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Hi I'm Scott

I live in the pacific northwest with my wife, Verna. I work in the health care field and enjoy helping people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 60 years old and enjoy being a husband, father and grandpa! I think our Heavenly Father has made a special place in our hearts for grandchildren. I love my family and the perfect day is a day when I get to be with my family for a walk, for a picnic or dinner, or for a special event such as a baseball game or a school play. I have grown up in the western United States and have lived in California, Texas, Utah and Washington. I have had the opportunity to travel to different parts of the world including Europe, the middle East, Mexico and Canada. I am grateful for the freedom that we have to do what is important to us and the freedom to visit other people throughout the world. I hope that through our friendships and activities we can make the world and our communities a better place. I have worked in the hospital and health care field for over 30 years and feel a sense of fulfillment when I know that I am doing something that will encourage and help others. While I do not provide direct health care, I make it possible for others to diagnose, treat and heal. I help to mentor those in the health care field. It is important to me to volunteer my time and energy in teaching and helping others. I also enjoy sporting activities and exercise. Reading is an important hobby, and when I relax I enjoy a good western novel or an old movie.

Why I am a Mormon

As I served in the army many years ago, I saw what the world was like. There were good people and there were people that seemed lost or misguided. Many had the idea that in order to enjoy yourself, you needed to use substances that helped you forget who you were or the situation you were in. I also observed people that devoted their time to helping others and had goals to improve themselves through learning and sharing their gifts with others. I determined that I wanted to be a person like that. When I returned home from the army, I read the Book of Mormon and made a choice to accept a call to serve as a full-time missionary. I served in what was then, West Germany for two years. I knew that there was a Heavenly Father and that he had given each of us an opportunity to come to earth and be an influence for good or evil. I read and studied the Bible and the Book of Mormon and I knew that these written accounts of Jesus Christ from apostles and prophets had meaning and influence and would provide positive direction for me in my life. I took the challenge of the prophet Moroni and while I had no vision, the answer to my prayer was unmistakable--I knew the Book of Mormon was true and I knew that the prophet Joseph Smith had been an instrument in the Lord's hands in restoring the gospel to the earth. I am grateful for the ancient apostles and prophets and for their teachings. I am grateful for the young boy, Joseph Smith who had the courage to stand alone, and do what the Lord directed him to do. I am grateful for his family that supported him when the world attacked him and mocked him. I am grateful for Jesus Christ who I regard as my savior and redeemer and literally the Son of God. His teachings and his atoning sacrifice bless me and my family every moment of our lives. I am grateful that He and our Heavenly Father live and bless us each and every day.

How I live my faith

In our church, each of us are given opportunities to serve. My first responsibility is to serve my family. My wife and I plan together how we might help our children and grandchildren and how we might help each other. We try and plan each week what is most important and to make sure that we do what is most important first. We worship on Sunday together and we strive to study scriptures and read uplifting literature. Prayer is very important to us and we regard it as a means to receive personal revelation from our Heavenly Father. Each of us have responsibilities to teach and care for other families in our congregation, we call it home or visiting teaching. As we visit these families, we try to make sure they know that the Lord cares about them and our congregational (ward) leaders also are concerned for their well being. We try to bring a message of love, encouragement and hope to them each month when we visit. In other opportunities to serve, we might be asked to teach a class, or organize an activity or service project. In our current ward, we have just been asked by our Bishop to serve as Ward missionaries. Sometimes we are asked to serve in leadership positions. When we are called in these capacities, we serve for a period of time, then are released and someone else is given the responsibility. We work together so that all feel that they are welcome and loved in our congregational family. If someone is out of work, or is ill, we work together to help the family. We try to help one another, but we also teach the principles of self-reliance and preparedness, the importance of saving and the importance of healthful living. We try to share what we have with our family and with others. In addition to Sunday worship, we also try and serve our ancestors who have passed away. We do this through researching our family history and performing vicarious sacred ordinances such as baptism and eternal marriages in sacred buildings we call temples.