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Hi I'm Scott Jackson

I'm from Georgia. I'm studying Accounting. I served a two year mission in Spain. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 23 years old. I served a 2 year mission in Spain and the Canary Islands. That experience has helped me gain a deeper understanding for the love God has for each one of His children. As far as hobbies go, I love to play the piano and sing, although here at college I don't get as much time to do it as I'd like. For two summers I worked as a counselor in a church youth camp called Especially For Youth. It's a rewarding experience to share my testimony of the Savior with teenagers ages 13 to 18. It fills me with joy to see the impact one testimony can have on the life of another. In January, I married the love of my life, Stephanie. We met at BYU, where we both currently study (She - Public Relations, and I - Accounting). We were married in the Provo Temple, where my parents got married. It was truly an unforgettable experience, and I fall in love with her more and more each day. Living in Utah is great, although I miss my home in the south. I like to take advantage of the mountains that surround our valley by skiing in the winter and hiking now that it's warmer. I love other outdoor activities such as biking, mountain climbing and sailing, but because I'm neck-deep with my studies, I don't get as much time to do those things as I'd like. That's me in a nutshell! If you want to know more, just ask! :)

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have felt that it is the truth. I was born into the church, but I needed to find out for myself if it was true. My parents helped me with their example and testimony, but that can only go so far. There was a time when we were visiting the grove where Joseph Smith first saw the Father and the Son. While walking through the trees, I felt a special spirit of peace and light which caused a stir in my soul. I had always supposed that it was the truth, but I didn't know for certain. So I decided to read the story of Joseph Smith as well as Moroni 10:3-5. After having read those verses, I knelt down in prayer and asked my Father in Heaven if what my parents had taught me was true. I felt a strong witness that it was true. And that revelation keeps building to this day, like a sun rising, shedding new light and new answers. Line upon line, precept upon precept. I know that whatever question we might have, if we go to him in humble prayer, he will guide us. He guided me recently. Before leaving on my mission, I was studying Biochemistry. It was fun and educating, but I kind of felt out of place there. I was determined to find what it was that God wanted me to do. So I made it my goal throughout the mission to find out what was the path God had laid out for me. After weighing out the options, reading my patriarchal blessing several times, praying, reading the scriptures, fasting and waiting several weeks, I finally had the answer I was looking for. During the mission I was assigned to be the Financial Secretary (Accountant). I loved the experience. But after rereading my patriarchal blessing, one line stuck out to me, and after realizing its full significance the spirit poured over me and I was overcome with emotion. The line read: Your future career will be something God calls you to do. God had in reality called me to do finances. I don't know what's in store for me, but I know I'll be able to face it with His help.

How I live my faith

Here in Provo, Mormons are everywhere, which is different from my hometown. It's easy to blend in with the crowd. I strive to live my faith by fulfilling my calling to the maximum potential. (A calling is a position one holds in the church, such as a teacher or president). I also live my faith by studying hard for exams and relying on God to help me to remember all I've studied. I know it's only through Him that I can be successful. One way I have shown my faith was by serving a two year mission for my Lord in Spain and in the Canary Islands. I love the people I served. During that time, me and my companion would get up in the morning, exercise, get ready for the day, study the scriptures, and then for the rest of the day go out into the streets and share our testimonies with the people in the city. It was difficult, but very rewarding. There is a joy you feel when you see the light of the gospel enter into someone's life and see the changes it makes. I live my faith by attending church in my local ward regularly. I pray every day, and try to read the scriptures as often as possible. Apart from that I live my faith by being an example to the youth each year at EFY. By bearing my testimony and just being there for them, I strive to invite them to "come unto Christ". I first gained a solid testimony of God's plan for me at EFY, and this is my way of returning the favor. I know that our example is crucial to having people recognize us as ambassadors for Christ.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Scott Jackson
I think the Law of Chastity is one of the most important commandments God has given us. In a world full of sleaze and filth, God has revealed to us that the sacred procreative powers are to be reserved for marriage between husband and wife. When we live the law of chastity and abstain from sexual relationships before marriage, we are blessed with an outpouring of the Holy Ghost. Our bodies our temples, and as such we must respect ourselves and others enough to wait until that wonderful moment when we are married. As a young man of 22 years old, I know that it IS hard! In the world today the media teaches us the selfish philosophy that we need to have instant gratification. "Why wait?" they say. I testify that in waiting we are blessed. We are blessed with self control, a high self esteem, and confidence in your spouse when you are married. I also testify that if you have broken this commandment, there is healing power in the Atonement. God knows better than us. He has a reason behind everything. The law of chastity is His way of providing happiness for married couples and families in this world. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Scott Jackson
When Jesus Christ was on the Earth, He established an organization of prophets, apostles, teachers, and other leaders to lead and guide the members of His church (the body of Christ, as it is referred to in the New Testament). When Judas died, and Jesus had left the Earth, the first order of business for the other 11 apostles was to fill the vacancy. They did so by praying and seeking out revelation. They eventually decided on Matthias. This example shows us that apostles were not only to be used for when Christ was on the Earth, but that God wanted Apostles to lead His children at all times. Unfortunately, apostasy stirred within the early church, and the apostles were killed one by one. The world was left without Priesthood leadership, until the time of the Restoration, when this same authority was given to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery from the very same Peter, James and John (as resurrected beings). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints has 12 apostles, just like in New Testament times. These special witnesses of Christ bear solemn witness that Jesus is the Christ. They help the Prophet and President of the Church to share the Gospel message to the four corners of the Earth. Show more Show less