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Hi I'm Scott

I love to work hard. I love to play hard. I love to serve. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Spanish Fork, Utah. I was the kid that would walk around the neighborhood and that everybody knew. I've had a independent personality since I was young. I guess that comes from growing up as the youngest of 8 kids in my family. I love music. I know how to play several instruments but I'm best at Violin and Piano. I also was in a children's chior for from age 4 until I was 18. I graduated from high school while at the same time graduating with an Associates Degree from a local University. I have traveled a lot and definetely have a love for traveling. I love to swim, snorkel, and scuba diving. I love to hike and go camping with friends and family. During high school I worked at a company that does Internet Marketing and SEO. I left my job and schooling for the space of 2 years to serve a mission in South Carolina. I am currently working on a Bachelors Degree in Internation Business.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, where my parents and church members taught me many precious values which have helped me out a lot. I chose to be baptized when I was 8 years old and I am very glad that I made such a wise decision. I knew that what I was taught was true and that the Book of Mormon and Bible are scripture from which we can recieve guidance and knowledge about what to do. It felt right. I was happy and could feel God's love for me. But their have come many other moments when I recieved stronger witnesses that this is the real deal. I can feel a great peace when I am at church. I feel more energy and excitement about life everytime I read the Book of Mormon and find an answer to a question that I have had in my mind. The Lord has answered my prayers when I ask Him for confirmations on what I learn. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I also know that He has restored His true church to the earth. So even though I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I have definetely gained my own witness that this church is the one that Christ established. I know this from reading the Book of Mormon for myself and praying to God, asking if it what I am doing is correct.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am a serving as a full time missionary to hispanics. That means I go around teaching hispanics about Christ and invite them to come unto Christ through learning about and living His Gospel and teachings which He has restored to the earth today. That is what I am fully dedicated to, 24/7. I have left my family, friends, xbox, job, college, and mountains for the space of 2 years to be able to do this. Was it hard? Yes. Has it been worth it? Absolutely. I have gained such a great appreciation for faith in Christ in my life as I have seen it change the lives of those that I work with. Do I get turned away often? Yes, but I love it when those who are seeking to follow Christ listen to this message. I study the scriptures and try my best to live what I learn each day. They have been a great help in keeping the commandments and keeping my life happy. I'm continually working on learning to love as much as Christ loves each one of us. Service probably the biggest way that I try to share the love that God has shown towards me.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Scott
I guess this one is a personal one because this is what I did everyday as a full-time missionary. Yep, I was one of those that you occasionally see in a suit and tie, riding on bikes. I went to share the Gospel message because it is something that God has commanded to do. It is something that brings me joy . I have felt the happiness, strength, and comfort that the Gospel of Jesus Christ gives. I feel God's love for me everyday. I want to share that same love and happiness that I have. I have also felt the sting of rejection and sadness that I'm sure God feels when he see's us reject His son, Jesus Christ. And I know that following Jesus Christ's example and Gospel is the only way that people can have this same joy that I feel. In the midst of rejection, I was blessed by those who listened. I sought out those who are willing to listen and learn about Jesus Christ, and how His Gospel has been restored. I have seen the way people's lives have been changed through Christ's Atonement as they have lived the message that the missionaries share. It is something extraordinary. I aw miracles happen everyday. The joy that comes from serving my God and helping people's lives change for good is why I served a mission and why I continue to share the happiness that I have. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Scott
To pay for my mission, I started saving up at the age of 14. I was working for my parents to gain money and at the age of 16 I got a job at an internet marketing company. I worked full-time during the summers and part-time during the school months. My parents have helped me with some of the money that I still needed. This is the story of many missionaries. They save up during the high school years and their families help them with that they need left. It is very much a personal sacrifice to serve a mission. We know the importance of helping others and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ so we prepare and do what we can to make that possible. The sacrifice of time and money to come on a mission has payed itself off, not financially, but as I have recieved many blessings, strength, and experiences that are making me stronger to face the challenges that will come the rest of my life. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Scott
As members, we are grouped into local congregations which are called "wards" or "branches". In these groups/congregations, we meet at a nearby chapel on Sundays. The leaders of these groups are called Bishops or Branch Presidents. They are not paid, just as nobody in the church is paid for callings that we recieve. Their dedication of time and service can truly be called service. The rest of us as members accept positions to serve in the church. Some of us are teach classes, others help clean the building, others visit members in their homes, and pretty much anything that is needed, there will be a member that is willing to do it out of service. We know that when we are serving one another, we are in the service of our God. Jesus Christ taught in the Book of Mormon and the Bible, "For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." 3 Nephi 13 verses 32-33 The Lord will provide for us when we do what He asks. We may not be paid money by the church, but we definetely are paid in blessings as the Lord will take care of us. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Scott
The Book of Mormon is just what it says on the front of it's cover: Another Testament of Christ. It is more scripture for us in these days to help us come closer to our Saviour Jesus Christ. Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets. They were called of God to lead and guide the people that lived here in the Ancient Americas. The Book of Mormon is their writings about their dealings with God and the history of the people's dealings with God. We can learn a lot from the experiences and testimonies of others. The Book of Mormon supports, teaches, and testify of the precious teachings that are taught in the Bible. I know that I have read it that I have come closer to God and really come to understand what Christ's commandments are and what his Gospel is. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that anybody else can know the same by reading the book and sincerely praying to know if it is true. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Scott
The family is something very important to us. God gave us our families for a reason. We are here to learn to to love and to grow. What better place to do that than within our family? In “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”, it explains our beliefs about the importance of family and the roles that we play within the family. Families can be together forever. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints focuses on strengthing the family unit so that we can reach that goal of being able to be with one another forever. I am very grateful for my family. My mom and dad, brothers and sisters, neices and nephews, are one of the greatest sources of joy and support that I have in this life. I am grateful that I can be with them together forever in this life and the next if we all live the way Jesus Christ has taught us. Even though I have lost loved ones in my family, I can trust that I can see them again. This brings me even more joy, comfort, and strength to face the challenges of everyday. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Scott
How do we come to anything is true? We study, experiment, and experience. Just as you want to know about other things, action is required. Some of the key things that we can do to come to know our Heavenly Father are praying, reading the scriptures, and keeping the commandments which He has given us. Prayer is the method that we can have direct communication with Him. Simply asking for a reassurance that God exists, through prayer, can work wonders. I know that as I have prayed several times for His love, I have felt that He is there and have felt that He truly does love me. Reading the scriptures is another essential way to come to know our Father in Heaven. The scriptures are full of testimonies and witnesses of God's divinity. They have had sacred experiences with God and they teach us how we can too. The Prophets help us to experiment upon their words that will lead us towards God. The desire to believe is the first step, let it lead to action and you will recieve a witness that God is there, what He expects of us, and how we can return to live with Him in happiness. Show more Show less