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Hi I'm Scott

I grew up in Oregon in the United States of America. I am thankful to call myself a Mormon and am preparing to serve a mission.

About Me

I have grown up in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I believe it has shaped me into the person I am today. I have had a pretty ordinary life, but that only means a very blessed life. I grew up in a good home with loving parents and a large family(six siblings). I enjoy having fun and doing a lot of things that interest me: I like cycling and swimming for sports; I enjoy reading very much(having grown up without television reception) and my favorite genres are Sci-fi and Fantasy; I am horrible at 2 dimensional art, so I pursue 3 dimensional art such as carving, and have taken an interest in furniture design and building, although I have little experience in that area; I love music, to sing, dance, and play instruments(primarily the saxophone). I enjoy serving others as well. I worked hard to obtain my Eagle Scout award which taught me to always look for a way to serve and it is awesome. I have at this point graduated high school and plan to serve a full-time two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, and am very excited about it.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints for one simple reason: it is TRUE. I have grown up in the church, so it's easy to assume that I do it because it's how I was raised. But there comes a time between childhood and adulthood when you cannot live what you do not believe and be happy at the same time. It took me a long time to gain a testimony of my own, and before it happened there was a lot of hard work, sincere desire and effort, frustration, loneliness and confusion. But that is what you have to go through. Ether 12:6 says that a testimony comes after the trial of our faith. I am proof of that scripture. I have a testimony and I live the principles of the gospel because they work. Today I have a happy family because we obey God's commandments, I have learned how to be a good person because that's what Christ teaches, I am happy and I feel forgiveness for all the mistakes I made because of His sacrifice and atonement. Through the Gospel and Atonement of Jesus Christ I am always improving, becoming better, changing my little imperfections and doing good. I am not saying it doesn't take a lot of effort and sometimes the results are very distant, but they come. So in the end, I am a Mormon because I know it's right. Nothing in this world can advertise true happiness, and deliver it, but Jesus Christ can. I know that Christ lives and that he enables us to become better each day we live as long as we work hard and rely on him. He loves us and wants what is best for us, and what is best for us is Him.

How I live my faith

I am part of a congregation of young single adults. Within that ward I serve on the Family Home Evening committee. Family Home Evening happens every Monday night; so my job is to plan activities every week. It's a tough job. We try to have activities with a different focus every week. During a month we try to have one that is spiritual, one that requires a bit of exercise(usually some sport activity), one that is service oriented, and one that is just for fun. It may be difficult, but it is very satisfying when the activity is successful and everyone enjoyed it. Recently, the church has put out a website called Justserve.org, and has encouraged us to use it to find opportunities to serve around the community. It is quite a dandy little website. Service has always been hard for me; I enjoy doing it, but it is hard to know what to do and who you can serve. Justserve.org has been great for helping me find projects. It is a very enriching experience to be able to go out and serve others and make just a small difference in someone's day. I have made some good friends that I would otherwise never have met if I had not gone out of my way to serve them. Always, an important part of being a member of this church is consistent acts of faith, such as studying the Bible, the Book of Mormon, messages of modern prophets, and praying. It is a part of life that cannot be sacrificed for anything.