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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a geologist. I love science, music, family, traveling and the outdoors and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in the city of Mesa in the beautiful, sunny state of Arizona! I am the oldest of eight children and I love being a big brother to seven crazy siblings and a son to two wonderful parents : ) I enjoy music, science, reading, the outdoors, family and of course, the gospel! I have many fond memories from growing up of summers spent on my grandpa's farm milking cows and driving tractors, road trips around the country with my family and exploring the beautiful deserts and forests of Arizona with family and Boy Scouts! I have played piano since the age of 8 and violin since 9 and I always feel closer to heaven when I experience the feelings that come from hearing and being part of an intricate and lovely piece of music. I spent two years living in and around beautiful London, England as a missionary for the church and love the country and people there. I am currently working on a Master's Degree in Geology at Brigham Young University - I love rocks (and have 4 large boxes of them at home to prove it)! I think this earth is incredible and love spending time camping and hiking for school and just for fun. That's me - violin, rocks, England, tractors, family - and I'm a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

When people ask me why I went out on a mission, I tell them it was for a different reason than why I stayed on a mission. Why did I go? Because I knew it was a good thing and I was supposed to. Why did I stay? Because I watched the gospel of Jesus Christ change lives (including mine) and felt the joy that comes from sharing it. The answer to why I am a Mormon is much the same. I joined because I knew it was a good thing and I should. I stay because it has changed my life and brought me joy. My family has been in the church for well over 150 years, so it's all I ever knew growing up. When I was baptised at the age of 8, I knew it was something good, but it wasn't until later that I fully realised why I stayed. In my teenage years and especially as I left home for university and a mission I really began to realise that everything good in my life has come as a result of the gospel. Following the example of the Saviour and the counsel given in the scriptures and by living prophets makes me happy. It allows me to be the kind of person I want to be. And so I stay. Add to that the many spiritual witnesses I have received over the years and I can truly say that I know these things to be true! That knowledge and assurance has come to me bit by bit, through the peaceful and gentle, but powerful assurances of the Spirit. Those feelings usually come during quiet moments of contemplation when I am praying, studying the scriputres, listening to beautiful music, or out among God's creations. My study of the geological sciences and the processes that have formed and continue to shape our world have also built my testimony that there is a God who created this world for us and has a plan for our happiness. Time and time again I have felt these promptings from the Spirit and have come to treasure these precious moments that remind me why I am here.

How I live my faith

By living it! That's the great thing about being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The church isn't just a club you join to make friends and participate in fun social activities and the gospel isn't just something we talk about on Sundays. The gospel has to be a way of life and that is why it changes people. Faith isn't really faith until you are willing to do something about it. I am fond of an oft-repeated quote by St. Francis of Assisi, "Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary, use words." I also like the analogy that says,"If you were taken to court, would there be enough evidence to convict you of being a member of the Church?" I live my faith by trying to make sure that if someone was examining my life, there would be plenty of evidence to show that I am a member of the church and a disciple of Christ! As I seek to live my faith I try to follow the example of Christ in all that I do. That includes being kind, patient, humble and loving. It also means sticking to my standards wherever I may be. It means seeking to learn all I can and developing faith and hope for the future. I'm sure far from perfect in all of these, but I am learning and improving all the time! The gospel changes people as they live it. It's changed me. I have never seen or realised that more clearly than in my current calling as a full-time missionary for the church. I spend all day, every day out trying to serve people and share with them what has made me so happy and how it can help them in every aspect of their own lives. As I get to counsel and work with others as they strengthen their own testimonies, I have realised that there is no joy that we can receive like that which comes from following Christ. That's what keeps me going on those hard days when nobody wants to talk to me or when people fall through on their commitments. The gospel is true and it's a way of life - gotta' love it : )