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Hi I'm Scott

I was born in Tonga, grew up in Utah, lived in Alberta Canada, California, Colorado and currently reside in Georgia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've now been married to my college sweetheart for over 30 years. We met in a handball class at BYU when we were freshman. I decided to serve a mission during that first year of college. Yes, she waited for me and we were married seven months after I got home in the Jordan River Temple by my grandfather. It took a few more years, but I graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Finance. Starting our family was difficult. My wife had two tubal pregnancies within 6 months. This made things more difficult. Because of our strong desires to have a family we went to the Church Family Services to start the adoption process while still in college. Getting a job was difficult in 1986. I was finally offered my first real job on the west coast with a defense contractor. Within 4 months of moving, we received that special call. We needed to be in another city the next day at noon to pick up our baby girl who was just 6 days old. Within two years we had taken another job in a different state and within that first year we received our son, again through LDS Family Services. Our two children were born 3 years apart to the very day. What a blessing to finally have our family! But wait, there's more. Seven years later my wife delivered our miracle baby. We have 3 children, all from different biological mothers and fathers. We know this was part of the master plan for us. Through all the pains of infertility, we recognize the great joy of an eternal family.

Why I am a Mormon

Simply stated, I'm a Mormon because it is true! My conversion came as direct result of a sincere desire to know that the Book of Mormon is true. The spirit testifies of truth and as I continued to read, study and pray, it all started to make sense and everything fell into place. This small testimony was solidified as I taught others on my mission to Canada. There are simple facts that to me cannot be disputed. One, the Book of Mormon exists - it is here. The book had to come from somewhere. Joseph Smith didn't have the education to make up all the life stories and doctrine to create such a work. The testimony is in the fruits of the Book itself. Two, the church itself and the example of its members. The Savior said, "if any man shall do His will, he shall know of the doctrine...." I have found this to be true. By following Church teachings such as the word of wisdom, keeping the sabbath day holy, scripture study and prayer, I have found joy in this life. This doesn't mean I'm without fault or don't have my own struggles. But I do know that as we stray at times, there is always a way back to the straight path made possible by our Savior Jesus Christ. Three, the book of Amos says, "surely the Lord God will nothing except He revealeth His will through His servants the prophets." It's a great comfort knowing that our Heavenly Father has once again established His kingdom here on earth with prophets and apostles, just as in days of old. The church that Christ set up while here upon the earth was lost for a time through the great apostasy. That same church has been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith and continues today. It is true!

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by providing service to others and try to be a living example of what I believe. The last several years our congregation has provided a "day of service" to our local community. We do things like painting, maintenance, planting flowers and landscaping in the local city and parks. We have developed a great relationship with our Mayor and other city council members. When there is a call for help, whether it be in the community or within the church, there is a network of men and women always ready, willing and able to help. Many of my friends are not members of our faith. We Like to play golf. The trouble is, many of the golf tournaments are over Sunday's. They always want to know why I don't play in these tournaments. I simply say that Sunday's for me are for worship and when it comes to the church, "I'm all in." I try to be fully committed to the Lord and His church. I have served in many positions throughout my life. This takes much of my personal time because it is all voluntary. I do it because of my faith in the Savior. I do it because it makes me feel good inside. I do it to provide an example for my family - the same example that has been provided for me. I do it because it brings great joy.