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Hi I'm Scott Sansing

I'm a writer, a teacher, and a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from college with a degree in English Teaching because I think the greatest thing in the world is helping people develop their talents and abilities. One of the blessings in my life has been the opportunity to serve as an English tutor, and to work in a variety of classrooms. Nothing makes me happier than to see the hard work of a student pay off. I've had so many wonderful, humbling experiences working with students from all over the world. I love writing. Books, comics, music, musicals, everything. I like to make people laugh. While it's an odd hobby, I really enjoy mopping. I also love games, whether they be on fields, courts, boards, or screens.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. I have come to know the joy of little regular acts of service throughout various opportunities granted by the Church. While the Church has larger service projects, most of its service is a few scattered minutes or hours every week or month. The members are allowed to serve however much they wish to serve. Various service and leadership opportunities allow the members to grow and diversify their talents. Each member is given a chance to participate in uplifting their brothers and sisters. I grew up in the church, delighted to have the constant companionship of good friends in classes and other church organizations. I've had amazing leaders and teachers show by word and deed how to become an honest, respectable man. Even when I wandered from the Church, I found that members were always waiting with open arms. They were always willing to reach out in a spirit of genuine concern and kinship. All are welcome. All are strengthened. All are loved.

How I live my faith

Opportunities to serve are some of the greatest gifts the church offers to its members. It was once my privilege to act as physical facilities coordinator (janitor) of a local meeting hall. While at first it seemed like a chore, I quickly found that making God's house literally shine came with its own unique blessings, including a newfound sense of appreciation and love for God. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is quite possibly the only organization in the world that can make janitorial work a religious experience. The Church also offers the chance for members to serve each other through monthly visits. Whether visiting or being visited, the visits strengthen bonds with remarkable people that you may ordinarily never meet or come to know. Nobody is left out. It is truly an edifying experience. I've learned so much, and met a number of new friends as a result of a few moments given each month. I've also served as an English as a Second Language tutor in the community. Serving in the Church eventually left me desiring more opportunities to reach out to those in need. The spirit of service is created and strengthened in the Church, and this eventually leads to actively serving everyone. It is the best kind of epidemic, one of service and love.