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Hi I'm Scot

I'm a data scientist, helping understand client behaviors of a large financial firm. My wife and I have adopted 3 children.

About Me

After nearly a decade in engineering, I made a career change to become a data scientist and I love it. I married my wife in 2003 and we have adopted three children, two as infants that were born in Texas while I was in graduate school there and one as a year and half year old who was born in Korea. I try to stay active with mountain biking, indoor rock climbing (I even built a small wall in my garage!), volleyball, and ping pong.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up a Mormon, my mother joined the church when she was 18 and my paternal grandfather joined the church when he was 50. When I was a teenager, I wanted to decide if I would continue in this faith or choose another path. Almost all of my friends attended different churches. I attended some of their services and learned more about their religions and faith. I found much good and much truth, but I have only felt a completeness by attending this church and learning all the doctrines there. I read the scriptures and prayed and felt good about everything. I am a logical person and the doctrine made sense to me, answering the questions I had about who I was, why I was here on earth, and how Jesus Christ could be a part of my life. I know that Jesus Christ is at the head of my Church, that he guides it through prophets and revelation, and I have received personal revelation and inspiration from the Holy Ghost to guide me in my life and all the big decisions I have made. I constantly have to reaffirm that faith and commitment as I experience life. There have been many good times and many hard times, but looking to my Father in Heaven has helped me understand that I am his son and there is a purpose for me to learn and grow and be the best me that I can be.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to serve at church and help out. Everything I have done has been voluntary and has helped me to grow and hopefully help others. I have sung in choirs and played piano and organ. I have taught youth classes and planned and participated in activities with the teenage boys. I had a fun time coaching young men playing basketball and camping with them through Boy Scouts. I helped the youth plan, write, produce, and perform a musical in just one weekend. I have worked with the men in the congregation to help others in need, visit the sick, take care of the church, pick weeds at church farms, and many other activities. I regularly visit families to make sure they are doing well and help them out when they are in need.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Scot
I do believe that families will be together in heaven. Since we have adopted three children, each has been sealed to us in the temple, which makes us an eternal family. The feelings I have felt and the unity that I have with my wife and children are one of the greatest gifts Heavenly Father has given to me. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Scot
We are particular sensitive to this question and topic because of our infertility. We have tried to have children the 'normal' way and also have sought out medical help to conceive, without success. One of our children that we adopted was moments away from being aborted when her sister and mother convinced her that there was a different option - adoption. We still have a relationship with the family. We are glad that our son is here with us. The birthmother of another of our children decided to place her child for adoption when she realized that her relationship with her boyfriend was not going to work out and that she, at 17, was too young to raise a child alone and realize the opportunities in life that she had. There are some situations that abortion may be necessary due to bad situations, but these are usually more of the exception. We have been blessed by brave, courageous mothers who carried these babies and placed them in a family that could not have children otherwise. We thank God every day for this. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Scot
The role of a husband and wife in a family is to work together. Children are important and take a lot of time and effort, but time is still needed for dates, courtship, and conversation. In our family, we have assumed traditional roles of me going to work and providing for the family and my wife staying home with the kids and running the home. We share the responsibility of teaching and spending time with our kids and regularly discuss how our efforts are similar and consistent. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Scot
Mormon women share similar tastes, ambitions, and interests and non-Mormon women for the most part. I see them as equal to men. Perhaps we may have different roles at church, the opinions and contributions of women are just as important as those of men if not more-so, as us men sometimes don't have the same talents, especially compassion, that many women do. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Scot
I compare my lifestyle to my friends that are not of the same faith, and there are more similarities than differences. We go to work, we spend time with our families, we play sports, we go to the movies, we worry about the economy, ... Many of the differences are small and not limited to Mormons, like choosing not to drink alcohol at social functions, or choosing to view good movies that limit bad language and sexual situations. There is some time devoted to helping out at church or with church members, but many of my neighbors also devote similar time to their churches or other causes. Show more Show less