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Hi I'm Scott A. Rankin

My wife and I have 6 children. I work as a Food Scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have six children - two daughters and four boys. I work at a university in the midwest and do work in the area of dairy foods research. My family is involved in many things including sports (mostly soccer) and music. I grew up in California where several LDS friends introduced me to the church. After joining the church, I served a mission in Japan for two years. Getting through years of schooling and finding work has led my wife and me far away from our families in California, but it seems like everywhere we go, we have a church family that provides a strong sense of community and belonging. I continue to do the simple things of my faith, like daily prayer, temple and church attendance and scripture study. Through obedience to the commandments, I feel like my family is overwhelmingly blessed on so many fronts. Additionally, my family has coped with many struggles, yet the peace extended to us in these trying times has been Heaven-sent and are are grateful for it. Good friends, happy children and a patient, kind spouse are among those blessings.

Why I am a Mormon

At one point in my life, I came to understand that God lives. In addition to our more routine senses and the logic we apply through careful thought, I also believe that we can be influenced by Heaven - by our Heavenly Father. Once I felt that influence, I came to understand that life is bigger than the collection of things that we can become engaged with - school, career, sports. Believing that God lives, provided a context and greater purpose for everything that I do. That belief is strengthened as I continue to follow the commandments and am obedient to His will and direction. It's true, I can't explain many things that occur in my life, but I just don't feel that my faith requires validation by some external standard of logic or reason.

How I live my faith

With six children and a demanding career, my wife and I are pretty busy running kids around to various activities, events and commitments, e.g. sports, music, doctors appts, etc. Every day seems a little different in some ways. The first thing that comes to mind is that we keep the Sabbath day holy by attending our church meetings and partaking of the sacrament and visiting members of our ward and community. The Sabbath is indeed a day of rest from the stresses and demands of this world. On an average day, I wake pretty early and catch up on the news of the day, then I study the scriptures and say a morning prayer. I head to work early and go to a gym to get in some exercise. My work day is pretty typical, with various meetings, email traffic and project management tasks. I often say prayers at work to help me better understand and respond to complex situations. I return home and may be involved in various tasks - soccer coach, home chores, homework help and additional church meetings. We almost always eat dinner together and have a family prayer and scripture study as part of the end-the-day activities. I end my day with a few personal tasks (more email!) and maybe some phone calls or responses to church members. Finally, I say my personal prayers, my wife and I say a prayer as a couple, then sleeeep! I tend to wake up often at night. I read the scriptures and contemplate life to return to sleep.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Scott A. Rankin
I was 14 when my father suddenly passed away from a hearth attack; I was a freshman in high school. I missed him terribly then and still do to this day. That sense of love and yearning for my own father is similar to my interest in and love for my Heavenly Father. As I look at my life my earthly father blessed me in so many ways and for that I am grateful. We had a home, food on the table and enjoyed many events and activities together. I felt that my father was proud of me and was very much interested in my future. If I consider all of the blessings of heaven and His interest in me, the feeling in my heart is so similar to the I have for my own father. Although I can't see or visit my own father, I do know that he lived and that he influences my life to this day. I feel the same way about my Heavenly Father. I can't just go somewhere and see Him, but I know He lives and in proud of me and is interested in my future. I think that if people would spend even a few minutes to just consider if there really is a God and that He is in fact your Heavenly Father, that they will feel as I have - that He lives. Show more Show less