Elder Richard G. Scott By: Rudy Becerra, Whitney Baldwin, Mindy Jensen, and Shari Okuda
Date of birth & current age November 7, 1928 (age 83) Place of birth Pocatello, Idaho Where he was raisedAt age five, the family moved to Washington DC
Where he was educated & what he studied George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science inMechanical Engineering
What he did occupationally before becoming an Apostle“Scott was interviewed for a job on a top-secret project involving nuclear energy. The interview seemed to go poorly since, when Scott mentioned his recent missionary service, the volatile Captain snapped, "and what do I care about your mission?" When asked what was the last book he read Scott had to answer truthfully "the Book of Mormon". When all seemed lost Scott stood to leave but Rickover told him to wait, saying that he had only been testing his confidence, as to whether he would be true to what he believed, since this would be a difficult project. He was then offered the job in the immediate staff of Captain Rickover working on the design of the nuclear reactor for the Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine of the U.S. Navy. He later completed what was an equivalent to a doctorate in nuclear engineering at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, but due to the classified nature of the work, a formal university degree could not be awarded. He also worked on the development of the first commercial land-based nuclear power plant.”
-Married and Sealed to Jeanene Watkins July 16, 1953, in the Manti Temple -7 Children TotalEarly in their marriage the Scotts lost two children. A daughter died just before birth, and six weeks later their two-year-old son died in heart surgery. -Jeanene Watkins Scott passed away May 15, 1995 - Never Remarried -Married for nearly 42 Years! - Sealed FOREVER!
“I will be able to be with “ I am confident that my beloved Jeanene andwhen, in our future, I will our children forever see her again beyond the because of that sacredveil, we will recognize that ordinance performedwe have become even more with the proper deeply in love.” priesthood authority in the house of the Lord.” “I remember one day I took some of those little round paper circles that form when you punch holes in paper, and I wrote on them the numbers 1 to 100. I turned each over and wrote her a message, one word on each circle. Then I scooped them up and put them in an envelope. I thought she would get a good laugh. When she passed away, I found in her private things how much she appreciated the simple messages that we shared with each other. I noted that she had carefully pasted every one of those circles on a piece of paper. She not only kept my notes to her, but she protected them with plastic coverings as if they were a valuable treasure. There is only one that she didn’t put with the others. It is still behind the glass in our kitchen clock. It reads, “Jeanene, it is time to tell you I love you.” It remains there and reminds me of that exceptional daughter of Father in Heaven.”
Did he serve a mission?Yes: Called to serve in the Uruguay Montevideo Mission Mission President?Yes: The Argentina North Mission in Cordoba, Argentina
Why a Mission? Jeanene Watkins, told Scott that she would only marry a returned missionary in the Holy temple of the Lord, Scott weighed and measured then applied for missionary service. . . . “Twice in his life, people urged Richard Scott to refuse missionassignments - once when he was a young man and later when he wascalled to be a mission president. In both cases, they warned him that his career as an engineer would be seriously jeopardized. But both times, he chose to accept the call.”. . . "When I was very young," he says, "I made a covenant with the Lord that I would devote my best energies to his work. I have repeated that covenant throughout the years."
How long he has been an ordained Apostle? October 1, 1988 – Present (24 Years)
Other Callings He was called as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 2, 1977 Served as a member of the Presidency of that Quorum from October 1, 1983, until his present calling.
Interests and Hobbies As a child Elder Scott’s parentsencouraged him as well as his siblings totake apart and rebuild mechanical things to discover how they worked. His parents even trusted them to repair the family car. He said “one time, as a joke, we put a caboose whistle on the exhaust manifold of that car!” Elder Scott was the class President inHigh School and played the clarinet in the band and was also a drum major.
While preparing for College Elder Scott was determined to earn his own way. He was very creative in his adventures to accomplish that goal. He… Worked on an oyster boat off the east coast Cut down trees in Utah for the forest service Repaired railroad cars for the Pacific Union
Elder Scott was the family fix- it man Elder Scott enjoyed working with his hands, he took care of.. The plumbing The electricity Anything else that needed work He built a deck onto their home and designed and built an additional living room, master bedroom, and bathroom onto a previous home.
Elder Scott finds joy in emulating beauty, in life and nature through painting as well as water coloring. Elder Scott first developed an interest in painting 40 years ago when he was observing a friends artistic skills. He says “Heshowed me a little bit about watercolor, which was fascinating to me. I went to the library , got some books, started to study, and then had the privilege of studying with a very competent watercolorist for a few lessons.”
As Elder Scott became interested in painting he said “ something inside of me said, try it.” But he told himself that he had never before had any type of artistic ability and that all he will do is prove that he has none. Fortunately he did try and was persistent. His paintings have been on display at Deseret Book as well as copies of his original paintings are for sale.
As a Family They were interested in Jazz musicElder Scott developed many interests in his life, but most of them were Collected and listened to shared with his wife. South American folk music. Both enjoyed painting, water coloring Enjoyed birding. He states, “ There’s a bird feeder in the backyard, and when the family eats out on the patio, there’s always at least one pair of binoculars on the table.”
Elder Scott has distinguished himself as an individual ofscience, art and “the soul of a man whose priorities are centered in God and family.”
