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Hi I'm Scott

I grew up in the Seattle area. I have a PhD in physics and have worked for two Nobel Prize winners. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad to 6 boys and 3 girls. They're a pretty brainy bunch and between band, orchestra, scouts, driving, and a few sports and school activities, they keep us pretty busy. I enjoy spending time with my wife and children. We like to hike and camp when we can pull them away from their friends, phones, and the computer. I have worked with teenage boys in the scouting organization for several years. I run as a hobby. I served a mission for the church in Arkansas. I have a PhD in physics. After graduate school and post-doctoral training, I took a job teaching physics in Utah. I few years ago I moved my family to Germany for a year while I did some research in Munich.

Why I am a Mormon

I absolutely love the gospel. I love what it teaches about Christ and how we can become "new creatures" through the Christ's great sacrifice, his suffering, death, and resurrection. I love how the gospel teaches us about what is important, that we are here on Earth to learn and to become more like our Father in Heaven. I know he lives. I know he loves us. I grew up as a Mormon. I had great examples in my home of devoted Christian discipleship. Still, I had to become converted to Christ and to receive my own witness about his reality and his divinity and his plan for me. Through Christ's grace, through prayer, repentance, faith, and fasting, I have received answers to my prayers that have given me great confidence in the gospel. I love the Book of Mormon. It contains many beautiful and profound teachings that increase my faith. I wish everyone would read that book and prayerfully consider its key teachings.

How I live my faith

Hopefully my faith shows up most strongly in how I treat others. At home, with all of my children, I have many opportunities every day to practice patience and love, as one might imagine.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Of course, science is all about understanding how things work. The goal of modern science is to explain the world without having to talk about a supreme being. Some science-minded people don't believe in God because science does this so well. But we need to approach God on his terms, not ours. I believe in God because of my personal experiences with him. I have felt his spirit when I pray and many of my prayers have been answered. I believe in him because of impressions and inspiration I receive from him. One remarkable piece of tangible evidence about God is the Book of Mormon. It is an impressive book that describes God's involvement with people a few thousand years ago in the American continent. It was translated by Joseph Smith and stands as a witness of God, his plan, and his love. A close study of the book leads the reader to the inescapable conclusion that it is inspired. That conclusion, in turn, builds faith in God and has a number of consequences including the reality of God's existence and his involvement in our lives. Show more Show less