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Hi I'm Scott

I'm from Arizona. I'm nerdy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm one of those people that have a difficult time talking to people. I'm also a bit of a nerd. Taken some college classes before, and will begin taking them again shortly. I love to eat, and for the longest time, that was very obvious if you saw me. It's still obvious now, just not as obvious as it used to be. Right now, I'm just taking life one day at a time.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because God answers prayers, Moroni 10:3-5 works. There have been two major points in my life (so far) where I am 100% certain that God spoke to me. First: when I was i middle school, I developed a case of severe and chronic psoriasis. The main problem was that I developed plaques on my joints, especially knuckles, which would itch, flake, crack, and bleed. I could not use those joints as well as I could have, because any sort of movement for more than 2 minutes (like doing a math class assignment or playing a video game) caused pain and bleeding. All of treatment options I had pursued for 3 years didn't work. I eventually was left with the choice of which heavy systemic drug was I to go one, and of course, each option had nasty side-effects associated with it. Well, I prayed, determined to act on whatever answer I received. Eventually, I received a feeling of peace, that I'd be able to handle it well, when I thought about going on one of the drugs. The doctors that I go to tell me that my body is responding quite well for how small of a dosage that I'm currently on. After I graduated high school, I had the chance to spend three weeks with some missionaries in Arizona. I did everything that they did; in short, I was a missionary for three weeks. After about four days, I had a realization. Here were men about my age (at the time I was 18, and the missionaries I was with were 20 or 21) who were pleasant, happy, and intelligent, which was a combination of attributes that I thought was impossible to have. I realized that they were happy because they were living the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I was not. Shortly thereafter, I began to clean up my life and live the gospel of Jesus Christ, or in other words, keep the commandments. Fact is, God knows what is best for us better than we do, and when we do what He says, we are much better off. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a far better lifestyle to live than anything else available.

How I live my faith

The main way I live my faith is by living the golden rule: "Do unto others as you would have done unto you." I try to be the type of person that I would like to see a lot in the world: happy, thinking, dedicated, and generous to any and all that I come across. Of course, I'm not anywhere near perfect, but I do not have to be. I only have to do my best to be better today than I was yesterday. And of course, I will do what I can to be better tomorrow than I am today. This means being watchful and paying attention to those things that I do and those things that I watch and/or read for entertainment. I can't really live my faith if I don't know what my faith teaches, so I study the scriptures (The Holy Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price) frequently. Such study brings to me insight about my life, mainly about what I need to fix in my life and how I can be a better man. Because I have received great blessings, among them happiness and peace of mind, I do what I can to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness with anyone that I can. I understand that not everyone will want to listen to me, and I respect their decision, even though I don't like it. Serving in a calling in the church provides great opportunities to deepen one's understanding of their faith. A calling is an opportunity to serve, and every calling (or job if you will) that I've had so far has helped my strengthen my faith. Right now, my calling is a full-time missionary, but like all callings in the church, my time as that is limited. Whatever comes my way, I will do my best to be like the Savior. I know that I am imperfect, and I also know that I can repent of my sins and mistakes, thus bringing a greater peace and joy in my life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Scott
No. Being a missionary means dedicating time to preaching the gospel, and giving up other pursuits to do so. Missionaries are official representatives of the Church, and all of their work is voluntary. My mission has been the best thing that I've ever done in my life, so far. Neither the Church or my parents forced me to serve a mission. Of course, I was encouraged, but the choice was mine alone. Just like living the gospel, the choice to serve a mission is the choice of each person considering it, no one else. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Scott
People call Mormonism a "cult" when they don't understand what we believe. The word "cult" has shock value, and those who use that word either don't understand what it is we believe, or they intentionally use that word just for the shock value. Our doctrines are Christian, and they are available for any and all who seek to learn about them. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Scott
Physics and chemistry provide very strong evidence for the existence of a God for me. Consider this: can order result from random occurence? Can beauty be the result of chaos? With sciecne in general, we understand in part how this planet functions. The more we experiment and learn, the more we realize just how intricate and orderly things in nature can be. We do not understand everything about all apsects of physics, chemistry, or any other field of science, and we run the risk of not learning anything when we say "I (or we) know it all." Show more Show less