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Hi I'm Scott

I'm from Southern California, I served a mission in Africa, while I don't know everything I do know I'm a Mormon and it's great!

About Me

I had an awesome family growing up and we were about as close as it's possible for a family to be- I consider my siblings and parents today to be my closest friends. My family was a significant force in my growing up and becoming who I am today. I love my family with all my heart. A little bit about me; growing up I played about every sport around, but finally settled on swimming where I swam on my high school and club team. I enjoy participating in events like half marathons and triathlons. Though difficult it's exciting to be able to accomplish something difficult. There's some joy that is found in doing something hard and coming out on top, especially if it's not something that you feel particularly adept at. It's nice to achieve something you've worked for and to be able to say at the end, "I can do hard things." I currently attend college in Utah I'm majoring in English and Business. I love learning, and I'm an avid reader - I read everything I can get my hands on from poetry to economics books. In general let me just say I love life. My life certainly isn't perfect, I have challenges and problems like everyone else, but I'm happy. Every day I live is a good day- because of what I know and believe in. There are a million things I could say about myself. I am majoring in English after all, but the most important thing in my life is my God. The one thing I would want everyone to know about me is that I'm a Mormon, I'm a good one, I'm happy, and I love it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and growing up my family never missed a Sunday. I learned so many wonderful truths in my youth: that I was a child of God, that He had a plan for me, and I could one day return to Him. Despite this great teaching though I often relied on the faith of others and couldn't honestly say I knew it personally. When I was 14, I went to a church camp in the summer that marked a great change in my life. One night we had a testimony meeting with other kids attending the camp. I'll never forget seeing two of my closest friends stand up and bear their testimonies that they knew the church was true. As I sat there I had to ask myself if I knew it was true. As I sat and thought and prayed about it - I began to have the strangest feeling in my heart. I felt very distinctly a burning feeling in my heart, but one of comfort and peace. It's difficult to explain, but I knew I'd felt the Spirit of God that night for the first time in my life. I felt that night, more than I heard the words "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true." In coming years I read the Book of Mormon after President Hinckley challenged us to do so. I gained a testimony that it was the word of God, just as it claims to be. I later prepared to serve a mission, which was an incredible blessing in my life, my testimony grew on my mission like I could have never imagined. I am a Mormon, because this work is true - I know it for myself- I have a testimony, I have no doubt.

How I live my faith

I returned home in July of 2012 from serving my mission in Johannesburg South Africa. Serving a mission was undoubtedly the greatest decision I ever made, and I mean that. I firmly believe that all good things that will come in my life, all good choices I make from here regarding my life will trace back to what the Lord taught me in His service as a missionary. I loved being a missionary - my mission changed everything for me, but my mission also means EVERYTHING to me. I learned on a mission in two years, what I wouldn't have learned in a thousand years had I not gone. I learned what it means to really sacrifice and serve the Lord, I gained a love for the word of God, and I learned that not only the Church but also the Gospel was true. On my mission I obtained a great spiritual conversion- my testimony isn't based on what I can see and learn intellectually, but rather what I feel and know spiritually. I don't know everything, but what I do know I am sure about. I have no doubts. Currently I attend a Young Single Adult ward of the Church in Utah and I serve faithfully in the various calling I'm given. It's certainly a sacrifice to commit so much time to living the gospel on top of school, work, and other activities but I'm happy to do so. I firmly believe what Christ taught in Matthew that we should seek first the kingdom of God. As a great man once said "If we haven't chosen the Kingdom of God first, it will make no difference in the end what you have chosen instead."

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Scott
In 1820 there was a young boy by the name of Joseph Smith who found himself in a confusing time. He came from a very religious family and lived in a time of great religious excitement. Joseph was only 14 years old when he began to wonder why there was so much confusion when it came to religion, why were there so many churches, so many different doctrines taught about one God? Joseph turned to the Bible for answers and one day while reading he came across a verse in the Book of James, chapter one, verse 5- which urges us to go to God in prayer if we lack wisdom or are seeking answers. In the spring of 1820 young Joseph did just that, retiring to clearing of trees near his home he knelt down to pray to simply ask which of all of the churches was right. As he began to pray he experienced then the most miraculous thing one could imagine, God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in a heavenly light. He asked them which church to join, Christ responded he should join none, they then called Joseph to be a prophet, just like prophets of old, he was to would bring the truth upon the earth once again. Joseph did as commanded. As a prophet called of God he organized the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as the only true church on the earth once again, the Book of Mormon stands as evidence of Joseph's prophetic calling, and all who desire to know the truth are invited to learn for themselves by reading it. I've done it- I know it's true. Show more Show less