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Hi I'm Scott

I love baseball, cooking, Italian, and entertaining my son. I'm a dental student, a husband, a father and a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Northern California as the youngest of four siblings. My family has played a huge role in the person I am today. I have always shared a love of baseball and an obsession with the San Francisco Giants with my Dad that helped us to bond and relate. As a school teacher, my Mom was always an example of service and lifelong learning in art and science. My siblings are always there for support when I need it but usually they fulfill their responsibility as older siblings by keeping me humble through relentless teasing! I've been married for about three years and I'm blessed wife who helps to keep my priorities straight and keeps me laughing with her own infectious laughter. I'm also a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves and once I complete dental school, I'll serve as an active duty member of the Army Dental Corps. I plan to pursue an oral surgery residency through the Army.

Why I am a Mormon

There are lots of reasons I live my faith but the simplest is that it makes me happy. As I reflect on my life, I recognize that every worthwhile experience and every decision that has brought me lasting happiness is directly related to my belief in the Savior, Jesus Christ & His Church. Whether it is the relationship I share with my family, my education, my missionary service, my marriage to my beautiful wife, or the blessing of my infant son, all remain closely tied to my association with the Church & my striving to love Christ, who so unconditionally loves me. I feel closer to His love when I obey the guidance of prophets & apostles both modern & ancient. The nearer I feel to Christ, the nearer I feel to my family & the more charity I feel towards those around me. Not only does the Spirit I feel help me when times are good but also when I have faced challenges. As a fourteen year old, I lost my mother to cancer. While many may see this as evidence for the absence of God, I found that during the period following her death, He had never been closer. As I reflected on what I had been taught about the Plan of Salvation that outlines the existence of our souls before, during, and after life, I felt His unmistakable reassurance that what I've been taught is true through the peace that only the Holy Ghost can bring. I believe that families can be united not only on earth but in heaven. I know that this is a result of the redeeming power of Christ's self-sacrifice enabled through His priesthood power that was brought back to earth through the calling of modern prophets. When I deal with daily frustrations & mistakes, I'm sometimes mature enough to remember that in order to be have an eternal relationship with my wife and son as well as my other family members, I must reorient myself toward the Redeemer. This direction gives me the hope that I'll enjoy family relationships beyond the grave, but just as importantly, it adds value & strength to our relationships now.

How I live my faith

One of the ways I live my faith involves responsibilities that I have as a member of the Church community. Most church responsibilities are carried out by average, everyday members. Currently I'm in the Sunday School presidency, which means that I help to make sure the teachers are aware of when they have to teach what material. I also organize lessons for the teachers on how to communicate the message effectively. I sometimes end up teaching the 40 minute lesson myself, which helps me to learn a lot as I prepare it. My favorite church responsibility is that of home teacher. As members in a small, geographic area, we look out for one another by making monthly visits to families and individuals and sharing a message and discussing any ways we and other members can help. So every month, a pair of priesthood holders enters my home to visit us and I myself go with another priesthood holder to visit a few families. The associations I've created and the small service I can occasionally provide or receive have been so rewarding. I'm always proud and happy to do something that the Savior himself might do, entering and caring for others on an individual basis. For example, when my son was in the hospital, my home teachers came to help me give him a priesthood blessing and organized dinners to be brought to us at the hospital. We were hugely grateful and felt the love of Christ through them. Although church participation is essential, I really believe that you start living your faith as soon as you leave the chapel on Sunday. Going to church and providing service to others on Sunday helps to keep me consistent throughout the rest of the week. I try live according to what I say at church by loving my wife and son at home and being an example whether I'm at school, at the store or on the bus. I'll be the first to admit that this isn't always natural for me but I'm able to come closer when I read the scriptures and pray to my Heavenly Father daily.