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Hi I'm Scott Pope

I am a 20 year citizen Soldier as a member of the Arizona Army National Guard and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Soldier in the US Army, having spent two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. I am a father of three and have always resided in the west, currently residing in Arizona. Depsite the summer temperatures, I still enjoy living in this area. Besides, it is a dry heat. I have taken a break from school but I do want to go back and finish up my MBA once I allot the time to do so. I like reading and spending time with family and friends. I enjoy physical activities and staying active. Exercising, running and playing golf are great ways to relax and I know we all need a form of release some in order to deal with the many frustrations and anxieties from the daily battles we all face. I have spent the last dozen years as a liquidation consultant for a company that has allowed me to travel around America and meet many wonderful people and enjoy a plethora of neat experiences that I cherish. I am a patriot and a firm believer of the Constitution as a divinely inspired document. I had the opportunity to spend some time in Germany as an active member of the United States Army and I enjoyed my time in Europe; it was most memorable. My travels have given me a better appreciation for what we in America enjoy and I strive daily to not take any of that for granted. I feel I have a unique perspective of our country having served over 20 years in the military. My hope is that we as Americans will stick together, protect the freedoms we enjoy, and truly appreciate the freedoms which we have.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church as a member because I had family members that came before me that were converted to the gospel and then passed it down from generation to generation. I am grateful for my pioneer heritage and the sacrifices my Forefathers made in my behalf. Being a member of the church has given me a firm foundation, based on a value system that I think has in many ways, lost some it's vibrance and significance here in America. Values such as personal courage, freedom, agency to act for oneself, selfless service, loyalty, duty, integrity, respect, honesty, courtesy, patriotism, faith, and honor, just to name a few, are still critical componenets of what this country was founded on. And although I remain optimistic about our future, I feel some of those values have slipped in terms of importance and the passing on of these values to our posterity. I appreciate my membership in the church because I witness on a daily basis, many of these guiding principles being taught and upheld within the homes of fellow members. As members, I think we understand the relevance of these values and teaching them to our kids in order to assist them in building a strong foundation by which they can build their future, be accountable, and become the future leaders of our country and our church. I have a firm testimony of the gospel and of Jesus Christ as my Savior. I cannot deny that fact and I strive to live by the gospel principles daily, some of which were already mentioned. I know I receive blessings for the way that I conduct myself, the way I treat others, and the actions and words that I speak. I can see the difference in my children's lives as they are raised in a home based on sound gospel principles and values that I believe are perhaps more important now than ever before. With so much drama in the world around us, I find it ever more crucial to have Christ in our lives and I try to be a positive role model for my kids. And, as a member of the church, I can do that.

How I live my faith

I strive to lead by example. I think my strongest aptitude for living my faith is by exhibited behavior and personal example. I did not go on a mission as many young men and women do, serving two years voluntarily around the globe, serving others and proselytizing, and teaching others about our religion. Therefore, I maintain the attitude and belief that I can serve in other ways and still be a positive role model for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am reminded of the influence that George Bailey had on the townspeople he served with in the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life". George was given the opportunity to see the contributions he made and the difference one person can make in the lives of others. One may never know what kind of influence we have on others so I strive to be consistent in my actions, words, and deeds, attempting to be an example of decency in an otherwise troubled world. I believe whole heartedly in karma, paying it forward, or fate, however one wants to define it. What goes around comes around. I am a witness to that fact and a receiver of good karma when I live my life in that manner and if I slip up; I may be the recepient of bad karma in reciprocation so I am ever cognizant of that and I work diligently at lessening the drama and living life according to my faith and the value system by which I was raised. I live by a moral compass and feel obligated and driven to keep it aligned with what I believe. As a member of the church, I serve as an ocassional fill in or substitute teacher as needed, assisting in providing lessons and instruction to the youth of the church. How am I to instruct and influence them if I myself am not living by the teachings I am endeavoring to pass along. Being a member of church is not a hobby, it is a lifestyle and takes alot of hard work, faith, and prayer. I do know that it will all be worth the effort and I pray I may continue to live faithfully and be privy to the many blessings that come from it.