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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Illinois & Ohio. I started my career as a geologist, but now work in marketing for a software company.

About Me

I really enjoy being outdoors and learning about nature. That’s why I decided to major in Geology in college. It was a profession that had potential for working outdoors. Today, I have ventured away from that chosen profession, but I still take every chance I can to be in the mountains. Currently living in Colorado has been ideal because of the close proximity to hiking, biking and snowshoe trails. Various jobs have taken my family and I various parts of the world. I have lived in Brazil because of my mission and speak fluent Portuguese. Because of that skill and my oil & gas background, we moved as a family to live in Venezuela, where I converted my Portuguese to Spanish. We also have had the opportunity to live in Switzerland, where I was a company officer of a public Swiss company. Those opportunities have given my wife, children and myself a great appreciation of other cultures and languages. We have also lived in Texas, where four out of five of my children were born and in New Hampshire, where we enjoyed the beautiful landscape and inspiring fall colors. Our last child was recently married and so my wife and I are on our own. We love to be together, working in the garden or going for long bike rides. Living in Colorado has been a great place to do both. We also enjoy traveling to visit our children and grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

My Catholic upbringing prepared me well for becoming a member of the Mormon Church. At a young age my mother taught me to believe in God and have faith in Jesus Christ. I will always be grateful to her. When I was 16, I met a beautiful girl in high school. Wanting to make an impression on her, I asked her "What religion are you?" Not a great pick-up line. She told me she was Mormon. I didn't have any idea what that meant, so in a effort to impress her the next day, I did some research. I found out that Joseph Smith had translated the Book of Mormon and was considered a prophet. I shared that with her the next day. Mainly because of my interest in her, I went to her Church and was visited several times by the missionaries. Although I didn’t have faith enough at that young age to recognize the truthfulness of the things they taught, it did leave a great impression on me. Later, during my early college years I began to question careers and direction in life. I began to look for answers in many ways. With sincere effort and prayer, I began reading and pondering the words that I was reading. One evening I distinctly felt that I had received an answer that the Book of Mormon was indeed the word of God and a true book of scripture. I remember reading a passage of scripture that penetrated my heart and I began to understand immediately what I needed to do – learn more and be baptized in the Church. Much to my mother’s disappointment, I was baptized. A year later, I left home to serve a mission in Brazil. During that time, I wrote that beautiful girl from high school, who was serving a mission herself in London. We continued writing each other over two years and when we both returned from our missions, were married in the Salt Lake City temple. Five children and three grandchildren later, I love her more today than I did back then. She was the one who initially planted the seed and was patient enough with me to help me understand my potential.

How I live my faith

I attend Church every Sunday with my wife and in fact, participate in an early morning meeting for leaders of our local congregation. We discuss and coordinate how to best help our members with any health, financial, spiritual or physical challenges they may face. I volunteer to work on our local Church farm and I help the missionaries serving in our area by coordinating their activities with the members. As a father, and because I hold the priesthood, I was able to baptize each of my children and while they were living at home, gave each of them a blessing before they started the new school year. Throughout the years, I have volunteered to be a Boy Scout leader, working with the young men of our congregation. I participate in service projects in the community as well. For instance after the Windsor, CO tornado in 2009, I volunteered to help clean up the aftermath. I enjoy teaching and have taught many Sunday school lessons. I have been assigned to visit 3 member families each month along with another brother. Our purpose is to teach a gospel centered lesson to them and to check on their welfare. The program is called home teaching and it’s a great way to stay connected on a personal level with other members.