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Hi I'm Scott

I grew up in Utah, but vacationed in Southern California, where I'm now living my dream as a land use lawyer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I grew up in the same Mormon city where generations of our ancestors lived, dating clear back to pioneer times. We'd vacationed frequently in Southern California, so we worked hard to get a job here when I graduated from law school. We've now lived near the very beach I used to visit as a child with my family. Our parents taught us to be open to learning and understanding other people, so we appreciate the chance to raise our kids where they can have friends with different racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. They have good friends from church, but also always manage to bring home friends from diverse backgrounds who still share their values and standards.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in a devout Mormon family, I've learned that matters of faith are ultimately personal and individual. I love the message of the Gospel: that God can speak to mankind through prophetic direction (as he has for thousands of years) but also individually to our souls. Our parents and grandparents were amazing people, who came to adulthood during the struggles of the 1930's and 1940's. They raised their children as they were raised, in the same community and culture they inherited. My wife and I wanted to try those values for ourselves, but in a community of our choosing. We've learned that no matter how far we are from home, by following the teachings of a living prophet and trying to follow God's guidance through the Holy Ghost, we've been able to find happiness and to help our children find great happiness. Our church has given me a great heritage of faith, and it's even more exiting to transplant that heritage far from our childhood homes and to see it bring happiness to our children in this entirely new context. I think our grandparents would be thrilled to know that's happened.

How I live my faith

Our church teaches us to learn about the teachings and life of Jesus Christ and to try to follow him. I've come to realize in my life that members of our church who do this are really able to influence the world around them for good. When I try to manifest Christ's love in my life, I realize that people around me start to return that love. This was never more clear to me and my wife than when we lost a small child to a chronic disease. For that year and beyond, our church community really stood in the stead of the Savior to bless and care for us. Being part of that community gives me hope that I can somehow reciprocate that love.