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Hi I'm Scott

I enjoy sports, science, history and my family, I am a convert and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the church, I was baptized on March 29, 2008. I grew up in Pennsylvania and went to school at the University of Maine where I enjoyed everything outdoors along with being a member of the swimming and diving team and a captain of the track and field team. I took my love of running and swimming and now compete in triathlons. I love challenges, especially climbing mountains, kayaking, athletic events, hiking long distances and rock climbing. There is always something amazing about being on a tall peak with the beauty of God's creation all around. I find it necessary to loose the noise of the world in the wilderness. I am a product of my experiences and my relationships. My parents taught me to be a good person and to be patient with others. My wonderful wife helps me be a better person each and every day. I could never progress if I did not have her as my best friend.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Catholic and continued in the religion of my childhood through my early 20's. I learned of the prophets from the Bible and the stories of Jesus Christ and his ministry from wonderful teachers and parents. I do not recollect meeting a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints until I was 20 years old. My first impression was that they were really good people, and that their parents must have raised them well. I began dating my future wife who was raised in the LDS church. I was lucky enough to be friends with her for the previous 4 years before we started dating. I put up a lot of resistance to the church, especially being taught by the missionaries - I was not going to change my religion for anyone but myself - only after I knew that it was true. I studied the Book of Mormon and the Church's doctrine for many months. I had been praying to know if the Book of Mormon was true and the word of God and if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God who was an instrument in the restoration of Christ's true church. At a Christmas program in Buena Vista, Virginia I was listening to two people sing the hymn "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" and during that song I knew that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His son Jesus Christ, I knew it through the power of the Holy Spirit who testified of this to me and I could not deny it and I will never deny it. From this knowledge I knew that not only was Joseph Smith a prophet called of God but that the Book of Mormon is true and the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church. Having the Gospel in my life has been the greatest blessing, my life is better and is complete happiness because of the plan of salvation. I know that families can be together forever, even after we go through mortal death.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through trying to align my desires with the will of my Heavenly Father. To do this requires a lot of hard work, study, prayer and faith. There are many times that I must step in to the proverbial "darkness" not knowing what to expect only relying on my faith to keep moving forward. I always seek guidance from my Heavenly Father especially when it pertains to His work. I serve as the activities coordinator for multiple congregations (stake) in our area. I organize such events as Easter and Christmas programs, Pioneer Day Celebration and Softball games. I find great joy in serving others and being able to get to know people by learning about them. We are asked to watch over others in the church, even those who have not been to church in a while. Some of my greatest experiences have been visiting these individuals and families as I visit with them in their homes. We are all brothers and sisters, I live my faith by doing my best by treating all those that I meet with love and respect.