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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a Federal attorney. I'm an early morning seminary teacher. I'm an officer in the U.S. Air Force reserve. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I am a happily married father of four. Nothing in my life comes close to meaning as much to me as my family. My wife and 4 children are the source of my greatest joys. The reason I do anything of significance in my life is to improve their lives and allow them to learn and grow. I am blessed to have a devoted wife whose focus is our family. I am blessed to have amazing children. Each of them has different strengths and talents, but they all have underlying desires to be good and helpful. My oldest son is serving a mission in Texas. He is speaking Spanish and working with Hispanic people. He loves the language. He loves the culture of the people he is working with. He loves serving a mission. That love came because he committed himself to the work of the Lord. I was raised in a family with 8 children. My parents passed away in 2003. I was blessed to have the perfect parents for me. My memories of my parents are entirely positive and uplifting. I hope to be that kind of parent to my own children. My professional life is another source of blessings. I have generally worked for kindly bosses who have done a lot to build me and further my career. Since graduating from law school, my two employers have been the US Air Force and the US Dept of Health and Human Services. I find my employers to be honest and hardworking. Though I enjoy my work, my motto is: "I work to live, I don't live to work." Family comes first.

Why I am a Mormon

I deeply admire those who join the Church without having been raised in it. I marvel at how so many wonderful people fully embrace the gospel, even when it requires abandoning lifelong habits and ideas. For many, becoming a member of the Church requires a lot of changes. I was born to faithful Mormon parents. I was the 7th of 8 children. I don't remember ever wanting to be anything other than Mormon. I thrill at the blessings that flow from my membership in the Church. I wish everyone could see the value of living the gospel. I am a Mormon because I believe the atonement of Jesus Christ somehow allows us to overcome trials, adversity and sin. I am a Mormon because I know God lives and that he loves me. I am a Mormon because I believe the heavens are open and the our loving Father in Heaven communicates with us through His Spirit and through living prophets. I am a Mormon because I am a witness to the blessings we receive by following the counsel of prophets. I am a Mormon because I believe scripture includes the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and more. I am a Mormon because my faith gives me hope that my marriage and my family are forever. I am a Mormon because I know God wants me to be one.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, my faith infuses my life. It shapes who I am. I firmly believe that our purpose here on earth is to not only gain experience, but also to show God who we want to be for eternity. If we show Him that our primary purpose in this life is to gain carnal satisfaction, He will know what we value. If we show Him that our greatest desire is to become like Him by living a spiritually minded life, He will stand beside us. We have the agency to choose life and liberty or death and misery. I strive to live a life that keeps me free. As a member of the Church, we are encouraged to accept callings to serve. For the past five years, my calling has been to teach early morning seminary. Weekday mornings at six o'clock, I have the privilege of teaching the gospel to high school age students. We meet in a high school class room before any of the other students show up for school. This year, we are studying the Old Testament. On a rotating basis over a four-year period, we teach one of four different books of scripture: the Old Testament, the New Testament, The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants. This calling requires more time than many others in the Church, but studying the gospel with willing and bright high school students every morning is the source of countless blessings in my life.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Scott
The way to know whether the Church is true is to study its beliefs, ponder them in your heart, and then ask God whether it is true. When we study the Church's beliefs, we should make sure our source of information is the Church itself. Other sources are not always reliable and accurate. When we ponder the beliefs, we must do so with an open and sincere heart. God will tell us something is true by the power of the Holy Ghost. Each of us may feel the Holy Ghost differently, but some ways include feelings of love, joy and peace. Show more Show less