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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a 48 year old truck driver, husband, and father of 7. I like the outdoors, and all things "cowboy". I'm happy to be a Mormon.

About Me

I think I'm a pretty simple guy. I prefer a simple lifestyle and traditional values. My family and I are blessed to live somewhat out in the country. We have a little land, a horse, dogs, chickens, and room for our kids to run and play. My wife's parents and siblings are our neighbors, so the kids have lots of cousins around. I like the outdoors. A bit "old-fashioned", I prefer camping in the mountains to cities or beaches. My best decision ever was marrying my sweet wife. I am the father of seven: one boy and then six girls in a row. (Yeah, you read that right.) I also have two grandkids now. Some things that mean a lot to me are my family, traditional values (integrity, hard work, compassion, duty, etc.) and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 20 years old. I could make a long list of things I love and appreciate about the Mormon church, but they are all just icing on the cake. The reason I'm a Mormon is because it is true. It is the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, restored to the earth in these latter days. Many beautiful doctrines and ordinances of Christ that were lost to Christianity over the centuries have been restored again. Mormons are not perfect, but the doctrines taught are true and are the doctrines of Salvation. There are as many different reasons for joining a church as there are churches. I suppose many people look for a church that fits their ideas and lifestyle. That felt a little too much like trying to create God in my image, rather than the other way around. I chose to seek the truth and then follow it. I think that is what discipleship requires. As I learned the restored doctrines I could feel the Spirit fill my heart. I prayed to my Heavenly Father asking Him to guide me. He made it very clear to my heart and mind that it is true. Once I knew it is true I had to be part of it. It's been over 28 years and it means more to me now than ever. I'm aware that there are all sorts of speculation, wild rumors, and outright falsehoods about Mormons and what we believe. I would encourage anyone that seeks the truth to "come and see". There is just too much to lose otherwise. Besides marrying my wife, it is the other best decision I've ever made. :-)

How I live my faith

One of our articles of faith states "If there is anything that is virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things". I try to take this to heart. There is no shortage of dark and evil influences all around us. I think it's important to actively seek out spiritually uplifting experiences. I really love to feel the guidance and companionship of the Spirit. When I pray, repent, study the scriptures, serve others, keep my thoughts clean, make good choices, treat others with love, am a patient and loving husband and father, share the gospel, and a host of other things, I feel the Spirit strongly. When I make poor choices or lower my standards the Spirit withdraws and I can feel the difference. Living my faith means emulating the Savior, as part of my effort to BECOME more like the Savior. One of the great things I love about the Church is that it provides opportunities for us to serve others. We have no paid clergy. In the Church there are several programs and auxiliary organizations that are all run by the members. They provide us opportunities to serve and uplift others, while also sustaining others in the service they give. It's a great blessing to associate in these ways with others that are also striving to live our faith.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Scott
As the full title states, it is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is a record of some of the people that inhabited North America from about 600 BC to about 400 AD. These children of Heavenly Father were taught the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ through prophets, just like His children in Israel, the Middle East and parts of Europe were. Those prophets wrote accounts of their people and the gospel teachings, very similar to the Holy Bible. Now the Holy Bible and Book of Mormon have come together as "two or more witnesses" to proclaim that Jesus is the Christ. They compliment each other. By reading and comparing both, you can find clarification for sometimes misinterpreted or misunderstood teachings in the Bible. I don't understand why some people think it strange that Heavenly Father would communicate with ALL his children. I personally believe that there will be even more records of scripture found in the future and I will be ready to accept them. Please visit here: http://mormon.org/free-book-of-mormon Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Scott
Abslutely not. I have been personally involved in politics for years so I pay much attention to this. The church does not and will not endorse any candidate or political party. Much care is given to ensure that it will not even appear to do so. The Church does encourage members to be informed voters and to be active in their communities. It is very well understood at church meetings that we are there for the sake of the gospel, and that it is NOT an appropriate forum for any kind of electioneering for candidate or parties. Any phone or mailing list ever printed from a church computer comes with the admonition "for church use only" on the bottom of every page. This is not just policy, it is a respected principle. Any church member that used their church affiliation on which to campaign would swiftly meet with firm disapproval from members themselves. The Church has occasionally taken an active role in specific moral issues it determines to be important. I believe that is an appropriate, in fact crucial, role for churches to play in society. Show more Show less