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Hi I'm Scott

I am an English professor at a community college in the Atlanta area. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an English teacher, and, obviously I love to read. I love teaching literature and seeing others get excited about it. I earned a Ph.D. in English, and it was a rewarding and arduous experience. My primary area was Post Colonial Literature and my secondary area was Folklore. My dissertation was on South Asian Literature written in English. I recently got married in the Salt Lake temple. It was a wonderful experience, and I am so grateful for my wife and her strength.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and slowly gained a testimony. I remember reading The Book of Mormon first when I was 11. However, it was when I read it and prayed about it when I was freshman in high school and received a witness that it was true. When I was a Sophomore, I studied the life of Joseph Smith and visited historical sites associated with him in Nauvoo, IL. Through these experiences I gained a testimony of Joseph Smith and of modern day prophets. I know that The Book of Mormon and The Bible are both works of scriptures and teach us God's will. I know that Joseph Smith was the prophet of the restoration and that Thomas. S. Monson is a living prophet who speaks for the Lord in our day. I know that the temple is the house of the Lord, and I find peace and guidance as I visit. I know that because I have been sealed in the temple that if I live worthy I can be with my wife and future children for eternity. That knowledge helps give perspective to my life and current trials. Most importantly, I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. That is why I am a Mormon. I know that the LDS church contains the fullness of the gospel and helps be grow closer to him and helps guides me in my service to him. The more I learn both in and outside of the gospel confirms the importance of having a relationship with Christ and helps me develop it.

How I live my faith

I am a cub scout leader, which is a rewarding and unfamiliar experience. I am use to both in and out of the church teaching adults, so it as been an adjustment. However, I have loved forming bonds with the boys, seeing them learn, gain skills and grow. On the other spectrum, I have the opportunity to visit a member of the ward who is an a assisted living facility and is bed ridden. Feeling of her strength and love each weak strengths me. I love the scriptures and try to read them daily and incorporate their teachings into my life. I love praying and the strength it gives me. I also love going to the temple with my wife and the peace it brings.