Scott Thormaehlen served honorably for four years in the United States Air Force as a weather forecaster during the Operation Enduring Freedom and the War on Terrorism. He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelors of Arts in History. These academic and professional experiences cultivated an already analytical and curious mind. Stationed in the Bible Belt, at Shaw AFB, SC and born in South Texas, Scott has lived in areas where Bible-only belief is the prevailing religious perspective. Having lived in the “Mission Field” for over 29 years, Scott gained a cultural perspective of his religious counterparts in school, among friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Sharing a belief in the Bible and being raised in the knowledge of the Restoration, Scott came to realize the peculiarity of his station in life and the conflict between Mormonism and mainstream Christians. His interest in history, particularly Early Christian history and the differences between Mormons and mainstream Christians motivated this book; particularly that many viewed his faith as a cult and did not fully understand and ofter misrepresented the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The book begun in 2003 as a few pages of notes that sought to simply answer Mormon topics with the Bible. Over the years Scott added more notes, and more notes, until he decided to put his work and thoughts into book format.
Things That Inspire You
Hiking, Cinematic Music, Truth, Babies, and Jesus Christ
Places You Would Most Want to Travel To
Scotland, Havasupai Falls, AZ, and New Zealand
Rolos, Almonds, Fruit
Indiana Jones, Da Vinci Code, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Avengers, Dark Knight Series, The Man of Steel (though it is yet to be released), and Thor.
Places you would consider paradise
Fiji, New Zealand, Texas
Places you’d like to take your laptop to and write
Scotland, New Zealand, Greece
Books that inspired you in your life?
Standing for Something, Gordon B. Hinckley / Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Pieces of advice you would tell the “teen”you
Have clear goals, don’t worry about investing in your future financially, just have a goal!
What is the last thing you bought?
A Cool Ranch Doritos Taco from Taco Bell
Craziest thing you ever ate?
My oldest brother lived on a ranch in Texas, we ate squirrel and rabbit stew.
If you were not a writer, what would you like to do?
Teach at a University, Travel the world
Are you for or against books being made into movies?
Where is your favorite spot to write?
What drives you insane about the writing process?
About how long does it take to write a book?
It was a process that began in 2003 as notes, then I added more and by 2005 I decided to attempt writing a book, and the process ended in 2013.
What made you decide to write in this genre?
Life experiences, a need to know the truth, and to help others understand.
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
As an employee of the publisher during the process, it was fun to see them come up with the title and cover design.
Day of Defense transforms misconceptions and stigmas associated with the LDS Church into opportunities to effectively share the truth. Discussion is divided into specific topics that place seemingly peculiar LDS beliefs into patterns seen in the Bible and early Christian history. Misunderstandings discussed include:
-The Great Apostasy
-Heaven and Hell
-Man’s Potential and the Nature of God
-The Book of Mormon
The Bible comparisons of these tough topics will give you the confidence to stand strong in the day of your defense.
1 copy of Day of Defense