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Elder Richard G. Scott

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Transcript of Elder Richard G. Scott

Married Life
Ministry
Personal Life
Member of the Twelve Apostles
Richard G. Scott
Childhood
How it all began...
Married/Family Life
Favorite Quotes
Church Service
Richard was an outgoing young man; he was a class president in high school, played clarinet in the band, and was drum major for the marching band. As a teenager, he showed a remarkable spirit of adventure while earning his own money for college. One summer he worked on an oyster boat off the coast of Long Island. Another summer he cut down trees in Utah for the Forest Service. He also repaired railroad cars for the Union Pacific.
On September 29, 1988, President Ezra Taft Benson—“with tenderness and love and great understanding that I will never forget”—extended to Elder Richard G. Scott a call to become an Apostle of the Lord and a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Elder Scott was sustained two days later, on October 1.
Then in 1977, eight years after being released as mission president, Richard G. Scott was called to be a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. For a year he served as managing director in the Priesthood Department, then as executive administrator in Mexico and Central America. He and his family lived in Mexico City for three of his six years in that assignment.
“I know that as I continue to live worthily I will have the privilege of being with my beautiful wife, whom I love with all my heart, and with those children who are with her on the other side of the veil, because of the opportunities made possible through the eternal ordinances that were performed in the Manti Temple.”
“Scriptures can calm an agitated soul, giving peace, hope, and a restoration of confidence in one’s ability to overcome the challenges of life. They have potent power to heal emotional challenges when there is faith in the Savior. They can accelerate physical healing.”
Personal Experiences
Several years ago our Stake Presidency was reorganized by Elder Richard G. Scott. He attended the meeting in the Stake Center with most of the Priesthood leadership. Immediately following that meeting, he was driven to a nearby building where my family was in attendance to hold an impromptu discussion with those of us who remained. He stood at the pulpit and spoke to us about his dreams and the great impact several of them had had on his life. He told us of his great love and admiration for his beloved wife, Jeanene. His message was unrehearsed and unceremonial, it was delightful. I gained a new love and appreciation for this great man of God through this experience.
Elder Scott came to our stake to reorganize our Stake presidency. I remember him talking about the power of the Atonement. He talked about the experience of a daughter having the capacity to forgive her father for having done something that could be considered by most as unforgivable. The Spirit was so strong as he bore testimony of the reality of the Atonement. I am grateful for the in-person experience I had in hearing from a prophet and seer.
Born: November 7, 1928 in Pocatello, ID
Raised in Washington, DC, where his father became acquainted with President Benson and was baptized.
Studied at George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He became a Nuclear Engineer.
Elder Scott married Jeanene
Watkins, daughter of a Utah senator. They met prior to him serving a mission. She told him she would marry a returned missionary, motivating Elder Scott to serve a mission. He returned home and she served a mission herself. After returning home, they were married in the Manti, Utah temple.
Jeanene and Richard had seven children, only five of which survived to adulthood. They lost a son in a surgery to correct congenital heart condition and a daughter who only survived for minutes. Jeanene passed away in 1995.
Served a full time mission in Uruguay Montevideo Mission.
1965-1969 Served as mission president in Argentina North Mission.
The scriptures provide the strength of authority to our declarations when they are cited correctly. They can become stalwart friends that are not limited by geography or calendar. They are always available when needed. Their use provides a foundation of truth that can be awakened by the Holy Ghost. Learning, pondering, searching, and memorizing scriptures is like filling a filing cabinet with friends, values, and truths that can be called upon anytime, anywhere in the world.

Great power can come from memorizing scriptures. To memorize a scripture is to forge a new friendship. It is like discovering a new individual who can help in time of need, give inspiration and comfort, and be a source of motivation for needed change.

