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Hi I'm Scot Hanson

I love storytelling. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work with words a lot. For my 9-5 job, I'm a technical writer and quality assurance tester on a team that develops web applications. After that, I'm plugging along on an English degree in Rhetoric and Composition from TCU. After that (and, sometimes, 'instead of that'), I work on the young adult novels that I hope will soon be 'instead of' that tech writing job. :) My lovely wife and wonderful kids humor me with playing word games and pointing out puns, rhymes, and alliterations. And now here I am typing up this profile description....

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon for various reasons. Intellectually, the LDS church has the doctrines which have the most explanatory power (to borrow a phrase from school). Socially, I enjoy hanging out with people who are on pretty much the same page of values that I have---even for things as small as the way they talk. (I went through Army basic training and found that vulgarity hardly ever adds to a conversation.) Plus the other members of our church group are so quick to help my family that I almost feel guilty even just talking about problems that come up (like when we lost our car keys and half-a-dozen people were there to give us rides). Emotionally and spiritually, I love the peace and the feeling of connection that I feel when I go to the temple, or to our Sunday sacrament meeting, or during our family night. I think being a Mormon enhances all those things in my life.

How I live my faith

My assignment at church is to get up at 5:00 a.m. and do gospel study with a bunch of teenagers. They're a good bunch though --- they're good sports when we tangent off about the etymology of "intelligence" or the cognates of "chaste" or ask questions that I don't know the answers to. And the gospel study part is always interesting. We're going through the New Testament this year, which I'd forgotten had so much cool stuff in it.