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Hi I'm Scott Thormaehlen

I grew up in Texas, and joined the Air Force at 18. I'm an author and a graduate student. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy the outdoors; whether it is hiking, swimming, or playing sports.

Why I am a Mormon

First I am a Christian, a Bible believer, and for that reason I am a Mormon. I don't believe that Mormonism introduces anything so unique to Christianity that those familiar with the Bible would disagree with, although disagreement is rampant due to much misinformation. I believe all the scriptures speak as one. More importantly, I enjoy the sense of forgiveness and love that God offers in the scriptures, and the Spirit that I feel and have with me as a constant companion of peace. I enjoy the message of the Church, of eternal families, and aspiring to emulate Christ and to become one with he and the Father, as instructed in scripture.

How I live my faith

I study the scriptures, and aspire to make it a daily occurrence. I attend church weekly and do my best to live and share my testimony with others in various ways and when appropriate. I enjoy the sense of community and values associated with attending church, which may sometimes appear dogmatic and dull. It is all comes down to what you make of it, and honestly, I've been on both sides. I've seen church as dull, but I feel that was during a time in my life when I didn't have the right attitude or hadn't yet developed the bigger picture. Further, I've never regretted attending any church engagement. Regrets usually follow choosing not to get out and do these things. I live my faith more fully when I acknowledge the grace offered to me from the atonement of Jesus Christ as an instrument to better myself and to align my will with His.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Scott Thormaehlen
The temple is a place of reflection, learning, and peace. All members usually take class, similar to Sunday School, and the lessons focus on the temple. The events that take place in the temple are Bible based and are symbolic. It was comforting to experience this for my first time having had a good understanding of the scriptures and living a life I feel acceptable to Christ and his teachings. All of these things are necessary to appreciate and enjoy the temple. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Scott Thormaehlen
The easiest way to answer this is to consider how Mormons view themselves and the world around them. Mormonism, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the answer many Protestants were looking for, a restoration of Christianity. Instead of being just another religion, or a different religion, Mormons believe the original church fell away sometime around the end of the 1st Century and that God calls prophets and apostles today as he did throughout all scripture. Show more Show less