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Hi I'm Scott Teague

I became a Mormon in 1990, at age 23.

About Me

I'm a husband and a dad of four girls, the youngest of whom has Down Syndrome and is a big glob of glue that keeps our family together and laughing. We have been suburban Southern Californians for all but two years of our 20-year existence as a family. I like to jog, surf, and play the drums and I'm a glamorous pump peddler . . . I sell pumps to the oil and power industries.

Why I am a Mormon

It was the summer of 1989 (age 22). I was the summer before my last year of college, and I was having some serious thoughts about the future. I thought a lot that I needed to clean up my life before starting my career, and someday a family. I felt the need to fix reckless behaviors and gain a sense of spirituality and purpose in life. I knew two things at the time: One, the college life of binge drinking wasn't satisfying. I used drinking as a crutch for my social weaknesses, and I kept thinking it wasn't all the fun I expected it to be. Second, I knew I believed in the God of The Bible, but I didn't know how I wanted to or should believe in Him. I started to study religion independently and read the Bible a bit. I even studied Rastafarianism because I thought Reggae music was cool. After reading two books about it, I knew it wasn't for me. At the same time, my best buddy starting going back to the Mormon church after years of inactivity. I went to church with him, and I started reading the Book of Mormon to see what it was about. The Mormon church is really big on finding out if it's true (or gaining a testimony) by "feeling the Spirit", or being influenced by the Holy Ghost, described as a burning in your heart or a very peaceful feeling. I felt this in a really intense, profound, sublime way when I went to church, met with the misssionnaries, and read the Book of Mormon. I experienced this before anyone ever explained it to me, so I was kinda stuck and couldn't deny it. I never wanted to become a Mormon. They were always people I made fun of, so becoming one of them was the last thing I wanted to do. :) I learned about the Church and attended for an 8-months. I read the entire Book of Mormon and about half of the Doctrine & Covenants (other Mormon scripture, look it up if you care). One day, a girl from church came to my house, got in my face, and said, "You know it's true. You need to be baptized." She was right, so I did.

How I live my faith

I've been a Mormon for 21 years (approaching half my life) . . . no regrets whatsoever. It was the best decision of my life that has lead to lots of good stuff, including my family. We're FAR from perfect in living as a Mormon family, but we try to work as a team, and with some faith, hope everything turns out ok. :) The coolest thing about being a Mormon is that there is no separation between clergy and congregation. If we choose to, we all have "callings" and responsibilities within the "ward". I'm currently our Bishop's 2nd counselor, and my wife is the Primary Prez. It's very cool to watch God mold you, to help you progress as an individual and develop skills (teaching, leadership, etc.) while blessing the lives of others at the same time. To me, that's pure Christianity.