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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a Human Performance Scientist, a Business Consultant, a husband and a father and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for more than 35 years. We have six children. I earned a Doctorate degree in Instructional Psychology and Technology. My specialty is Human Performance Technology. I enjoy helping others to grow, prosper and reach their full potential. I am an entrepreneur and founder of a successful business consulting firm. My wife and I have lived in Japan. We love the Japanese people and the Japanese culture. Our Japanese friends are very dear to us. I enjoy tinkering with music and song writing--wish I had more time for the piano and the guitar. Though my music skills are very amateurish--its fun! I believe in community, responsibility and service. I try to help in schools, scouts and neighborhoods.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in God the Eternal Father. I believe that Jesus Christ is His literal Son in the flesh. I believe in the Holy Ghost and have experience the influence and guidance of the Holy Ghost leading me to truth. I Believe in the Biblical Jesus Christ. I believe in His atonement which makes Him our Savior and Redeemer. As a mortal, subject to sin and error, I recognize the need for the Atonement of Christ and I rely on it in my personal life. I believe that the Holy Ghost can influence and guide us in every aspect of our lives. Importantly, the Holy Ghost testifies of God the Father and the Son. I have experienced the assurance of that testimony in exactly the way the Apostle Paul promises. In Galatians chapter 5 Paul says the fruits of the Spirit are...love, joy, peace...goodness. I believe that good uses these feelings to help us to know truth through the Holy Ghost. When I read scriptures, pray or engage in service, I have these feelings of love, joy, peace and goodness. The evidences that the gospel true are abundant. It is reasonable and when I follow the gospel path I find greater joy, happiness and success--all great reasons to be a Mormon. The Gospel helped me to be a better Father while we were raising our children. It helps me be a better husband. But the real reason I am a Mormon is because Paul promised me assurances through the Spirit that would help me recognize truth. I have experienced those assurances and so I believe.

How I live my faith

Living my faith begins in the home not in the church building. My wife and I enjoy studying scriptures together and individually. We share ideas and things we have learned. We talk about how we can implement them into our family and personal lives. We pray together and individually. We find that prayer draws us closer together, strengthens our mutual love, commitment and patience. We find great personal and family peace in prayer. We believe in and practice the doctrinal principle of fasting which includes sharing our resources with others--however modest our contributions may be. In addition to personal and family religious behaviors. We enjoy participating with our congregation. We attend Sacrament Meeting where we partake of sacred emblems that remind us of our Savior, Jesus Christ and we promise to remember Him. We study the gospel in Sunday School and until recently, I had the opportunity to teach a Sunday School class to young people aged 16-18. I enjoyed their energy for truth and goodness. Both my wife and I regularly visit other members of our congregation in their homes where we strengthen one another as we talk of Christ and what He taught. We accept responsibilities to help and lift and serve others as a part of our congregational community. We try to help and serve others not of our faith. We try to be kind to everyone without regard to creed or culture.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mormons are very active in their local congregation which includes serving one another. Because of this very active service within the Mormon community, it is easy for people to get the mistaken idea that we ONLY serve and help other Mormons. This is simply not true. Examples from my personal experience include active service to my local school district including service as President of our district foundation that brought resources of time, talent and money to improve the quality of education in our community. I have enjoyed my service in the Boy Scouts of America including service as the President of my local Scout Council that served units from all religious persuasions as well as community sponsored units. I lived in Japan at the time of the great earthquake and Tsunami. Thousands of Mormons went to the affected areas to offer labor and relief to people we didn't even know. We cleaned streets, cleared debris, brought blankets, coats and clothing. Mormons spend a lot of time, talent and financial resources to help others in our local communities and around the world. Show more Show less