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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a teacher, artist, blackbelt, small business owner, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I was born and raised among the valleys of the Rocky Mountains of Northern, Utah. I have earned bachelor and master’s degrees in music. An Eagle Scout, I still enjoy working with both young and old scouts alike. Besides Utah, I have lived in Missouri, Sweden, Georgia, Michigan, Virginia, and now Iowa. I am married to my best friend and am the father of three amazing sons. I am a member of the military, and a black belt in Taekwon-do. I love to travel and I have visited thirty-two states and fourteen countries. I also enjoy camping, hiking, cycling, skiing, scuba diving, drawing, painting, photography, and especially hanging out with my family. I also love to cook and my kids say that I make the best chocolate malts ever. I own a small wood-working business making items designed to bring out the imagination in kids of all ages and have recently begun writing a novel.

Why I am a Mormon

I was making some poor choices in my early teens and the path on which my decisions were leading me would eventually bring me into darkness if I didn't do something about it. Following my feshman year in high school I transfered to a new school and met two wonderful and incredibly patient friends. These friends understood what the Savior meant when, in answer to the question, "who is my neighbor?" he taught the parable of The Good Samaritan. These two friends picked me up, cleaned my wounds, and set me on the path that would lead me to the healing balm of the atonement of Jesus Christ. After two years of gentle prodding, They convinved me to give seminary (daily religious instruction available to youth betwen the ages of 14-18) a try. As we studied The Book of Mormon that year, my heart begn to soften and I began to feel the endless love of the Savior. At the end of my senior year in high school our instructor bore powerful witness of the divinity and truthfulness of The Book of Mormon and of the promise contained therein that if we ask in faith if it is true, with real intent, Heavenly Father will reveal the truth of it by the power of the Holy Ghost. I asked and Heavenly Father kept His promise in a miraclulous way. As I have grown, I have had many opportunities to feel the deep love of the Savior and the effects of His infinite atonement in my life. All those years ago in that seminary class room, The savior bore witness to me that The Book of Mormon is the word of God, that it was translated by the gift and power of God by a prophet in our day, and that His matchless priesthood power and authority has, again, been restored to the earth. Why am I a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Because I know it is true. I know it and I know that God knows it. It is everything to me. It is what binds me to my family, it what will allow me one day, if I am faithful, to overcome the sting of death and sin, and live in joy with my family forever.

How I live my faith

The Savior taught: “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).” Though I am certainly far from perfect, I endeavor to set a good example for my family, my neighbors, and be a force for good in the community in which I live. I have many opportunities to serve in the various wards and branches in which I have lived. As a ward choir director, I have the opportunity to share my testimony of the Savior through the wonderful gift of music not only with the choir members, but also through those listened to our music. As both a Cub and Boy Scout leader I have been able to help the boys and young men learn and grow, develop strong and healthy relationships, master new skills, and exemplify the scouting tenets of duty to God, Duty to country, and duty to self. As a primary (Sunday religious instruction to children ages 3-11) teacher, the children from 6-11 have unfailingly taught me what Christ-like love and what being “humble even as a little child” is really all about. I am grateful for the many lessons these wonderful little children have taught me over the years. As a mission leader it is my distinct privilege to serve alongside the Lord’s full-time missionaries and the members as we invite all to come unto Christ. The chance to share my testimony of the resurrected Lord and His restored gospel is a humbling and exciting opportunity. I am grateful for my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and hope that when I leave this earth I will have left it more beautiful than when I arrived here.

Are Mormons Christians?

I am always surprised when people ask me if I believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the central figure in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints. He is our savior, our redeemer, our advocate with the Father. He lived to show us the way back to Heavenly Father, through His infinite atonement he overcame the bonds of sin; through His resurrection He overcame the bonds of death. He did these things for us so that we might live and return to Him and the Father. This is His church, it bears His name. Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and that He loves us all. Show more Show less