Hi I'm Spencer
Currently I reside in the Sacramento area of northern California and work as a product design consultant and design primarily the look and feel of consumer electronics products such as phones, computers, and appliances. I grew up on the wonderful and beautiful island of Jamaica in a great family who taught me well.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up in the LDS church in Jamaica with good parents and friends around me. I always believed it was true, but I wanted to know for myself that the life I was living was the right thing for me. When I was 18 and starting out in college, I felt an impression that the time had come to really decide for myself whether or not this was the right church for me. So I opened my Book of Mormon and began reading in earnest for the first time in my life. I had read before, but the stories this time came to life and through prayer, the Holy Ghost witnessed to me that it was true. What once seemed to be distant stories of prophets in ancient lands became real to me. I recall in particular this pearl of wisdom - if you believe these things, see that you do them - and I set out to do just that. Shortly thereafter, I served a mission for the church in San Antonio Texas. I spent two years teaching others about Jesus Christ and sharing what I knew to be true about my Savior. It's unlike anything I ever experienced. You could say that it built a strong foundation of faith and commitment for the rest of my life - A foundation of faith that I continue to maintain through living the principles I know to be true.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
My wife and I have been married for a year now as I write this, and being a newlywed can be particularly challenging. We both bring with us baggage, habits, quirks, and idiosyncrasies that certainly could drive either one of us mad. you could say that marriage itself is a miracle. I love my wife, and I feel that the Gospel only helps our love grow deeper and wider. By knowing who we are and why we are here, we are equipped with the perspective to know that the small stuff is really small. By living by faith, we can overcome the small challenges because of short-sightedness, and by having Charity, we quickly diffuse any situation that potentially could be problematic. In short, we try to be an army of three - myself, my wife, and Christ.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
As a product designer, I feel that I have a rare opportunity - one in which I can participate in a raw creative process that translates my raw ideas into tangible objects that hopefully can bless the lives of others in some way - whether that be through entertainment or utility. What I mean is, we believe that our Heavenly Father created this world, and did it all for us. By no means am I comparing myself to him, but I sure would love to be some day - much like a child yearns to be like his Father. Being blessed with this talent to create, I've taken it upon myself to share with others my abilities as much as I can by educating others with workshops, or through my websites online. Nothing beats seeing the lights click in someone's head when you've successfully conveyed a principle or idea to them. That's what makes sharing my talents and abilities through teaching so rewarding for me. It's not about the money - it's about happiness and joy.
How I live my faith
I try to be the best person I can be. It's easy some times to get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle of life, but I find it particularly important to reflect often on the true meaning of life - being Christlike and returning to live with Heavenly Father. I try to do this by being kind to others, sharing my talents and whatever means I have to better the lives of those around me. In my local church group, my wife and I have the awesome opportunity of teaching 13-14 year olds about preparing to return to live with our Heavenly Father. Most of the lessons include real advice like - eating healthy, managing our anger, setting goals, living by faith, and gaining a testimony. I think I learn more from them sometimes than I do by myself when preparing the lessons. They are a delight to teach, and I look forward to each Sunday when I get to meet with them.