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Hi I'm Scott

I love life, I love cars, I love my family, and most importantly I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

About Me

I'm a born and raised Utah boy, and I love it! I have been a Mormon my entire life. I am the youngest child and the only boy in my family. I love my family a ton, and I don't know where I would be without them. I'm a business administration and accounting major at Utah State University, and I hope to work in the automotive industry after graduation. Some of my favorite things are cars, racquetball, volleyball, basketball, computers, country music, photography, amateur (ham) radio, the outdoors, and doing fun stuff with my friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that it is true; it's that simple. I know that it is true because it has influenced my life in so many ways that I can't name them all. Growing up in the Church I took its teachings for granted because it was just the way of life in Utah. As I got older, and especially since I have been on a mission and seen the blessings first hand, I realized that I have been so blessed because of the gospel. The Church and the gospel make your life so much more peaceful, joyful, and liberating. I haven't just seen blessings and determined it's true; however, I have prayed and come to know for a fact that this is the true church on the face of the Earth today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in a lot of ways, but most of the time it's by being a good example to those around me. If I can help someone make a better choice in life, that's a pretty great thing! I also strive to read my scriptures and maintain a close relationship with my Father in Heaven because I know that those things bring peace into one's life.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Scott
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches that baptism is to be done by immersion and that it is for the remission of our sins. It is done by immersion (as opposed to sprinkling) because that is how Jesus was baptized during his ministry on this Earth. We believe that it is essential to be baptized and follow the example of Jesus Christ. Baptism is more than just going underneath some water and becoming a member of the Church; baptism is a covenant with God in which we promise that we will do everything we can to return to him. At baptism we take Jesus' name upon us which is one of the greatest things that we can ever do! Following baptism, we receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost which means that the Holy Ghost is a constant companion in our lives, and it will guide us in whatever we need. What greater gift can we have than that?! Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Scott
Missionaries usually receive their funding through a few different ways. Most missionaries pay for their own missions because they see it as a necessary sacrifice that needs to be done. Often, the families of missionaries will contribute to funding missions as well. Although a mission isn't the cheapest thing that you could do when you are 18 years old, it is definitely worth it when you see the lives of people turn around as they become closer to their Savior and as you see your life turn around as you become closer to the Savior. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Scott
Mormons perform baptisms for the dead for multiple reasons. The main reason that baptisms for the dead occur is so that people that have passed on can have the chance to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ that this church contains. By doing these proxy baptisms (a living person being baptized in the name of the deceased person), people in the next life can make the covenants and take the steps necessary to gaining eternal life with their Father in Heaven. Baptisms for the dead aren't done for increasing church membership numbers; however, they are done so that people can enjoy, in their fullness, the blessings that this Gospel brings. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Scott
Mormon church services are great! The main focus of the church service is sacrament meeting where the congregation can partake of the sacrament (similar to communion) and listen to speakers that have been assigned to speak on Gospel related topics. Following sacrament meeting there are a variety of classes that you can attend that are designed to increase your spiritual knowledge, and well as to help you feel the love that your Savior has for you. There is pretty much a class for every person that could be at a church service: Primary for young children, Young Womens for teenage girls, Priesthood for men age 12 and up, Relief Society for women age 18 and up, as well as nursery for 18-36 month olds. Visitors are welcome to attend church meetings; in fact, it is encouraged that you visit our church services! You'll never know the Spirit that is present, nor will you know the enlightenment that can be received, until you visit for yourself. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Scott
All Mormons are not required to serve missions; in fact, nobody is required to serve a mission. Young men that are 19 years old generally serve missions, but it isn't required. These young men, as well as other missionaries that go out for our church, each make the choice to do so. Members from the LDS Church realize how precious and joyous the message of this Gospel is, so they want to go out and share it with everybody that they can. This realization motivates them to action, and that is why so many people from our church devote 18 months to 2 years of their lives for this cause. Show more Show less