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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a type one Diabetic, I love to play sports, have fun, and I'm a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

Right now i am serving a mission to Louisiana Baton Rouge, Spanish speaking. I LOVE to sing and make music, whether it's by myself on the piano, or with the BYU Men's Chorus, one of the biggest mens choral organizations in the world (and I'd say one of the best too). I love sports! Whether it is basketball, football, hockey, or one of my favorites, ultimate frisbee! I love getting up and being active! I love to be out and about on my mountain bike. I love to read as well as hang out with my family and friends. When i was three, I was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. Since then i have worked hard at maintaining my blood sugar by balancing carbohydrates and insulin. Life isn't always easy for me, but I know that my savior loves me, and knows what I am going through.

Why I am a Mormon

As a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, when people figure out that my parents are LDS, I often hear that that is why I am Mormon. However, that is not the case. Yes, I am a member of this church because of my parents, but I know for myself that this is truly the church of Jesus Christ. I remember when I was about twelve years old, I decided to read the Book of Mormon for myself. I read and became engrossed in it's pages. I remember one day I wasn't feeling to great. I knelt in prayer, asking my Heavenly Father if all of this was true. In an instant, I DID know! I was overcome by an overwhelming feeling of peace, a feeling of comfort. I knew that the Book of Mormon was true, and that everything was going to turn out OK. I know this church is true! I know Christ lives, and that through Him, and his atonement, we can return to live with Him and with our families forever!

How I live my faith

I am currently called as a missionary in the Louisiana, Baton Rouge mission, teaching in Spanish. That means that I have the privilege of sharing what I know to be true with everyone else I see! I try to live the principles of the gospel on a day to day basis. I know that what I have is true, and so I want to share it in every way I can!

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

Scott
We believe that the Bible is the word of God. We believe that it contains the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Along with the Bible, we have the Book of Mormon, which is "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." The Bible and the Book of Mormon, when used together, have the power to confound false doctrine, stop contention, and create peace in our lives, and the lives around us (2 Nephi 3:12). I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are both the word of God. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Scott
The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. It is through the Priesthood that Christ and his apostles where able to do miracles. Today, this authority has been restored to the earth, through a prophet, Joseph Smith. The priesthood is a call to serve others. With the priesthood, we are able to do the ordinances, or sacred promises with God, that allow us to return to live with Him again. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Scott
Nope, not at all. We worship God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. Just as there where prophets of old, like Adam, Noah, Moses, etc, Joseph Smith is a prophet called of God, just like the prophets of old. He is the prophet that restored (different from started), the Church of Jesus Christ once again on the earth. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Scott
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. Like the Bible, it contains the gospel of Jesus Christ. While the Bible was written in the Middle East, the Book of Mormon was written in the Americas. It tells about God's dealings with the people there and the prophets called to preach to the people and bring them unto Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Scott
Not at all. Our church is commited to helping others. The Book of Mormon teaches that if we help others we are only in the service of our God. It does not specify who it is we help. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Scott
We must have faith in Jesus Christ, and in his atonement. WIthout this, everything else means nothing. Because of Christ, we can repent of our sins, and be clean. We can return to live with our Heavenly Father once again. I know that Jesus is my Savior, and have faith that through Him, i can return to my Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Scott
We believe that it is a commandment to pay tithing, specifically 10 percent of our income. In Malachi 3:8-10, it talks about this. I know that as I have paid my tithing, I have been blessed in many ways; that I have had enough money for everything else, that I am happy, and much more. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Scott
Through the Holy Ghost, we can receive many things. It can be a constant guide in our lives. If we have a question about anything, we can stop, pray, and receive revelation through the Holy Ghost. I know in my life, the Holy Ghost has been a great help to be, and I don't know what I would do without it. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Scott
We believe that we are the same literal organization that existed at the time of Christ. In 1820, a 14 year old boy, Joseph Smith, was confused about which church he should join. He read in James 1:5, that says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." He decided to do just that. That, day, his prayers where answered. God the Father and his Son. Jesus Christ, appeared to him, just like as to the prophets of old. Joseph then asked his question, and learned that the church that Christ organized was no longer on the earth. Joseph Smith was called of God to restore that same church to the earth. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Scott
Mormon missionaries proselyte because they have and are developing a love for the gospel of Jesus Christ. As we ourselves learn more, we want to share it with others. I have often been asked why we would leave our families for two years to do what we do. This wasn't a question I always had an answer too. Now I know that when you believe that through the great plan of happiness that God has for us, we can live with our families forever, two years is not long at all! We get to go out and help others be able to have the same thing we do: Eternal Families. Show more Show less