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Hi I'm Scott

I am a father and a grandfather. My home is in the U.S.A., but I have also lived in South America and Asia. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I was born in Maryland, I grew up in Overand Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. I loved sports as a kid and played football and wrestled at Shawnee Mission West High School. At the age of 19 I decided to go on a mission for my church and was called to serve in Bolivia. My experiences there would form the basis of my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I worked with very humble and faithful people and witnessed many miracles. Upon my return I attended Brigham Young University and graduated in 1976 with a degree in International Relations and Political Science. In the summer before my senior year, I married my sweetheart, Tobi. We have now been married for over 40 years. We have been blessed with five children. Now they are all married and so far have given us twelve grandchildren. I was an FBI agent for over 30 years, and my job took me to Yuma, AZ; Monterey, CA; San Francisco, CA; and then brought us to Utah. I retired in 2007. From 2009 to 2012, Tobi took an assignment to work at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We had such a great experience there and worked closely with the missionaries serving in the Singapore Mission. We have just been called to serve a mission here at home and will enter the Missionary Training Center on March 7, 2016. We will serve for 23 months. I feel that I have been greatly blessed in my life and I want to give back to the Lord for all the things He has done for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was very active in the Mormon faith. In fact, I am a fifth generation Mormon. My great, great grandfather was the first to be baptized in my family and each succeeding generation has been faithful in the gospel of Jesus Christ. My father was also an FBI agent and when I was born, he was assigned to work in the Baltimore Division of the Bureau. Shortly after I was born he received a transfer to the Kansas City Division. He didn't really want to live in Kansas City. Having grown up in Utah, he wanted to be in the mountains, or at least out west. When he and my mom called her father to tell him the news, my grandpa could tell that he was a little disappointed in the assignment. What he told my dad turned out to be almost prophetic. He said, "The Bureau isn't sending you to Kansas City, the Lord is." We moved to Topeka, Kansas where I lived until I was six years old. In our first year there, dad was asked to serve as the Branch President of the small Topeka Branch. After a couple of years, it was decided to form the Kansas City Stake and dad was called to be the first Bishop of the Topeka Ward. Not long afterward, the family, now consisting of four children, moved to Overland Park, Kansas. Over the next 20 or so years, dad served in the Stake Presidency of the Kansas City Stake, ultimately as the Stake President for about 10 years. So my upbringing was very much centered on the Mormon faith. I found that I had to gain my own testimony of the gospel however, and the questions that I have asked the Lord and the answers to my prayers, and the experiences I have had in my life, have confirmed very profoundly that this gospel is true. I know that if someone asks in faith, the truthfulness of this work will be confirmed in their hearts.

How I live my faith

As I noted above, I served as a missionary at the age of 19 for two years in Bolivia. Since my mission I have had a number of assignments including service as a bishop for my ward in Sandy, Utah for five and a half years. I have always enjoyed teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and have served as a teacher of children, teenagers, and adults at various times. For the next two years, my wife and I will be serving as missionaries while living at home. It is a great opportunity for service without having to travel to a distant land to do it.