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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a retired business executive and a recent convert. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to a devout Mormon woman for 45 years. I joined the church in 2007 after 40 years of stubborn, prideful resistance. My only regret in life is that I took so long to acknowledge and accept the truth of the restored gospel. I now have an absolute, unshakeable testimony of that truth and am truly blessed to have found a woman willing and patient enough to wait for me to "get it". My sweetheart Sallee and I have 3 children and 8 grandchildren who we dote on and spoil relentlessly. She and I are avid golfers and also enjoy 4 wheeling and travelling together. I also enjoy white-water rafting, and motorized parasailing.

Why I am a Mormon

We live in a coarse and tempting world. I compare it to sandpaper. If it rubs against you long enough it will create an open sore and eventually become infected. At the age of 64, I had been rubbed raw by this sandpaper world and infection had indeed set in. I needed spiritual medication to heal. Throughout my life, I had been content with my personal brand of Christianity; one that acknowledged God and Jesus Christ but relied more on reason and ethics and the Golden Rule as its guiding precepts. Though I had been married to a Mormon for 40 years, I consistently rejected the need for a church in my life because I was convinced my intellect and reason and personal morality would prevail. Yet my moral compass didn't always point me in the right direction. I realized my compass was directed, not by Christian ideals, but by pride; and pride could not cure my infection. It just created emotional calluses. I found myself becoming more and more tolerant of unacceptable behavior, not only in myself, but in others. My prideful self attempted intellectual rationalization, but that didn't work. So I swallowed my pride and sought counselling. During this time I discovered a definition of pride which described my condition perfectly: "Pride is the excessive belief in one's own abilities that prevents one's recognition of the the grace of God." I had never swallowed my pride long enough to inquire about the truth of this church because deep down I think I knew that accepting it would invalidate my long held position that I was above it all. I soon learned that there is no room for pride when you are on your knees hearing your own voice asking of God. So I studied and prayed and listened for my answer. When it came, I KNEW this church and its gospel were true. Knowing the truth, I am proud no more; for I have been humbled and baptised and healed and I am blessed beyond measure. I have a shield against this sandpaper world. There are no more sores; there will be no more infection.

How I live my faith

Throughout my adult life I had been a heavy social drinker and would be defined as "worldly" by most people. My journey to baptism was indeed a "long and winding road." In that regard I am often asked to share my journey with investigators and church members alike. I have also spoken at our state prison and served as a ward missionary and teacher. I currently serve as a worker in my local temple and find enormous pleasure in administering the ordinances of the restored gospel to my fellow Saints. I try through word and action to be an example of faithful discipleship and obedience to LDS principles.