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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a husband and father. I'm studying to be a Marriage and Family Therapist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I think the most important thing about me is that I am a husband and a father. I've been married for over 5 years now and my wife and I have two beautiful boys, ages 3 and 1. They keep me very busy (my wife included), but they are the most important things in my life. When I'm not chasing our boys, I mostly devote my time to getting my Ph.D in Human Development and Family Studies, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. I love doing therapy because it gives me an opportunity to help people in a meaningful way. I have a clinical and research interest in high conflict divorce, which just strengthens my conviction that family is truly the most important part of our lives and must be watched over carefully. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ because it teaches me the truth about life and families and gives us the path to return to our Heavenly Father to live with our families.

Why I am a Mormon

I can trace my testimony of the Book of Mormon, and my conviction to stay in the church, to a special experience that I had in High School. My parents, and grandparents, and great-grandparents were all Mormon, so I was raised with Mormon values and beliefs. I believed in God, did what I was supposed to, and lived all the commandments, but would not say that I had a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My life really changed one day as I sat in a class about the Book of Mormon. The student who was leading the class stopped talking and said, "I want everyone to sit quietly for 30 seconds and to think about the Book of Mormon." I'll admit, for the first 15 seconds I thought "This is silly. Of course the Book of Mormon is great. What is there to think about?" But then I swallowed my pride and asked myself "Wait, what do really you think about the Book of Mormon?" As I asked this earnest question, perhaps the first time I'd ever done so, a feeling came through my body. It is hard to explain, but it filled me with joy and brought tears to my eyes. Suddenly I didn't just think the Book of Mormon was a good book. I knew, from that moment on, that the Book of Mormon is indeed the word of God. My life in the church has in many ways been an extension of that experience. I felt similar joy as I came to have faith in the Savior Jesus Christ, the teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and God's Plan of Happiness. Being a Mormon brings joy to my life. Knowing that I can be together forever with my wife and children is probably the greatest source of Joy that I can comprehend. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day. Most importantly, modern prophets and apostles have taught us the importance of serving our families and I try to make that my plan each day. I feel the best when playing with my children and spending time with my wife. These strengthen my testimony of the plan of salvation as well. I live my faith in my work as well. As a marriage and family therapist, it makes me happy to see people work together better and find joy in their own relationships. Though I don't talk about religion much in our sessions, very often the answer to peoples problems is to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and forgive and love one another. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also gives me many opportunities to serve. I hold a leadership position in the church that gives me a chance to help coordinate efforts to serve families in our church. We help people move, we clean and paint houses, and we go to those who have not been to church lately and invite them back. One of my favorite simple acts of service is to bake people a few loaves a bread. The husband of a new member that had a baby recently came to me the other day and told me how much his wife had enjoyed the bread, telling me that it reminded them of home. Although I get joy out of my service without any thanks, it made my day to know that it had helped her out so much. My faith makes me a better person than I would be otherwise and being a better person brings me joy.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Scott
I 100% believe that there is a prophet like Moses alive today. God called Joseph Smith to be a prophet and to restore the Church of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ revealed himself to Joseph Smith and directed him in leading the Church. Thus, it truly was the Church of Jesus Christ. After Joseph Smith's death, Jesus Christ continued to lead the church through prophets. Today, Thomas S. Monson is a prophet and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is through him that Jesus Christ continues to reveal his will and lead the church. I believe it to be one of the greatest blessings to live in a time when God reveals his will through his prophets. By listening to the inspired message of the prophet, our lives will be better. I have personally seen how following the prophet has made my life better. More importantly, I have received the confirmation of the Holy Ghost that President Monson truly is a prophet and is the means by which Jesus Christ continues to lead His church. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Scott
I love the Bible and know it is the Word of God. I recently finished the New Testament and am now focusing my Bible study on the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. I try to read from both the Book of Mormon and the Bible everyday and find that each enriches my life, according to the amount of effort and dedication I give them. What I love about the Book of Mormon and modern prophets is that they do not take away from or diminish the Bible in the slightest. On the contrary, they strengthen and support it. As I've been studying Isaiah, I have found it fascinating that the non-Mormon commentaries that I reference very often explain away Isaiah's prophesies while the Book of Mormon and Mormon commentaries reinforce the prophetic calling of Isaiah and lend valuable insights to understand his words and his prophecies of Jesus Christ. I feel the spirit of God when I read the Bible, and know that it was written by inspired prophets. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Scott
The question of why authority is important to perform a baptism is a very important question that is dependant on an even more important question: Do we have to be baptized? If we don't have to be baptized, then it doesn't much matter how we are baptized or by whom. However, ancient and modern prophets have made it clear that we must be baptized in order to return to the presence of God. Jesus Christ himself gave us the perfect example of the need to be baptized to "fulfill all righteousness." Baptism is a promise and demonstration that we are obedient to God's will. Baptism is vitally important for our eternal destiny. As such, it is vitally important that we are baptized in the correct way by someone approved by God. In our daily lives when we want something important (like a marriage) to be valid, we need it to be performed by someone with authority (like a judge or minister). God gives worthy men authority to baptize, called the Priesthood. He promises holders of the Priesthood that "whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven." So that is the answer: We must be baptized by authority for it to be valid in the afterlife. I am truly grateful for the Priesthood. Because I was baptized by an authorized Priesthood holder, I know that I can return to my Heavenly Father if I keep the promises I've made to him. As a holder of the Priesthood myself, I know that it is a gift from my Heavenly Father that allows me to bless others and I am thankful for it. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Scott
God's plan for the salvation of mankind is centered around families. We are his children and our goal is to return to Him to live as a family. Through his Prophets, the Lord has revealed that we can be sealed or connected with our parents, grandparents, and all our ancestors. This also means that we can be eternally connected to our children and can live with and love them after death. The Lord has also provided a way for husbands and wives to be together forever if they follow God's law. Marriage and family is not a convenience or a cultural relic. It is actually the source of the greatest blessing God has for his children When I personally find myself not paying enough attention to my family because of my school work, job, or personal interests, I like to reread a scripture from the Book of Mormon: "Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. ... Come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not." Taken from an eternal perspective, the many things that we busy ourselves with, like school, hobbies, and jobs, are of only temporary value. However, our relationships with Jesus Christc (The Holy One of Israel) and our families have the potential to last for eternity and bring us continual joy. These relationships, therefore, are what have true worth and can truly satisfy. If we live worthy of them, our families will be our greatest source of joy in this life and in the next. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Scott
The Book of Mormon unequivocally confirms "that it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved" (2 Nephi 10:24). A Book of Mormon Prophet further declared that without Jesus Christ, "there was no means to reclaim men from this fallen state, which man had brought upon himself because of his own disobedience (Alma 42:12)." I know for myself that Christ did come and gave himself as the ultimate sacrifice to redeem us from our sins. Only by his grace can we return to live with Heavenly Father and with our family members to whom we've been sealed. All this being said, we must keep in mind the words of Jesus Christ: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 7:21). Grace is not a free gift given to anyone that will simply confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord. The Gospel is a plan of action, requiring followers of Jesus Christ to search out ways to learn, grow, and improve. We do this by exercising faith, repenting of our sins, and making and keeping sacred covenants. Our efforts do not buy salvation or earn the right the glory. The Book of Mormon reiterates "that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). Living a righteous life shows our faithfulness to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ who can then absolve us of our sins and welcome us into Their kingdom thanks to the atonement and grace of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less