Elder Scott Teaches us theImportance of Family History
Family HistoryElder Scott over saw significant changes in the Genealogydepartment of the church. Those changes included:• applying technology to research• changing the name from Genealogy to Family History• simplifying steps to identify ancestors• moving away from training genealogists• increasing microfilming records• internationalizing family history centers• decentralizing key functions away from headquarters
Family History“Do you young people want a sure way to eliminate theinfluence of the adversary in your life? Immerse yourselfin searching for your ancestors, prepare their names forthe sacred vicarious ordinances available in thetemple, and then go to the temple to stand as proxy forthem to receive the ordinances of baptism and the gift ofthe Holy Ghost. As you grow older, you will be able toparticipate in receiving the other ordinances as well. I canthink of no greater protection from the influence of theadversary in your life.” – Elder Richard G. Scott, “The Joy ofRedeeming the Dead”, October 2012, General Conference
Though he played a significant role as changes were made to the Family History Department, Elder Scott states: “They were made in accordance with inspired long-rangegoals established by the First Presidency and the Quorumof the Twelve,” he says. “And I was fortunate to come tothat position after a great foundation had been laid by mypredecessors—and to have the help of experiencedManaging Directors and a devoted management staff. Ihave worked with outstanding individuals before. But Ihave never been blessed to serve with a morededicated, capable, devoted group of men andwomen, nor more consistently felt the guiding influenceof the Spirit than during this singular experience in theFamily History Department.” (lds.org)
He teaches us How to Obtain Revelation and Inspiration
How to Obtain Revelation and Inspiration“When I am faced with a very difficult matter, this ishow I try to understand what to do. I fast. I pray tofind and understand scriptures that will be helpful.That process is cyclical. I start reading a passage ofscripture; I ponder what the verse means and prayfor inspiration. I then ponder and pray to know if Ihave captured all the Lord wants me to do. Oftenmore impressions come with increasedunderstanding of doctrine. I have found thatpattern to be a good way to learn from thescriptures.” – Richard G. Scott, “How to Obtain Revelation andInspiration for Your Personal Life”, April 2012 General Conference
Ways to Enhance Revelation• Eliminate emotions that will drive away the Holy Ghost• Be cautious with humor or inappropriate laughter• Avoid exaggeration or loudness in what is stated• Exercise, sleep, and good eating habits can increase our understanding and capacity to receive revelationRichard G. Scott,“How to Obtain Revelation and Inspiration for Your Personal Life”, ByElder Richard G. Scott, April 2012 General Conferencehttp://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/04/how-to-obtain-revelation-and-inspiration-for-your-personal-life
He teaches us about the Eternal Blessings of Marriage
Eternal Blessings of Marriage“Two of the vital pillars that sustain Father inHeaven’s plan of happiness are marriage and thefamily. Their lofty significance is underscored bySatan’s relentless efforts to splinter the family andto undermine the significance of templeordinances, which bind the family together foreternity. The temple sealing has greater meaning aslife unfolds. It will help you draw ever closertogether and find greater joy and fulfillment inmortality.” -- Elder Richard G. Scott, “Eternal Blessings ofMarriage”, April 2011, General Conference
Eternal Blessings of Marriage“Once I learned an important lesson from my wife. I traveled extensively in my profession. I hadbeen gone almost two weeks and returned home one Saturday morning. I had four hours before Ineeded to attend another meeting. I noticed that our little washing machine had broken downand my wife was washing the clothes by hand. I began to fix the machine.”Jeanene came by and said, “Rich, what are you doing?”I said, “I’m repairing the washing machine so you don’t have to do this by hand.”She said, “No. Go play with the children.”I said, “I can play with the children anytime. I want to help you.”Then she said, “Richard, please go play with the children.”When she spoke to me that authoritatively, I obeyed.I had a marvelous time with our children. We chased each other around and rolled in the fallleaves. Later I went to my meeting. I probably would have forgotten that experience were it notfor the lesson that she wanted me to learn.The next morning about 4:00 a.m., I was awakened as I felt two little arms around my neck, a kisson the cheek, and these words whispered in my ear, which I will never forget: “Dad, I love you.You are my best friend.”If you are having that kind of experience in your family, you are having one of the supernal joys oflife.Richard G. Scott, “The Eternal Blessings of Marriage”, April 2011, General Conference
Expressions of Lovewww.youtube.com/watch?v=hkOnH36S_pY&fea ture=em-share_video_user
Elder Scott is an Apostle of the Lord. I know this without a doubt. He speaks to all of us with love and pleads for us to repent because he loves us. I learned many principles but I think I learned the most and what will stick with my forever is how to love unconditionally and pursue talents and leave our comfort zones. Elder Scott once said “I appreciate my wife’s enthusiasm…she has a tremendous enthusiasm for life. I appreciate her deep spirituality. It was one of the things I recognized in her before I knew much else about her, and it has been a constant source of strength all our married life. We’ve always worked together, and feel that we support one another.” I know that through his example I can become a better mother and wife to my family. He has showed and reminded me how important it is to Love the Lord, repent and make my family my number one priority.I really appreciated learning about his steps in becoming a painter. He tells of a time when hetried to convince himself to not even try, but he persisted and found something that made himextremely happy. I can and will apply this to my life, not only in developing talents but in mydaily life with my family and friends. Elder Scott is an excellent individual to emulate, and Iintent to do so. -Whitney Baldwin
I had the opportunity to meet Elder Scott whenmy father was put into a Stake Presidency 4years ago. He was such a kind and gentle man.He was so careful to speak to all of the little kidsand shake each of their hands.He spoke of his love for his wife and told us thatwhen she passed away he made a goal that hewould go to the Temple every week. He hasnever missed a week.The Spirit was so strong as he bore histestimony of our Savior. I know he is an Apostleof the Lord and is called to be a special witnessof Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for livingprophets and apostles on the earth today. --Mindy Jensen
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