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Hi I'm Scott.

I'm a city clerk, husband, father of four boys, and I live in the Seattle area. I like to spearfish and write songs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband to a beautiful, loving wife and a father of four boys, each of whom have very different looks and personalities. I earned Bachelor's and Masters degrees in East Asian Studies, speak English and Korean, and am currently employed as a city clerk. What does a city clerk do, you ask? Lots of interesting things, but if I had to sum it up, I would say: I help the members of my community understand and navigate the bureacracy that often accompanies local government. Although I sit at a desk and stare at a computer monitor most days, I thrive on physical activity. I enjoy exercising at the gym and participating in a variety of activities, including cycling, running, scuba diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and spearfishing. I play the piano and am learning to play the guitar, bass guitar, and drums. I enjoy working at my home music workstation composing my own songs. Music has been a big part of my life. I love the outdoors, the beauty of the earth, and the wonders of the world as provided by our Creator. I am thankful for the blessing of good health and for the ability to participate so fully in God's creations. Despite my random interests and hobbies, the most important things in my life are my family, my faith, and my friends. I try to maintain a healthy sense of humor and try not to take myself too seriously. When I sense things are getting too serious, I feel the urge to crack a joke and lighten things up.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I recognize that the values that my parents instilled in me at an early age were a roadmap to happiness and fulfillment. I was taught about Jesus Christ and the special mission he undertook on behalf of God's children. He lived a perfect life and showed us how we can follow in his footsteps if we take his yoke upon us. In the book of Matthew, the Savior said "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." I'm a Mormon because I received a personal witness of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I l love the Book of Mormon because, like the Bible, it is a testament of Christ and His atoning sacrifice for all mankind. I'm a Mormon because I know that just like my earthly family, I have a Father in Heaven who loves me and wants me to be happy. The key to achieving happiness is living a life worth living-- one that includes exercising faith, hope, charity, love, and engaging in selfless service on behalf of others. In other words, following the Savior's example. Though it's not always easy and I am far from perfect, I know that redemption is possible through God's grace.

How I live my faith

My calling in the Church keeps me heavily involved in all aspects of my ward. I'm involved with the youth, primary-aged children, Sunday School, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and am assigned a home teacher to a number of families. I do my best to practice what I preach and to be a good example to others. The Mormon faith teaches us the value of giving selfless service to others, and I believe that we serve God by serving others. The scriptures are a blessing in my life because as I read them, it helps me understand how others exercised faith in Christ, and how they overcame challenges and obstacles in their lives. Sometimes it can be easy to think that I am the only one who ever experienced a particular problem; yet the scriptures continually remind me that I am not alone. Through regular prayer, scripture study, attending my church meetings, and by exercising faith and good works, I am developing spiritually and growing closer to my Heavenly Father. I strive to teach the importance of these principles to my children, to our ward members, and to anyone who seeks to find a greater meaning of life.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Families are important to Mormons because they provide a setting for much of the growth we experience in life. In families we love, serve, teach, and learn from each other. We believe it is possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally. This knowledge brings a great sense of peace and comfort in my life and reminds me of my most important priorities. Show more Show less