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Hi I'm Stephen Scalf

I'm an Army Command Sergeant Major (ret.). I'm a newspaper editor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent 25 years in the Army as a linguist, learning German, Vietnamese, and bits and pieces of a couple more. Because of the demands of the pre-internet military lifestyle, it took me 28 years to complete my degree in Computers. After returning from a deployment to Iraq, I retired from my position as Battalion Command Sergeant Major and settled in Kentucky - partially to be closer to my family's roots and to pursue one of my passions, researching family history. After settling back into civilian life, I took a job doing layout and design for the local newspaper. Bothered by modern media's focus on the bad news of crime, drugs, and violence, I decided to start a newspaper that would strive to bring out the best in the community by focusing on the good - the accomplishment of the youth, the generosity of the citizens, and efforts to build and improve the place where we live. In addition to my work with the newspaper, I am involved in many community organizations in an effort to help bless the lives of others as the Savior would have us do. I enjoy reading, writing, and just aboutut anything computer-related; but I also have a deep love for nature and draw peace and strength from the land and from the beauty of God's creations.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of the Church. My mom's side has been members since the early days of the Church. Dad converted when he was 17. When I was about 13, many of my Protestant classmates would tell me I was not a Christian, that I belonged to a cult, and that I only believed the way I did because that is what my parents had taught me. And they were right. I began to study other religions,seeking for the truth; but so many scriptures were interpreted so many different ways, I didn't know what to believe. One day I was reading the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 7 where it says "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." This made sense. I realized that God would not put the truth on the earth and then keep it a secret. He would want us to know about it and would help us recognize it. I realized that God knows the truth - and as it says in the Bible, all we have to do is ask, and he will let us know. I decided to ask God. I got down on my knees and asked, "Are you really there? Is Jesus Christ truly the Son of God? Did you truly appear to Joseph Smith? Is the Book of Mormon truly the word of God?" I want you to know that I received an answer to that prayer, and the answer I received is why I am a Mormon today.

How I live my faith

In the New Testament, James taught: "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." I try my hardest to live my faith by trying to bring hope to the lives of those around me. I use the newspaper to encourage people to get involved in their community and to work to make it better. I am involved in as many civic organizations as my time and resources allow. I speak openly and often of my love for my Savior, Jesus Christ, and then try to make my actions be a reflection of this love. I enjoy church and the fellowship and strength I receive by associating with those who share my beliefs, but I grow most from the opportunities this provides to serve others - at home, at church, and in the community - and to learn to see them - and love them - the way the Savior does.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Stephen Scalf
Mormons have a deep love for the teachings of Jesus Christ, and of the words of the holy prophets, the apostles, and other witnesses who testified that He is the Son of God, the Savior of the world. We believe that the scriptures were written by holy men of God who wrote as they were inspired by the Holy Ghost. We believe that in addition to those who recorded their testimonies in the Bible, other holy men, working under the same inspiration, recorded their testimonies of Jesus Christ in other Holy Scripture, including the Book of Mormon. We believe that these other scriptures are in perfect harmony with the Bible and work together with the Bible to draw all to come unto Christ and to receive the fulness of His blessings. Show more Show less