"The Power of Scripture" October 2011 General Conference

"Many voices from the world in which we live tell us we should live at a frantic pace," said Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve in his Saturday afternoon conference address. "Yet, deep inside each of us is a need to have a place of refuge where peace and serenity prevail. … The ideal place for that peace is within the walls of our own homes."
Elder Scott in 2001 came to our Stake Conference. He was so inspiring and he was so personal. I remember sitting in Stake Priesthood Leadership Meeting, and being taught from him. He pulled a list of questions from his laptop, and went around the meeting asking for the doctrine that is being taught. I was so nervous that he was going to call on me. It was such an inspiring meeting to me, because he talked to us like he had known us all of his life. That is the one thing I will never forget about Elder Scott. His love for everyone of us.
Elliot Kirk
"I have no power to describe the peace and serenity that come from the assurance that as I continue to live worthily, I will be able to be with my beloved Jeanene and our children forever because of that sacred ordinance performed with the proper priesthood authority in the house of the Lord."
Elder Richard G. Scott, The Eternal Blessings of Marriage, General Conference, Apr. 2011
"It is so rewarding to be married. Marriage is wonderful. In time you begin to think alike and have the same ideas and impressions. You have times when you are extremely happy, times of testing, and times of trial, but the Lord guides you through all of those growth experiences together."
Elder Richard G. Scott, The Eternal Blessings of Marriage, General Conference, Apr. 2011
"Do you tell your wife often how very much you love her? It will bring her great happiness. I’ve heard men tell me when I say that, “Oh, she knows.” You need to tell her. A woman grows and is greatly blessed by that reassurance. Express gratitude for what your spouse does for you. Express that love and gratitude often. That will make life far richer and more pleasant and purposeful. Don’t withhold those natural expressions of love. And it works a lot better if you are holding her close while you tell her." Elder Richard G. Scott, The Eternal Blessings of Marriage, General Conference, Apr. 2011
"I learned from my wife the importance of expressions of love. Early in our marriage, often I would open my scriptures to give a message in a meeting, and I would find an affectionate, supportive note Jeanene had slipped into the pages. Sometimes they were so tender that I could hardly talk. Those precious notes from a loving wife were and continue to be a priceless treasure of comfort and inspiration."
Elder Scott's feelings for his beloved wife Jeanene:
"As I have thought back over our life together, I realize how blessed we’ve been. We have not had arguments in our home or unkind words between us. Now I realize that blessing came because of her. It resulted from her willingness to give, to share, and to never think of herself. In our later life together, I tried to emulate her example. I suggest that as husband and wife you do the same in your home." Elder Richard G. Scott, The Eternal Blessings of Marriage, General Conference, Apr. 2011

"Jeanene’s kindness taught me so many valuable things. I was so immature, and she was so disciplined and so spiritual. Marriage provides an ideal setting for overcoming any tendency to be selfish or self-centered. I think one of the reasons that we are counseled to get married early in life is to avoid developing inappropriate character traits that are hard to change." Elder Richard G. Scott, The Eternal Blessings of Marriage, General Conference, Apr. 2011

"I know what it is to love a daughter of Father in Heaven who with grace and devotion lived the full feminine splendor of her righteous womanhood. I am confident that when, in our future, I see her again beyond the veil, we will recognize that we have become even more deeply in love. We will appreciate each other even more, having spent this time separated by the veil."
Elder Richard G. Scott, The Eternal Blessings of Marriage, General Conference, Apr. 2011
Elder Scott sent this picture to my mother and father in law on the front of a hand made card, shortly after he visited our Stake, and set my father in law apart as the Stake President of the Vista California Stake, back in Nov. 2004. Inside this beautifully made card, Elder Scott shared the following passage of scripture with my mother and father in law: "If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)
I believe that for the most part the members of our group felt inclined to work on the project for Elder Scott, because each one of us has felt his love and sincerity in his ministry. If I could summarize the experience of studying about Elder Scott for this assignment in one word, I would be divided on the words, LOVE, PEACE, and HOPE. I believe that Elder Scott exemplifies the love of the Savior and peace that comes through the Atonement as we apply It in our lives, and the hope that comes in a knowledge of that Atonement. I love Elder Scott all the more. - Jennie Taylor
The End.
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