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Hi I'm Scott Smith

I love the piano. I love the outdoors. I am serving a mission in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am from the small town of Selah in the great state of Washington. I grew up there so it is what I call home. I got to spend a lot of time outdoors and I love it! If I have the option I will usually choose the outside option most days. I love playing the piano as well and I have been playing for years. I like singing and I can hit some awesome bass notes. I like to do magic which I picked up one day when I was 13 years old. I love swimming which I have done since I was 6 years old. I also love playing lacrosse which I have played for a few years now. I have traveled a lot, so I have seen a lot of the world which was an opportunity given to me on account of being homeschooled. I graduated high school early and attended BYU in Provo Utah for a semester until receiving a mission call. I am currently serving in Philadelphia Pennsylvania and I will return home June of 2015.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I was baptized when I was 8 years old because I was born into the church and I grew up in it. However, as I grew I had to start growing a testimony for myself. I didn't realize the church was true until a little before I served my mission. When I was in my mid teen years I had to switch from relying upon my parents testimony to relying on my own. I had to really ask a question to myself, "Is this true?" Finding the answer to that question came as I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know the truth. As I read the Book of Mormon I asked if all of this was true. I felt in my heart that this was true. I know without a doubt that this Church is true. I know that the Book of Mormon is inspired scripture along with the Bible. I want to be an influence for good in the lives of others as I live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I try and live my faith each day through the little things. I read my scriptures each morning and I pray to keep myself in contact with my Father in Heaven. As I search the scriptures I am able to find peace and happiness in each page that I read. Along with scripture study and prayer I have been given the wonderful opportunity to serve a mission. Service is a wonderful part of this Gospel in which I live. As it says in the Book of Mormon, "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God (Mosiah 2:17)." Service opens a door to people's hearts that gives me as a missionary an opportunity to share how the Gospel has blessed my life. My favorite part about the gospel is being able to see how it has changed my life and the lives of many people with whom I have been able to work with. My goal as a missionary is to help people gain the comfort and peace that God can give.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Scott Smith
I have found that the scriptures bring the spirit into your life. What better thing then to have God's spirit close to you, helping you make decisions, comforting you and protecting you? The scriptures can bring the spirit into your life, but they can also bring you closer to God himself because you learn more about him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Scott Smith
I have always thought that baptism's in the Temple were one of the nicest things you could do for someone without receiving any praise here on earth. If you were trapped outside your house without a key you would be very sad, I would think. Then comes someone who hands you a gift, you open it, and inside is the key. You would be so happy that they did that for you. I look at baptism's for the dead in the same way. You give someone the opportunity to return home. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Scott Smith
Baptism is the first necessary step that we must take in order to receive salvation. It opens the gate to us so that we can receive many blessings and show our faith to our Father in Heaven. By being baptized we are showing that we are willing to follow the example of Christ and take that first step to becoming closer to him. After baptism we have the wonderful opportunity to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. This gift is the spirit of God that can abide with you and give you comfort or help in times of need. This gift is promised to you after you are baptized. The Holy Ghost also has the ability to cleanse you completely from your sins through proper repentance (John 3:5). This is why we say that baptism is a necessary step that we must take. So we can be clean so that we can enter into God's presence again with him. Show more Show less