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Hi I'm Scott

I migrated from Oregon to Delaware. I'm a lawyer and a runner, but my favorite pastime is my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I always wanted to write for a living, but I joke that I'm not depressed enough to be a writer. Instead, I became a lawyer, which was actually a pretty good fit. More importantly, I always wanted to be a husband and father, and was lucky enough to find a woman who helped me on both counts. Unfortunately, my wife and children have filled so much of my heart that I'll probably never make it as a tortured writer, but I'm learning to swallow that lesser disappointment. After being overweight for most of my youth, I started jogging when I turned thirty and have grown into a full-fledged runner, with a couple of marathons and a couple of mud races under my belt. Getting up early to run reminds me that, as with most worthwhile things, the hardest part is simply getting your feet on the road.

Why I am a Mormon

Both my parents were teenagers when they joined the church, my father in California and my mother in Brazil. In the church they found not just the connection to God that they had been missing, but also truths and principles that allowed them to build a better home than the ones they'd known firsthand. Through their examples, my parents taught me that the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially His message of repentance and divine forgiveness, can be a powerful force for breaking traditions of selfishness, addiction and abuse. That power I observed in my parents might have been enough to convince me that the teachings I grew up with were true, but I have also tested them in my own life. Through many years of practice, I have found that the more I heed the messages of prophets, both ancient and modern, and the more I listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost in my mind and in my heart, the more satisfying and joyful my life has become. That is not to say that there aren't persistent heartaches and vexing questions, but the gospel of Jesus Christ, and my participation in His church, makes me feel genuinely full and whole in a way that no other experience can replicate. More times than I can count, I have sat in the temple, or read a passage in the Book of Mormon, or listened to the voice of a living prophet and felt an affirmative presence in my soul, almost as if God were saying "Yes, you can be sure that my hand is in this work." That is a feeling that I do not find anywhere else in the world. I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon contain God's message of true, lasting happiness. I know that God has called prophets in our day to act in His name and administer a vast work throughout the world. I know that Christ's true church has been restored to the earth. This knowledge changes me, and blesses those I love.

How I live my faith

When I think of how the gospel of Jesus Christ has changed me, it's clear that my active participation in the church is a crucial and not an incidental part of that progress. The gospel teaches us how to follow Christ's example, but the church organization gives us the means to do it on a daily basis. Our congregations have no paid clergy, so every member of the church, from the newest to the oldest, is called to the work of teaching, serving and ministering. As an introvert, I have a natural tendency to turn inward, away from others, but my membership in the church nudges me into more uncomfortable yet meaningful interactions, asking me to visit the lonely and actively search out those who are suffering. In the past few years, I have worked with stone-faced teenagers, counseled struggling families, and helped organize disaster relief efforts. It has rarely been convenient or comfortable, but over time my capacities to care and to act have grown. Every day, the church challenges me to feel a greater sense of responsibility for the welfare of others, and it is by saying "yes" to that challenge that I become, every day, a more faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.