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Hi I'm Scott Pitts

I work directly with the homeless population in Arizona. I am the founder of a non-profit organization. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I currently live in Mesa, AZ. I have lived here all of my life except for the two years I lived in Canada as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am the second youngest of a large family, consisting of 4 brothers and 4 sisters beside myself. Life was difficult for me and my family growing up after my father passed away. As a result, I drifted from my beliefs when I was young, only to return years later after reading the Book of Mormon and listening to the local missionaries teach me about the message of "Restoration" of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was looking for guidance at the time, and to this day I feel that there message to me was an answered prayer. As far as my personality is concerned, I am very dedicated and goal-driven to certain causes. I am somewhat of a political activist, as well as the Founder & President of a local community organization that is soon to become a federal non-profit agency. I have carefully developed this organization from a goal that I set for myself after watching some religious talk during a worldwide church meeting called General Conference (October 2014). Since I began this endeavor I have come to know that every individual's life is of great worth, unique and precious to God. I enjoy watching documentaries, studying, creative writing, good conversation, listening to music and community service. Oh, and I love my life and thank God for all the blessing that he has given me!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for the same reason as anybody else, I suppose; and that's because I investigated the Church by agreeing to meet with the missionaries. In time they introduced me to the Book of Mormon an invited me to read it and ask God in prayer if it is true. I already believed in Jesus Christ and the Bible, but I felt a stirring in my soul when the invitation was offered. I really did want to know if this new volume of scripture was legitimate. I also wanted to know, once and for all, if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God - and I knew that the Book of Mormon was the key to it all. I read the Book of Mormon within two weeks. I savored every word of it. Many times I would weep because of what I had read. The book seemed to be perfectly relatable to my circumstances at the time. I felt guidance from God coming into my life when I began reading it. My testimony of Jesus Christ had only become stronger as a result of my study as well. I had been searching for God and the truth my whole life. After concluding that I had read the book sufficiently to confidently ask God for a witness that it was true, I knelt down and quietly offered a prayer to my Heavenly Father. What happened next was no more or less then exactly what the missionaries had promised me. The Spirit of God bore witness to my soul that the Book of Mormon, with all of its implications, is true. I have never forgotten this experience. I have not mentioned until now that this experience with the missionaries came at the low point of my life. I will not go into the details, but I will say that I was searching for greater peace and feel closer to God. I wanted to start my life over again to escape the mess that I had gotten myself into. The message that came to me that day when I prayed, which enveloped me and caused me to burn with happiness and pure joy from head to foot, enabled me to repent and conform my life to the teachings of Jesus Christ, as they are found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

To me, providing service for others is the gospel of Jesus Christ put into action. After returning from missionary service in Alberta, Canada in September 2014, I decided to rededicate myself to the things that matter most. After prayerful consideration on New Years Day, 2015, I made a promise to God: that I would dedicate the balance of my life to family, freedom and that I would better live the gospel of Jesus Christ so as to help others around me. I can tell you that there is no doubt that the God heard that prayer. Since then He has inspired me to create a non-profit organization which, within a short period of time, has had a profoundly meaningful impact, not only on me but the needy citizens in the community where I live. I now have a large board of directors, more clients than I am able to manage and all the other organizational functions of a small business. I love this work; as demanding as it is. My current profession has me working for the county where I live on a large, human services campus in central Phoenix, AZ. I applied for this job because I knew that it would provide me with practical experience to help with my business aspirations. Here the homeless can come in right off the street and get connected to perhaps 10-15 human service agencies. The nature of my profession allows me to work so closely with these men and women that I know many of them by name and have helped many of them to end their homelessness. Part of my work at the campus involves me working with volunteers, all of which are residents on the campus. Day after day I listen to and learn from these inspiring individuals. I know their personal history. We have a very good relationship, and I have been touched by their willingness to serve when they have nothing in terms of material possession.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Scott Pitts
The Savior taught His disciples, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19). As followers of Jesus Christ, members of His Church are enthusiastic about proclaiming the good news of His restored gospel to all who are willing to listen. Carlos E. Asay, a Church leader, said, “(There is) a marvelous phenomenon which occurs among men when the light of the gospel illuminates their lives. Almost instinctively, it seems, the light of truth sparks a desire to share. When our minds are expanded by new knowledge, we want others to know; when our spirits are elevated by heavenly influence, we want others to feel; and when our lives are filled with goodness, we want others, particularly those whom we love, to enjoy similar experiences.” You may have seen missionaries riding on bicycles or walking door to door, sharing their message. They are doing everything they can to seek out people who may be interested in learning more about Jesus Christ and God’s plan for their happiness. They serve in pairs, for “in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established” (Matthew 18:16). Missionaries volunteer full-time service for a period of eighteen months to two years. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Scott Pitts
The priesthood is the authority to act in God’s name. The same priesthood authority that existed in the original Church established by Jesus Christ exists in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today. The Church is directed and led through this authority. All male members of the Church who are prepared receive the priesthood in order to help lead the Church and serve Heavenly Father’s children. A man with the priesthood might serve in some of the following ways: ■Leading congregations of the Church ■Performing the ordinances of the Church, such as baptism ■Blessing those who are sick God expects those who hold this sacred priesthood authority to follow the example of Jesus Christ and serve with love, gentleness, and kindness. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Scott Pitts
Our families provide a setting for much of the growth we experience in life. In our families we love, serve, teach, and learn from each other. We share our joys and our sorrows. Family ties may bring us difficult challenges, but they also give us strength and some of our greatest happiness. The family is central to God’s plan for His children. It is also the central unit of society and the means for bringing children into the world where they can be loved, provided for, and taught truth and righteousness (see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”). While we cannot choose the conditions of our birth, we can choose each day to make our families stronger and happier. It is possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Scott Pitts
Jesus Christ taught that we must be baptized by immersion (Mark 16:16; 3 Nephi 11:21-26). He set the example Himself by being baptized to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15). We are baptized by someone who has God’s priesthood authority for the remission of sins. (Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16). We are also baptized to become members of the Church of Jesus Christ, and to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5). Through the ordinance of baptism, we make a promise, called a covenant, with God. We promise to accept Christ, to become His followers, and to keep His commandments to the end of our lives. In return, our Heavenly Father promises to forgive our sins and let us return to live with Him, provided we keep our covenants. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Scott Pitts
Joseph Smith Jr. was born in 1805 in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, to Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith. He had 10 brothers and sisters. His parents taught him to pray, read the Bible, and to have faith in God. At age 14, as an answer to fervent prayer, Joseph saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, in his First Vision. At age 17, Joseph began to receive heavenly messengers who prepared him for his role in the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. He was a prophet, just like Moses, Isaiah and others in biblical times. He was strengthened by God to fulfill His mission much as was Jeremiah who said, “Ah Lord God! Behold I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak” (Jeremiah 1:6-7). Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Scott Pitts
The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ really lived, that He was and is God’s Son. It contains the writings of ancient prophets. One of these, Lehi, lived in Jerusalem around 600 B.C. God commanded Lehi to lead a small group of people to the American continent. There they became a great civilization. God continued to call prophets among these people. The Book of Mormon is a collection of the writings of their prophets and record keepers. It is named after Mormon, one of the last of these ancient prophets. These prophets knew about Heavenly Father’s plan for His children and the mission of Jesus Christ. They recorded that Christ appeared, after His Resurrection, to the people in America, taught them His gospel, and formed His Church among them. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, testifying of His Atonement and His love. It supports and verifies the Bible. The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:4). Show more Show less