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Hi I'm Scot

I grew up in Idaho, I have eight children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work for an accounting firm. I love to play with my kids, and watch them participate in baseball, basketball, scouts, and piano. My favorite thing to do when I come home from work is to do my exercises of bench pressing each of the younger children, and then throwing a ball around the yard with the older ones.

Why I am a Mormon

The church teaches that families are an eternal unit. We believe that marriage lasts through to the next life, and does not end at death. We lost one of our children at a young age to illness. Although it's hetic with the all the others, we often look through the chaos and still ponder about the one that's missing. We believe that through the atonement of Christ, we'll be able to see our lost child again, and we'll still have an opportunity to raise him.

How I live my faith

 I'm constantly impressed by the community focus of the church. My sons participate in scounts, which provides them opportunities to perform service. It's very rewarding to see how they grow and develop. They are also provided leadership opportunities at a young age. I can't imagine trying to create such important life experiences on my own. It's important to teach my children a strong work ethic, and also a constant view of giving back. I've also had the opportunity myself to focus on individuals in need - both spiritual need and temporal need. The church teaches us how to focus on individuals and rally to support them. This is truely the Christlike way - focusing on the one.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Scot
I've had many blessing come through the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. I've had some difficult trials in my life, and I've felt the warm comfort of the Holy Ghost provide me assurance in my times of need. I've also had many experiences in which the Holy Ghost guided me in where I needed to be, or what I needed to say. I have no doubt about the source of my inspiration when I need guidance. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Scot
I've had several questions from neighbors and coworkers about the Mormon Church being a cult. I had one coworker ask me why we don't believe in Christ, a question that stemmed from a world religion class he took. I don't know where these rumors start, or how certain beliefs get taken out of context and twisted. But let me say this - I believe in Jesus Christ - that same Christ that was prophesied about in the Old Testiment, that same Christ that preached in the New Testiment, that same Christ that was crucified and died for each us. I believe he was resurrected, and that He lives. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Scot
The church teaches us that husbands and wives should manage their family affairs as equal partners. There is a great reward in this life when a husband and wife face life's trials, and work together to overcome the obstacles. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Scot
In the Bible in the 2nd Chapter of James, he encourages us to be a "doer" of the Word. Just like physical strength, our faith in Jesus Christ increases when we study his life, and then live ours in a similar pattern. When we reach out to those in need, we feel our faith increase. Service doesn't need to be a significant project for all to see - but rather, making a meal for someone who's ill, mowing the lawn for a neighbor, making cookies for others, visiting the lonely. It's when we do these acts of services that we feel the love of Christ increase in our own lives, and we bring that love to others. Show more Show less