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Hi I'm Scott

I am a grandfather of 15 grandchildren and counting. I adore my wife. I am a podiatrist and happy to also be a Mormon.

About Me

I've tried to be the best podiatrist (foot doctor) I know how to be. After 36 years, I'm close to being fairly good at it. My profession doesn't define me totally, however. I'm a husband who is very fortunate to have found an angel wife who has been perfectly faithful and tolerant of me for 39 years. Her quest in life has been to civilize and socialize me. She is doing her best with what she has to work with. She is pleased to see that her efforts are not entirely futile. Our five children honor us with the lives they are building and the service to others they routinely find time to do. I have a goal to climb the tallest mountain peak in every county of Utah. Even though a number of other states have considerably higher mountains, Utah can truthfully boast of the highest average county high point elevation of any other state in the U.S. I have completed 16 of the 26 peaks needed to accomplish my goal. The highest, Kings Peak, is 13,528 ft. above sea level at the summit. I have taken a Boy Scout Troop to the National Boy Scout Jamboree three times. I appreciate art and wanted to have a professional do a portrait of my wife from her college photo. I knew I could not afford that, so I took an art class in a community school and did the reproduction myself. It was good enough that she has not taken it off the wall in our home yet. Life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

I did not grow up going to church regularly, but I was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 8, the youngest age a person can be baptized. When I was 11, my older sister would go to "Church" on Sunday evening and one day I asked if I could go with her. She said, "Yes, as long as you don't sit by me!" I obeyed and sat alone on the 2nd row and listened to a speaker who spoke on a subject that I cannot recall, but, during his sermon, my young heart felt something that I could not explain, that I could not recall ever feeling before, but which impelled me to want to come back. It was so very warm and inviting. It felt good. I knew something right was going on. I can still recall looking at my watch in school the following week thinking how many days and hours it would be until I could go to church again. Our church has what we call testimony meeting once a month. I'm sure it is similar to what other churches do wherein members of the congregation stand and say why they love God and how they know certain things are true. I recall one of these meetings when I was 16 years old. I stood up and said, "I don't know if the things everyone is talking about are true, but I'm going to find out". That summer, I read the entire Book of Mormon cover to cover. I constantly prayed, asking if the book was true or not. I didn't feel a thing...until I got to the very last page and read the author's words, "And God shall show unto you that that which I have written is true" (Moroni 10:29). If a freight train had been dropped on my head, I wouldn't have felt anything more certain than the feeling of truth that filled me from head to toe. My sincere, faithful, and purposeful prayers had been answered. I knew it was true! Since then, on countless occasions, and in both spectacular and the plainest of plain venues, I have felt that feeling. Again and again, God has re-affirmed my testimony. It is true. I invite all to find out, too.

How I live my faith

I love attending church where I find myself feeling closer to The Savior than I do even on the highest mountain peaks I've climbed. The music and words of the hymns seem to speak to my heart in a way that few other worship activities can. I spend 5-6 hours a week serving inside the closest Mormon Temple to my home. In those quiet hours of sacred service I have felt God's voice speak to my heart and to my mind the things that I should know and do to honor Him. I found that teaching the Gospel in Sunday School was one of my most powerfully satisfying church assignments. My penchant for the outdoors was filled to oveflowing when, in the past, I was asked to be scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America Troop that our local congregation sponsored. I did that for 5 1/2 years. That's longer than many serve as scoutmaster because they said I had to keep doing it until I got it right! :) A more formal position of leadership I enjoyed involved serving with the local congregation as a counselor to the bishop (who is the Mormon church's version of a priest, pastor, or minister). The bishop, myself, and one other counselor met often to discuss the needs of approximately 500 members of our congregations. I will never forget the night we were personally delivering grocery sacks full of special Thanksgiving meal "fixins" to some of the less fortunate members. One very compassionate and selfless lady gratefully took the offering, but went to her own refridgerator and selected an offering of her own and asked if we would give that to the next person on our list. As a young man, I sold the brand new 1969 Mustang I got on graduation day and had only owned for a year so I could pay for my share of a full-time 2-year mission to Australia. My parents, as always, were anxious to supplement my contribution to the cost of my mission. My wife and I currently serve together in what is called an Emergency Preparation committee. We help neighbors get ready for any contingency.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Scott
As a surgeon, I have a special sense of awe when I see how our bodies are created. I mourn when I see it harmed by injury, harmful habits, or by neglect. The Word of Wisdom is a revelation that lets us know that our bodies work best when what we expose them to is healthful and nutritious. I would hope that people agree with me that this precious gift of a body is worth keeping as healthy as possible as long as possible. Tobacco, Alcohol, Coffee, Tea, and Illegal drugs (or even the misuse of legally prescribed drugs) can all do significant harm. The positive side of the Word of Wisdom gives us broad guidance about our diet. Good balance and modest portions of different healthful foods are advised. Perhaps Word of Wisdom observance is one reason why members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints enjoy signifcantly increased longevity compared to many other populations. Show more Show less