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Hi I'm Scot Allgood

I'm a first generation college graduate, professor, and a Marriage and Family Therapist. Most importantly I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was a below average high school student, but wanted to go to college. At 19 I left for a mission for the church and in the process became a convert myself. During a week that involved a significant knee surgery, having the blood vessels in my nose cauterized, and receiving news that my grandfather had died; I made a decision that I would not waste any time. I memorized poetry, many entire chapters from the scriptures, and read several books on teaching. From this I developed study skills and became an adequate teacher. As a first generation full time college student I worked 50+ hours a week and married an equally motivated young woman. We've been married 33 years and have two children. Following graduate school I became an Assistant Professor in Marriage and Family Therapy. As a Full Professor I have taught over 15,000 students. I love to spend time in the out doors. This involves a yearly week long backpacking trip and riding several hundred miles every year on my ATV's. The best rides are with my wife and a group of friends. I get up at 5 every morning to walk a few miles with my dogs. I love life. Highlights include family time, daily walks, outdoor time, teaching bright young college students, and being able to learn something new every day.

Why I am a Mormon

From a variety of personal experiences I know that God lives and knows who I am as a person and as his spiritual offspring. Having a knowledge that my Father knows who I am leads to a relationship with my Savior who atoned for my sins. Through the grace of Christ I have been able to become a much better person than would be possible otherwise. Through my work as a therapist I am able to see others tap into the power of the Atonement and make changes that help them deal with difficult life situations. I have remained true to my faith in, and commitment to Jesus Christ by being active in his church which many call Mormon. I know that while everyone has life challenges, they can be made easier by understanding our relationship to Deity. I have spent significant time reading church history and reading biographies of the early church leaders. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet. The Apostolic keys that Jesus gave the original 12 apostles have been restored in our day and we are led by a living prophet. These things I know to be true from study, fasting, prayer; and then receiving intellectual and spiritual confirmation from God.

How I live my faith

Much of my church career has been spent working with young men in the scouting program. I've been on 23 summer scout trips- many of them backpacking in the Wind Rivers. The highlight of these trips are the fireside talks on the daily events as the young men talk about the sights and events that have taught them that Jesus is the Christ and that God knows them as an individual. As a family therapist I am a regular witness of the power of forgiveness. It is a humbling experience to work with couples or families who are on the brink of ending their relationships, and as they begin to develop hope and recognize that everyone needs to change; literal miracles occur and families are saved. I do 20-30 public presentations every year on topics related to marriage and family relationships. Many of these presentations are to religious groups and I'm able to talk about the power of the Savior's Atonement in relationships. In my "spare" time I served in my town's planning and zoning commission for seven years, and am currently on the city council. Some of the most important time I spend on a daily basis is in reading God's word. I love the scriptures and can feel the Lord's love for me as I am taught from his words.