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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a second generation Californian. I have a wife and four kids and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Southern California. I like surfing, fly fishing, playing music, and family activities.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my great, great grandparents were converted to the Mormon church in the mid 1800's while living in Britain. They did not know each other at the time. They met in Salt Lake City and married. So, I guess you can say being Mormon is in my blood. Being raised in the Mormon church doesn't automatically give you the conviction to be active in the church. I believe everyone involved in our church at some point in their lives decides wether to dedicate their life to the church or not. I was not an active member in my youth. I started attending Brigham Young University, and I was required to take a Book of Mormon class. That was the first time I actually read the book, and it was also the first time I felt like this church was the living church of Christ. I say "living" because I believe that Christ is at the head, and that he is guiding the church through our General Authorities. I believe that Joseph Smith, who established the church in 1830, saw a vision, and was visited by our Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ, and through continual guidance and inspiration translated the Book of Mormon from ancient text written on golden plates. On a more personal level, I know what it is like to be living with and without the Church, and I can testify with experience that the best way to live life is to live by the teachings of this church and to strive every day to come closer to Christ by reading scriptures, praying, taking good care of my family, attending church and fulfilling the duties and responsibilities that I have in the church. I testify of these things in the name of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

To simply believe is not what Christ would have us do. If you know anything about Christ you know he spent his days on earth showing love to everyone he met. He wants us to do the same. Membership in the Mormon church enables us to live our lives as he would have us live it. We have jobs in the church which helps the organization of the church, and also gives us opportunities to express love to one another, which is His second greatest commandment. The first is to love Him. We teach that the family is the primary basic unit of the church, so we are very family oriented and we do many things that promote family unity.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Scott
 It is a false statement and misconception that Mormon's hate homosexuals. Father in Heaven requires us to love everyone. We do not hate individuals. We believe that Marriage is an institution created by God, and that God has defined it as being between a man and a woman. The church does not get involved in politics, but in this case, it was very important to take a stance against same sex marriage because we believe that is not what God wants it to be. If same sex marriages are allowed by law, then our church would not be able to perform marriages. If we excluded same sex marriage our church would be subject to litigation on the basis of discrimination. So, that would deprive all of our church members of the right to be married in our own church.  Show more Show less