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Hi I'm Spencer

I was raised in America and Europe and am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student studying Recreation Management. The outdoors is a special place to me, so my top hobbies include rock climbing, backpacking, rafting, and mountain biking-freedom! Recently I was married to an amazing woman, and am forever grateful for her. I come from a family with step siblings and step parents, out of which I am child number 7 in the mix. Books are so precious to me. Usually when I am not studying for a class I am diving into a good book that has caught my interest-I love to learn! While the outdoors is a passion for me my faith is life, and I am always eager to learn more about how to better live the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon, however, it took me some time until I became serious about really living the gospel and not just going through the motions. In all simplicity, what my conversion came down to was learning about Christ and His gospel, and then living it. As time went on I could really tell a difference was being made in how I felt, acted, and thought about myself, others, and God. It was like eating fruit that tasted more delicious than anything I had ever experienced. Some key things that helped me to get where I am were... 1. A desire to really know for myself 2. The Book Of Mormon 3. Sincere and rigorous study 4. Asking God for truth through prayer 5. Living what I knew

How I live my faith

In my ward, or congregation, my calling is to help and serve those men who are usually around the ages of 21-30. I help to organize activities, lessons, personal interviews, offer help in various circumstances, give counsel where it is needed, and most importantly be a true friend and build faith in Christ. A great deal of my time not only consists of serving in these ways, but includes working with the leader of our ward, or congregation, as well as the woman who is my counterpart for the sisters.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Spencer
No we do not worship Joseph Smith. As Mormons we recognize that Joseph Smith was called by God to be a prophet during his time, just as Moses was called by God during his life to teach God's will and act as His messenger. Much like the ancient Jews reflected upon the teachings and life of Moses in order to learn things God was teaching through him, we are able to reflect on the prophet Joseph Smith's life and learn from another one of God's chosen servants. In regards to worship, we only worship God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Spencer
No. Not in any way does the Church endorse political parties. You will find that there are a wide range of political views within the Church, which is contrary to the popular belief that all Mormons are republican. What the Church does do is encourage us to vote and to be informed about what is going on. They don't ask us to consider a certain candidate or point of view, but they do ask that we make our own choice. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Spencer
Who chooses the Prophet? It is so simple that it is so wonderful. It is God who chooses the prophet, just as He did in the Old and New Testaments. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Spencer
Yes we do. A common misconception is that because we read the Book Of Mormon we don't read the Bible. In truth, I read the Bible often and use it as well as the Book Of Mormon when I study the gospel. Why? I have found that when I study the Book Of Mormon I better understand the Bible. And it is the same when I study the Bible I better understand the Book Of Mormon. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Spencer
Joseph Smith was called of God to be the prophet who would restore the gospel of Christ in it fulness. Born in 1805 in Vermont, Joseph came from a large family of many brothers and sisters and God fearing parents. When I first came to an understanding of who Joseph was, I realized two important things. (1) Joseph was a man just like the rest of us, and he wasn't perfect by any means. (2) God called Joseph to be His prophet because he possessed the traits and qualities required to accomplish the restoration of the gospel. What I mean is that Joseph was humble enough for God to work with and mold for His eternal purposes. One thing that you may not know about Joseph is that he had little formal education because of family circumstances, but was a sincere seeker of truth, which is why he experience what is known as the first vision. The first vision is an event in which I know Joseph was visited by God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ. Previous to this Joseph had learned from the epistle of James that if he lacked wisdom, he should ask God, so he decided to act on this understanding. Joseph asked God and Christ which of all the Churches was correct, so that he might join that one. To Joseph's surprise he was told none were correct. Joseph was a husband, a father, a son, a playful friend, a very inspiring individual, a mortal man, and above all he was a messenger of God. Show more Show less