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Hi I'm Scott Johnson

I graduated with a degree in Near Eastern Studies. I'm a technology entrepreneur and a Mormon.

About Me

Some people say I'm retired. The reality is that I have the great opportunity, at a young age, to work on whatever I want to work on, to spend time with the family whenever I like, and to do many many interesting things. I have five kids, ages 9 to 18. I'm the Chairman of the software company I started. I'm an entrepreneur working on or investing in several different companies. I teach at BYU and I absolutely love the outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I like knowing the overall game plan for my existence here on earth. I like having divine guidance giving me specific and clear pointers along the way. When the way is unclear, I like the comfort and peace I can receive. I like knowing that there is a greater purpose. I like opportunities for service. What I just described is not unique to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, so why not be Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish? The answer lies in some specific doctrines of the gospel. Namely, a) that God calls and directs prophets to speak His word on the earth and b) that His authority, the priesthood, is used to provide ordinances of salvation, including baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the power to bind on earth and in heaven - such as a marriage. The guidance I referred to is personal and comes by the gift of the Holy Ghost and general through modern-day prophets called to make known to us God's will. These two things I know by experience provide a great perspective and advantage in this life. The service I referred to is the constant sacrifice of time and talent for blessing other's lives. I could be a really self-absorbed individual, but through the church, I spend many hours each week doing service. This has the effect of enriching and blessing my life. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am responsible for a group of 12-14 year-old boys. In the church, this role has three facets: spiritual development, gospel instruction, and scouting. Scouting is a weekly gathering where we learn skills, do merit badges, do service, and prepare for campouts. Scouting is also 10-11 campouts per year with a couple of those being 3-5 days long. On Sundays, we spend an hour each week learning about the scriptures and gospel topics. On Wednesday nights, we do activities. I also volunteer as a professor at BYU. I teach a class called Financing New Ventures and help with some of the other entrepreneurism activities. I spend time each week as a mentor to students who are starting their own businesses as well. In the church there are many other opportunities to serve and work.