When I heard the news yesterday that Elder Richard G. Scott passed away, I went to my room to be alone and cried, not out of sadness, but out of gratitude for the man who changed my life and the way I think forever.

How Elder Scott changed the way I live the gospel

When I was 18, at the end of high school and I realized that I had my whole life ahead of me but I felt lost, dark and very depressed. I began to search for light in my life, I began to read the scriptures, pray and listen to conference like I never had before. One day in the midst of all of that I heard a talk by Elder Richard G. Scott, and in it he says a line with such love and such compassion that it changed my world, he said, “Don’t give up what you want most in life for what you think you want now.” (watch the talk here)

That simple statement gave me the courage I needed to face my fears and move forward through some of the most challenging parts of my life.

Thank you Elder Scott, for helping me to have the faith to change.


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This is me, right in the middle, a few years back now when my testimony was being formed and I was feeling a change.


How Elder Scott changed the way I view marriage

I come from a family that is no stranger to divorce, from my immediate parents, all the way up through the family tree. From witnessing divorce in my early years, I came to feel that nothing good could truly last.  That happy, healthy, normal, deeply loving relationships are just outside my reach.

But when I heard Elder Scott speak, in his soft inviting way and as he stares into your soul through the camera, I could feel, as I sure you could too, that he had that kind of marriage. That he had that kind of love. His purity, his simplicity, and his profound charity for woman, particularly his wife astounds me, and gives me hope.

Thank you Elder Scott, for giving me hope for an eternally loving marriage.

How Elder Scott changed the way I view Death

As I sat in my room yesterday, I thought on how profound it was that I felt the spirit so strong after hearing the news of his death. I felt deeply that a spiritual giant had gone home.  I was reminded of some words from a talk he gave, he said:

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. (watch the talk here)

I can only imagine that sweet reunion of them last night in heaven. That thought stands in stark contrast to the worlds view of death, Elder Scott showed me that death is nothing to be feared, it is simply a joyful reunion with those we have loved and lost for a time.

Thank you Elder Scott, for showing with your life that the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.

How Elder Scott will be remembered

He was first and foremost a husband, a father, and an incredible representative of Jesus Christ. He is one of my hero’s because he so closely resembles how Christ would be.

Thank you Elder Scott, we love you and you will be missed.



If you have any experiences where Elder Scott has changed your life please leave them in the comments below. And as always I would love to hear from you about anything to do with Elder Scott or missionary work, you can reach me at [email protected]

More on Elder Scott and his life:

Elder Richard G. Scott, a gifted man who loved family, faith above all, dies at 86

Video of Elder Scott’s life

“To Be Free of Heavy Burdens” By Richard G. Scott



About The Author


Hello, my name's Bruce! (You can go ahead and say it, 'Hello Bruce.') I'm currently a member missionary, formally a missionary member in North Carolina and I love the gospel! I work as a counselor at Especially For Youth (efy) and I love everything about preparing for, serving and returning from a mission with power.

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