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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a Mormon. I am an Elder in the church. I volunteer with our Boy Scout troop, and I sing in the choir.

About Me

I love to play the piano and to sing. I also compose music. The songs that I write center around faith in God, and the importance of family in God's plan. I also teach music lessons. I believe in music. Music helps me connect with God. What I am unable to say in a spoken prayer, I find I can express through music. And writing music allows God to teach me things that I probably wouldn't have thought about otherwise.

Why I am a Mormon

I have belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my entire life. I have always known that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church. My father's family converted from Presbyterianism when he was a boy. My mother was born to LDS parents. Her father was a convert, but her mother descends from Mormon pioneers some of whom settled in Utah in the mid 1800's. Some of my earliest experiences with the church are attending Sunday school as a young child, seeing my older brothers be baptized when they each turned eight years old, and watching broadcasts of General Conferences of the Church. Before I could read, I remember learning scripture stories from pictures books and videos. I remember sounding out some of my first words from the first verse of the Book of Mormon. This verse reads: "I Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days." (1 Nephi 1:1) That verse pretty much sums up my life, and why I am a Mormon. Even in the trials I have faced, I have always known that God lives, "he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him" (Heb 11:6). I have always chosen to believe, and God has always answered my prayers.

How I live my faith

I look for ways to help others. I try to make my home a place where all will feel welcome. I seek to understand and obey the laws of my community and country. I try to be honest in all that I say and do. I know that I am not perfect. I seek forgiveness, and try not to take offense. I look for the truths of the gospel in the things I study. I seek for inspiration from God for solutions to the challenges I face at work, and in the other areas of my life. I give him credit and thanks for what I am able to create and accomplish. I enjoy studying the scriptures and participating in sunday school. In the scriptures, I look for examples to guide my decisions and stories of faithful people after whom I try to pattern my life. I share what I have learned with others, and listen to what others have to say. Sometimes I experience adversity. When I am discouraged, I know that others have faced similar challenges, and remember that this is part of the process God has designed to shape me into the person he would have me be.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Scott
Your testimony is what you believe and know to be true, especially about God and his Son Jesus Christ. For example, I know that I am a child of God. I know that God sent His Son to atone for my sins and for the sins of the world. I know that He lives. It brings me great Joy to know, that because he died for my sins and then rose from the dead, I can return to live with Him if I keep his commandments. Your testimony also includes the reasons why you believe what you believe. As your understanding of the gospel increases, and your relationship with God deepens, your confidence in your testimony will grow. Show more Show less