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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married 40 years, have four married children and eighteen grandchildren, ages 16 to 1 year. We rejoice to see the courage and faith of our younger couples and their children. We reflect fondly on the phases of our life, marvel at what we have learned and how much we have to be grateful for, and look forward daily to doing good things for each other and those around us. A few years ago we downsized from our large home in San Jose, CA to living nearby in an apartment in lovely Los Gatos, CA rent-free with modest income in exchange for our part-time property management services. We have sufficient for our needs in the circumstances in which we live and the discretionary time to work on interesting business projects. We enjoy working together as a couple on almost anything, especially in the temple, on family history, in public affairs and welfare services, and as member missionaries. We enjoy morning walks and occasional bike rides. We try to eat well and get the right amount of sleep to keep our energy levels up. We don't watch TV anymore, preferring to read or watch uplifting movies and engage in good causes.

Why I am a Mormon

I remember spiritual feelings many times as I listened to what I was taught in Church talks and lessons, in Sacrament Meeting, Primary, Sunday School, later in Priesthood Meetings, Seminary, family home evenings, and many conversations with my parents and grandparents and others, and as I read the scriptures and other good books. My faith and testimony and spiritual feelings were especially strong when I taught lessons and gave talks and bore my testimony, especially when I expressed love for the Lord and His work and my desires to serve Him. The earliest talk I remember giving was I think when I was six, on Captain Naaman, and I remember feeling so good as I encouraged us all to be obedient to whatever the prophet tells us to do. I remember feeling good about “giving” when I sang the little song, “Give said the little stream.” My mother taught me a lot, much of which I really internalized. I had an exceptionally wonderful experience when I was I think ten and read the Book of Mormon for the first time by myself. I remember being somewhere in Alma feeling the greatest spiritual feeling I had ever felt to that point in my life. It was combined with an absolute feeling of certainty that this book was really true, that without doubt it was of God. After that, I had many times when I felt what might be called intense desire to live up to what I read and listened to. I began to discover more and more that the more I lived like Heavenly Father wanted me to live, the stronger I felt about pleasing Him. I really wanted to be as good as He wanted me to be, to do what He wanted me to do, to speak and think how He wanted me to. That desire to please the Lord gradually became my greatest motivation. I really wanted to be obedient. From as young as I can remember, I really wanted to serve a full-time mission, to marry in the temple, and have a family and raise them up to the Lord. I really wanted to serve the Lord however He wanted.

How I live my faith

It boils down to doing my best to do what I believe my Heavenly Father wants me to do in my daily life with my wife, my family, my community, and the various organizations I participate in. I enjoy a lot of variety in interaction with others, listening, smiling, serving, ministering, if you will. Having spent many years in formal Church leadership, it is now fun and rewarding to help as needed much more behind the scenes. I love having the means and flexibility provided by modern forms of communication, to be responsive to family, friends, and associates, and accomplish much more than was possible before this era of Internet and Smartphones.