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Hi I'm Scott.

Pop philosopher, proto economist, bad story writer. And Mormon

About Me

First, I'm the creative type - emphasis on the “create” part of creative (not the rainbows and unicorns aspect). I enjoy writing stories (hobby), building websites (career), and thinking about culture and public policy (sick fascination). At the moment, I'm delving deep into the arts of web development (my job) and trying to finish up a master project in Instructional Technology creating an online writing course. Would like to conquer the world someday.

Why I am a Mormon

I remember the first time in seventh grade when it first dawned on me: the LDS church might not be true. Questioning your born cultural assumptions is something I think all of us have to work out for ourselves at one time or another. Atheists, Christians, Buddhists, 21st century middle class white people, 15th century medieval peasants, whoever. None of us can do otherwise than grow up surrounded by a web of beliefs and assumptions that eventually (if all goes well) we're forced to examine critically. Just because something feels comfortable doesn't mean it's right. A person can have a million and one reasons for believing a thing (tradition, socialization, wishful thinking, a particular argument or line of thinking, whatever) that may or may not be based on truth and although this is inescapable to some extent, if given the choice, I would prefer to believe a thing because it's true. So why am I Mormon? That bewildered seventh grader has kept searching for the past 15 years, read many books both for and against the Mormon faith, examined in-depth the history and teachings of the church now and in its early days in the 1800s, studied the teachings of other faiths and philosophies such as humanism, read the Book of Mormon, prayed to any God out there for wisdom, and experimented for myself in both living and not living the gospel. I think I've done about as much as anyone CAN do investigating the truthfullness of the church's claims. And this is what I've found: It's true.

How I live my faith

I organize gatherings of young adults in the church where they can get together and discuss the Gospel together and fellowship and strengthen each other. Although we all come from different backgrounds, we try and make a spiritual setting where we can get beyond our differences and be a blessing to each others lives.