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Hi I'm Scott

I grew up in Nevada, lived in Georgia, Idaho and South Dakota. I'm a professor of marriage and family studies and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Most importantly, I'm a husband (25 +years) and a father of 3 boys. I love to snow ski, play racquetball, and garden (which is a trick in a climate that has been known to have a hard frost in every month of the year). I'm a university professor teaching Family Studies. My academic training is in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a mormon because I'm a thinker. I want to know why things are the way they are. I want to know why I'm here on the earth, I want to know how I got here. I want to know what will bring me the most happiness while I'm here on the earth. I want to know what's happening after I die. I want to know what the future of the earth holds, I want to know the best way to live life. I have never found a place that can answer all of those questions so specifically outside of this faith.

How I live my faith

I love being a Mormon. I find so much joy in trying in my daily life to turn my heart to God. There is so much peace in reading God's word at the beginning of the day, asking HIm sincerely to guide me in my decisions at work and with my family. I'm so grateful to be able to trust that I'm not left on my own in this life but that I have a loving God who cares about my day today, my challenging projects at work, my happiness and my decisions. I'm certainly not perfect, none of us is, but trying to do the things Christ does, even when I messed up the day before, brings a lot of peace. I also find a ton of peace in knowing the purpose of life. I don't have to wonder around, lost, trying to figure out my purpose or try to figure out how I can really be happy in life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Scott
No one is required to serve a mission but my wife and I both served missions when we were younger. We served because we loved the Lord and wanted to give back what we could to Him. We wanted to share the peace we had experienced in our life with other people. We served Spanish speaking missions in Chicago. It was a great blessing in our lives (of course, since that's where we first met each other). Our family has been strengthened because we both chose to do this when we were young. It has created a firm foundation (of gospel truth, of sacrifice for important things, of service, of spirituality) upon which we could build our precious family. Show more Show less