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Hi I'm Scott

I've lived in Utah, Peru, Texas, India, & California. I'm married with 2 kids. I'm a race organizer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married with 2 sons who are 2 and 4 months. They're pretty cool kids...at least the 2 year old is. I'm still unclear on how I bond with a 4 month old who doesn't take a bottle yet. But fatherhood is pretty awesome. It's amazing to see them growing and learning so much everyday and seeing all the tiny things they pick up from you as their parent that you wouldn't think they'd notice. My wife and I got married in 2009, pretty late by general Mormon norms as I was 28 and she was 27, but we feel like we had a good amount of time to have experiences on our own, discover who we were, and then get together before we got too old and had tons of baggage. I own a company that puts on 5K fun runs around the country...it beats a desk job, although I guess my portion of it is a desk job since I've given myself the title "President of Spreadsheets." I'm officially the nerdy one of the company. I used to work in management consulting and in private equity but love being an entrepreneur. My wife and I love to travel and get in the outdoors as much as we can. Traveling has been a bit more difficult with kids but we try to get them out as much as we can. Pre-kids I've traveled to or lived in Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Canada, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Spain, Italy, China, Nepal, Tibet, and Mauritius. Post-kids we've made it to Canada, Sweden, and Honduras. Not bad, but we could do better.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born into an active LDS family, I had to determine for myself if this was the right path for me. I attended church consistently through my childhood and youth and at 19, I chose to serve a 2 year full-time mission for the church. I was called to serve in Peru and felt like I had a good solid set of beliefs before I embarked on my mission. My beliefs were solidified during those 2 years as I had many spiritual experiences, studied the gospel more than I ever had, taught people on a daily basis, saw lives change for the better as they began to understand their divine heritage and divine potential, and testified of the principles of the gospel. I still remember the first times I testified in broken Spanish that I knew The Church of Jesus Christ was true and that Christ was my Savior, and that he had provided a path for us to attain eternal life with God. I'd never been much of a crier, but as the words left my mouth, I felt the strongest assurance that what I was saying was true. As I saw those truths bring happiness into the lives of others and into my own life, I became more and more confident in the eternal nature of those truths. 3 months prior to returning home from Peru, I received a phone call from my brother informing me that my father had passed away suddenly. As I took in the news, it became a real decision point for me: did I really believe in the principle of eternal families and a plan of happiness? Though it clearly wasn't the easiest trial to deal with, I felt that there was never a better time for something like this to happen to me as I had a complete assurance that God's plan of happiness allowed for us to return to live with our families again. Since my mission over 10 years ago, my beliefs have matured and been tested. I have had friends and family members fall away from the church, but my beliefs have only become more solidified as I've become a father, served others as best I can, and studied the gospel and church history.

How I live my faith

We recently moved into a new neighborhood so we have been busy getting to know people in our ward (similar to parish) where we live. I was called to serve as the secretary in the young men's organization in our ward so I get to work in Scouting and to serve with and teach the 12 and 13 year olds. It's been a great experience because it allows me to get to know and have a positive influence on young men when they are in some of their most formative years. They are some really impressive young men so it's an honor to get to serve them. What's great about my calling is that it puts me in positions to serve, to care for others, and to practice Christian principles on a daily and/or weekly basis. It gets me out of my comfort zone but in a way that prompts me to serve others. Besides my calling in church, the most important way I try to live my faith is at home with my family. My marriage is very important as is my relationship with my kids. We're by no means perfect nor as consistent as we should be but we try to have family prayer every night and family scripture study every morning. They're not always the most spiritual of occasions as our 2 year old doesn't fully understand how to keep his eyes closed the whole time during prayers and usually during scripture study he's trying to watch something else on the ipad, but we can tell that it's building good habits for him. There are times now when he reminds us to pray before we have a meal which is pretty cool. I also try to live my faith by having a positive and tolerant influence on those around me. Though many of my friends grew up in the Mormon church, some have fallen away for various reasons. Like I said, I'm far from perfect and I don't know everything, but I try to be a non-judgmental and understanding sounding board for them and to be a good example for them in any way I can.