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Hi I'm Scott

South African born, lived in Utah and currently in Florida. I'm a full-time missionary and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in South Africa. When I was 14, we all moved to Utah. I played football and rugby at Timpview High School in Provo and attended a year of BYU before going to serve the Lord in the Florida Jacksonville Mission. I love just jamming out on my guitar. I'm also an avid reader and writer. I developed my passion for writing at a young age, just doing short stories. I took that up a level and started to write songs and novels. I learned to love books at a young age and have always loved to just chill out with a good book. As a result, I love the Book of Mormon and the message that it contains. The Book of Mormon is a work of literary genius and is probably the greatest book even written. There is no way that it could have been written by men. It has to be of God.

Why I am a Mormon

I've grown up in the church, but I've always gone off of what my parents said. However, I started to have some doubts until one day, I was at a youth activity with my cousin and some friends, where we listened to an apostle of the Lord talk about the divinity of the Book of Mormon. The Holy Ghost witnessed to me that this was a man of God and that everything he said was true.

How I live my faith

I am living my faith by serving a mission for the Lord. As a full-time missionary in the Florida Jacksonville Mission, I teach the gospel to people who don't have this incredible gift in their lives. I teach people about the restored church and the Book of Mormon because I know that it will bless their lives and the lives of their families.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Scott
We believe in baptism by immersion, just as Jesus Christ was. Most Christians churches practice this too, and they're doing the best with what they have. But it is our bold message that the authority to baptize in the name of Christ was restored to Joseph Smith, so we are the only church that has that authority. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Scott
Sure do. The 8th Article of Faith of the Church states that "We believe the Bible to be the word of God so far as it is translated correctly". Even though we have the Book of Mormon, we believe that the Bible is still as important as the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is simply another record and doesn't replace the Bible in any way. I love hearing the words of the prophets and reading about the life of Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Scott
Missionary work is at the core of our church. The Savior counselled his disciples to go out and teach the gospel. In John 21, Jesus asks Peter 3 times if he loves Him. Peter responded in the affirmative all three times. The Savior admonishes him after all three answers to "Feed my sheep". I am a missionary because I know how much the gospel can bless our lives and I want to share that amazing message with everyone who doesn't know it. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Scott
If one doesn't have authority, they cannot act in God's name. For example, if a lawyer pulled you over and tried to write you a ticket, it wouldn't be valid, even though he probably knows the law better than a state trooper. However, if the state trooper writes you that ticket, you have to take it because he has that authority. It is the same with baptism. If one is baptized without the correct authority, even if they want to follow Christ and their intentions are pure, the person performing the baptism does not have that authority and cannot do so. This is why the Restoration of the priesthood through Joseph Smith is so important. He received that authority from Peter, James and John under the direction of Jesus Christ himself. Thus, everyone who has since received the priesthood can trace his authority directly to Christ. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Scott
We believe that Christ's church was perfect when he organized it on the earth. However, as the apostles were killed, the church fell and shattered. Several people went back to the Bible and tried to pick up the pieces of that church, but they couldn't quite get it and they didn't have the authority to act in God's name. This was prophecied in Amos 8:11-12. However, God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and restored the gospel and the authority through him. We now have the church as it was in Christ's time and we teach the same basic doctrines as He did. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Scott
Nope. I certainly wouldn't have come on a mission if I didn't want to. It is a commandment that all 19 year old men serve a mission, but it is certainly our choice. We are not paid and we go wherever we are called. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Scott
I definitely do. Amos 3:7 says "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." God is the same yesterday, today and forever, so it would be logical that there would be a prophet on the earth today. His name is Thomas S. Monson! Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Scott
Yes He did! Jesus loved the people in America just as much as He loved the people in Israel, so He visited them! And we have that record! It's the Book of Mormon! "And again the third time they did hear the voice, and did open their ears to hear it; and their eyes were towards the sound thereof; and they did look steadfastly towards heaven, from whence the sound came. And behold, the third time they did understand the voice which they heard; and it said unto them: Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him. And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them. And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying: Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world. And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning." So incredible! (Book of Mormon page 428) Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Scott
1 Corinthians 15:29 says " Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" This clearly shows that baptism for the dead was performed in the early church. We also believe that baptism is essential to do during life, and cannot be performed in the spirit world. Thus, in the temple, we are baptized in behalf of those who didn't have the opportunity to be baptized in this life. But you may be thinking, "We can just live whatever life we want and someone will be baptized for us, and it will be alright." This is not the case. Alma 34:34 (Book of Mormon page 295) teaches that, "Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess our bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world." We will have the same attitudes and personalities as we do in this life. So, even though we could perform a baptism for a person who is dead, it would be their choice whether to accept it or deny it. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Scott
This is the same question that a man named Korihor asked a prophet named Alma in the Book of Mormon. Korihor asked Alma to show him a sign that there is a God. This was Alma's response: Thou hast had signs enough; will ye tempt your God? Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy brethren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." This is so true! How are we even here without a God? There is no way that we can be. The chances are too small. Show more Show less