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Hi I'm Scott Wright

I'm a husband and dad. For work I find ways to safely clean up chemical and nuclear weapon waste. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of 8, yes 8, children, all with my beautiful wife to whom I've been happily married for the last 18 years. I grew up in the city, but now we happily live outside a small town on land with various animals. When I was younger I had an idealistic vision of becoming a wealthy physician, traveling the world, and saving world's poor, but I'm human and won't realize that idealized vision from my youth. Instead I think I've been richly blessed and enjoyed much good in life, perhaps better than I could have had otherwise. I have my family and the flexibility and time to enjoy them. Life has been wonderful. We have been able to travel and live in wonderful places. I believe that my life has been so wonderful because of the direction that the Jesus' teachings have given me in life, friendships I've had through my church participation and ample opportunities to serve others, that has taken my focus in life off of just been selfish and self-serving.

Why I am a Mormon

If you would have asked me this when I was twelve, I'd have said, "Because my mom and dad are Mormon." But life's not that simple when you grow up. People fall in and out of their faith, without being anchored. I'm a Mormon now, and continue to be, because I feel that I'm doing the right thing, that I'm in the right places, doing the right things at the right times, and it gives me a feeling of peace, security and safety. I'm a scientist. I love the basic sciences: physics, chemistry and biology, and I love to learn by the scientific method. I'm aware of the basic accepted scientific ideas of our day. I can't say I have empirical evidence that God lives, Jesus is my Savior from death and sin and my church is the church with the truth. No, but I don't need to. I can say that as I've followed Jesus, not perfectly, but as He says to come and see for ourselves, I have. And as I have done this I have seen, His promised results happen. I feel peace, happiness and an assurance that I'm headed in the right direction, so by these results I feel confident saying that life continues after death, there is a God that loves me, Jesus is my Savior, and that this is His church, directed by Him. This is how learning by faith works and I'm comfortable with this and invite you to do the same: Come and see. Sincerely try things out. And see what happens.

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday morning with my family. It starts early, as we have a big family to get ready. We normally end up driving multiple cars and pick up multiple people who don't drive and would like a ride to get there. Each Sunday afternoon try to pull aside each of my children and have a heart-felt talk with each of them, usually while we are on a walk in the park, about their faith and its development and challenges they are facing. My wife and I also plan and discuss each of our children and how their beliefs are growing and forming. I try to listen a lot more than talk, but I'm human, and its hard to keep my mouth shut sometimes when I should be listening to them. Throughout the week, like most people, we are busy, but we start and end each day kneeling in family prayer. We eat dinner together and buzz around the kitchen and bathrooms together in the morning for breakfast. Early each morning we read from the scriptures together as a family and discuss what is being taught in them as we take turns reading verses. Like most dads I know I can't be with my children constantly, so we hope that we are teaching and modeling correct behaviors and principles in the home and we hope and pray for the best when I rush off to work each morning.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Scott Wright
Everyone in our church assumes a little more responsibility for one another because of the absence of a paid, professional clergy. We all have assignments to visit, teach and care for other members of our congregation. We also have assignments to ensure that Sunday worship services and/or youth ministries are happening. I think that is the way Jesus would want us all to be if He lived in my little town. There is no conflict of interest between the ministry and it being someone's employment. Ideally we are all just helping each other as our circumstances allow. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Scott Wright
Atonement is a word we often use in the church that means being saved. It is the great act of Jesus' sacrifice for us: His grace given to us. He suffered for our sins and losses and conquered death for all of us. He did this so that we can continue after this life. Our existence will continue and we might enjoy all of the wonderful things this life has to offer and much more, and live in the presence of God. Show more Show less