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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a high school science teacher. I am a father of 5, a grandfather of 5, and I love canyoneering! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been an educator for 28 years, teaching everything from Earth Science to Chemistry to Biotechnology but mostly in Biology. Currently I serve as the Science department chair. I'm also the coordinator for gifted services, and the International Baccalaureate Coordinator. I teach at a school that is 80% minority and 75% low income, and I love it! My wife and I are the parents of five wonderful children, four boys and Natalie - stuck in the middle of the four boys. The four oldest are married and starting their own families, careers, and posterity. We have a teacher of spanish, a photographer, a nurse, a post bac waiting to get into architecture school, and an aspiring pharmacist. Education has been very important in our family. I have three grandsons and two granddaughters, that range from 3 years to 1 month, and our favorite time is when we get to spend it all together. We gather on the first Sunday of each month for a meal, games, and fun. Actually, we spend a lot of time changing diapers, helping kids, and talking about our lives. We try to make time to do vacations together, whether they be in Mexico, camping in the mountains, or at extended family gatherings. Some years ago a close friend took me rock climbing, and I saw in it a chance to be in the outdoors with my kids. Inviting the kids along allowed me to build relationships with them, and we have had lots of fun. Canyoneering has become a favorite pastime that has included all family members.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints allowed me to encounter the Holy Spirit a number of times. I developed a tender heart that made it easy to believe that God was real and that he cared about me. Still, I was subject to many of the normal tendencies of teenagers, and didn't always live like I believed. A teacher challenged me at the start of my senior year to read the Book of Mormon to know whether it was true. I hadn't done that yet, and though I thought of myself as a believer, I took her up on the challenge. It was the 32nd chapter of Alma in the Book of Mormon that I got my answer. The chapter talks about faith, and coming to know the truth of anything. I was feeling the swelling of the spirit in my breast as described in the verses, so I knew that I needed to kneel down right then and ask for a certainty of the truthfulness of the book. I received an answer, just as Moroni describes (Moroni 10:3-5), and knew what that meant. I needed to really make changes in my life so that I could serve a full time mission for the Lord. Many years have passed since, and many events that have been life-changing: serving in Brazil, attending BYU, marrying the best gal in the world, and having our five children. Through it all, and especially through all of the more mundane aspects of my life, the constant has been the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have encountered the Holy Spirit so many times, both through prayer and while serving others, such that I would not be able to deny its influence and reality. My skeptical nature makes me ask questions of most things, and I have questioned the nature of my testimony - its source and message. There are many things that I could doubt, but the divine testimony of truths with its embedded certainty of source cannot be in doubt. I know it, and I know that God knows that I know it. That is the source of my faith.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve as the Bishop in my ward. The Bishop acts as the head administrative agent for the local unit, responsible for coordinating functions and activities of members in that geographic area. I get to help those that are facing challenges in their lives, whether they are members of our faith or not. The best thing is being able to work with so many other great and faithful people as they work within their responsibilities. Like most adult males in the church I get to visit a few families at least monthly to make sure their temporal and spiritual needs are being met. I have been blessed as I have lent a helping hand, and have learned much about myself and about the Lord in trying to do His will in His way. Although it can be challenging at times, it is also rewarding to be led by the spirit as I listen to and help my neighbors.