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Hi I'm Scott

I live in Florida. I am a rocket scientist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in on a small ranch in southern Utah. We had lots to do on our small ranch and learned important lessons in life on the importance of hard work and family unity. These early lessons helped me later in life as I began my own family and career. I was a little different as a youth growing up. Although I took part in all of the things that living on a ranch offers to a person (horses, cattle, rodeos, farming, etc.) I also had a great fascination with how things work. This fascination eventually lead me to the study of physical sciences, and especially Chemistry. This deep interest resulted in eventually obtaining a doctorial degree in Organic Chemistry. I have been practicing as a research chemist using this degree for over 30 years. Over the past eight years I have been working at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida working on projects that may prove important in our ability to sucessfully carry out long duration space flight. Working at NASA has fufilled a life long desire as I also have had a strong fascination with the universe and our attempts to reach out into this vast unknown. From my youth on, I have built and flown model rockets and continue to practice this hobby today. I make my own rockets and the motors that fly them from scratch. So I am a "Rocket Scientist", both in where I work and where I play.

Why I am a Mormon

So you might ask, "How can you believe in God, you being a scientist and all?" Well it is really not hard. In fact it is a "no brainer". The study of things scientific has revealed to me that the universe is much too complex and complicated for things to have happened "by accident". There was with no doubt a guiding hand present in putting together our universe. You might also ask, "Well, OK, so there is a God but why are you a Mormon? Why choose that particular oddball religion? To me the answer to this question has also always been a "no brainer". There are two important things about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) that I am so gratful for. First, this church has a tremendous amount of "Order" associated with it. Through continuing revelation from a Prophet of the Lord we know much more about this universe, why it exists, and the purpose of life than any other source of knowledge. Second, through the wonderful gifts that the Saviour gave to us, along with the gift of the Holy Ghost and the power of God that has been shared with members of this church, we now not only have the ability to know about the Gosepl but also have the ability to test and know of its truthfulness as well. I have put this divine knowledge to the test and have found it to be true.

How I live my faith

I presently live my faith much the same as many other Mormons do. I devote a great deal of time with my family in the many activities we all share. Nothing is much more important than my family (wife, children (6), and grandchildren. I attend church on Sundays. I participate in our local ward (congregation) in a number of ways. I sing in the choir. I visit families in need. I help teach members of our ward how to do family history. When the opportunity arrises, I work with community organizations to help those in need. I have participated in a number of church sponsored clean-up efforts after disastorous hurricanes. I gain great joy in helping my fellow man.