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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a Mormon. I wasn't always one. That happened in 1972 when I was 20 years old.

About Me

Retired U.S. Army, married, four grown children, nine grandchildren, College grad, write and perform contemporary chrsitian music for a hobby. Spent 15 years overseas in Germany, Belgium and Egypt.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were divorced when I was eight years old. After that, I always wanted a stable family life. A high school friend introduced me to the missionaries and their message of God being the literal Father of our spirits and that families could be together forever sounded like something I once knew but had somehow forgotten. Other churches that I had attended had no such message and believed that marriage ended after death and that we did not exist before we were born. I fasted, prayed, read the Book of Mormon and the spirit testified that it was true. Once I became a Mormon so much more became clearer to me. Through faith and obedience, God blessed me with everything that wanted in life. A lovely and worthy wife, four great children and 37 years of marriage. We have had our share of problems. The worse was losing our 18 year old daughter in a car accident - but through all the trials of life we clung to the Lord and our faith, knowing that through Christ Jesus and His atoning sacrifice, that our daughter would be restored to us.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a Sunday School teacher. In the the past I have worked in the Youth programs and served as a member of the Bishopric. My wife has served in the Young Women's program and Women's auxillary. She also has continuously volunteered in our children's school as a Dramatics Instructor and as an advocate for the learning disabled. However, my favorite opportunity to serve was as a children's music director. We are looking forward to serving a mission when we get a few years older to complete the circle when we were taught the fulness of the gospel by two young men - barely younger than ourselves. God bless those young missionarys and the message they taught. It has been the source of happiness and steady strength in my life ever since. I thank God that he led them to us.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Scott
I have been a member for 37 years and we haven't needed a paid ministry yet. The members do it all - from cleaning the church building to speaking in church , teaching Sunday school, running the youth programs and everything else. We also pay a full tithe which can then be used for more important purposes such as feeding the poor, building meeting houses, and disaster relief. I have nothing against other faiths paying their professional clergy - I have known more than a few that more than earn their pay - however, for the Mormons, we prefer to rely on each other's gifts and talents, with help from the Lord. Show more Show less