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Hi I'm Scott K. Garcia

I'm a World Champion Gold Medalist in grappling, 5X judo & sambo champ, teacher&wrestling coach, and happily married!

About Me

My father was my judo teacher and started me out when I was three years old. I earned my black belt while living at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan at age 14. I won three national titles in judo, one national title in sambo wrestling, and one championship in grappling. In 2010 in Krakow, Poland I won the Grappling World Championships at 176lbs. In 2007 I won a bronze medal in Antalya, Turkey at the World Championships in sambo wrestling. And in 2011 I won a bronze medal in the Russian Hand to Hand Fighting World Championships. Since I graduated high school in Spokane,WA I have had many adventures. I attended the U.S. Air Force Academy for 2 years. I joined the church while I was at the Academy at age 19. I served a mission for the church in Kobe, Japan. I later finished my school at Brigham Young University-Hawaii Campus with a degree in Political Science and Japanese. While attending BYU-Hawaii I worked as a Polynesian dancer at the Polynesian Cultural Center. I graduated with my masters degree in secondary education from Ottawa University. I moved to Japan for 2 years to teach at a Jr. High School. I taught special education at Gila River Indian Reservation. I currently teach at a High School in Mesa, Arizona and coach wrestling. I love to travel around the States and the World. I have been to many different countries throughout the world. I love meeting new people and learning about their culture.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Spokane, Washington and went to a Methodist Church with mostly a Japanese American congregation. My friends introduced me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 14 years old. My girlfriend and best friends were members. I admired the way they lived their life and wanted to learn more about the church. I was living on a military base in Japan with my family at the time. Later I was baptized when I attended the Air Force Academy at age 19. The Church has changed my life forever and I feel blessed to have served a mission in Japan. The gospel has much to offer and has filled my life with happiness. I used to feel really lonely and all alone. When I was baptized that feeling changed. I felt peace and happiness fill my body. God has blessed me so much. I thought life would be more restrictive if I was baptized, but it actually has been a great adventure. And God has given me strength along the journey in life. I love it!

How I live my faith

Currently I work with the boys 16 to 18 years old in my church. I teach them lessons, take them on field trips, and play sports with them. I also help prepare them to serve missions around the world and share God's plan of happiness. Recently I was married in the temple to an amazing woman! She is everything I have wanted in a lady a much more! We met a church salsa dancing social event. We love to salsa dance, hike, travel, watch movies, camp, fish, laugh, and teach. She is an orchestra teacher at a jr. high school. We are going to backpack Brazil this summer. I live my faith by reaching out to those around me. I share my personal experiences and testimony to help strengthen others and find their own path in life. I set goals and know God helps me. Without God's help I know I wouldn't have been able to accomplish everything that I have done in this life. God has a plan for us to experience earth life than return to live with him after we die. He wants us to be happy and enjoy our earth life.