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Hi I'm Spencer.

I'm an evolutionary biologist, an avid outdoors-man, an eternally lucky husband and father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Gainesville, Florida. I'm a third generation University of Florida graduate, where I studied Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. I served a 2-year mission in Ecuador where I learned Spanish, Quichua, and Cha'palaachi. My mission was the best two years for my life. I'm an evolutionary biologist who believes in climate change, an avid cyclist, a nature lover, the 5th of 6 kids, an eternally lucky husband to the greatest woman I've ever met and father to the cutest and funniest kid on the planet. And oh yeah, I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon for many reasons. I was born into the Church. My parents were both converts, though before my maternal grandpa, my ancestors were members of the Church back until the early 1840's. Most importantly, I'm a Mormon because I love being one. I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and I love and know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I'm a Mormon because living the gospel of Jesus Christ brings me joy. It is so clear to me that when I obey, I am happy. When I disobey, I'm MISERABLE! There is no greater witness for me of the truthfulness of the gospel than the feeling of true peace and comfort I feel when I abide by it's precepts. I'm a Mormon because I believe in and want an eternal marriage and family. I love and cherish my wife, and I want to be with her forever. No greater joy can come than from this knowledge.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in every moment of the day. I try to be faithful in my studies, in my work, in my relationships, and in my Church responsibilities. At school and work I have the opportunity to help and serve others, and share with them the principles of the gospel that I love so much. I try to help, serve, and love my family and those around me. As a formal calling, I teach in our priesthood meetings. I thoroughly enjoy talking with them teaching them, and learning from them. I believe that one of the best way to learn a subject is to teach it.

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Spencer.
I believe that all things denote there is a God. I am a biologist, and I study the origins of life. Nature is one of the biggest reasons that I believe in God. I see His hand in the many wonderful creations. I also have a deep feeling that God lives, that there is a higher power and that he loves me. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Spencer.
Mormons live very normal lifestyles. I wake up, eat breakfast, go to school and work, come home, and enjoy time with my family. We take part in normal activities, we go shopping, we hike and bike and swim, we sing, we dance, we get married, we have kids, we love our neighbors, we play the guitar, we believe in a God who loves us and wants us to enjoy this life by magnifying out talents and purposes. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Spencer.
Mormons are not required to serve a mission. They are encouraged, and the desire to serve a mission is the natural consequence of coming to know the Church is true. When we gain a testimony and are baptized, we commit to living the gospel and sharing it's message. It is a great blessing to be able to serve and share the teachings of the Church with those who desire. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Spencer.
Mormons are absolutely Christians. We believe Christ is the Son of God. We believe that he lived. We believe that he was perfect, that he established a Church here on earth, and that he sacrificed his life for our sins, so that through him we can return to the presence of God. We believe that he was resurrected, and that he lives today, and that he has appeared to people in this time. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Spencer.
Mormon Church services consist of three parts: sacrament meeting, Sunday school, and Priesthood (men) or Relief Society (women). There are classes for people of all ages and backgrounds, even those who are visiting for the first time and know nothing about out Faith. Visitors are MORE than welcome to Church meetings. They will be welcomed in and guided to the classes they should attend. The Mormon Church has a lay clergy, so all of the teachers and leaders are normal people with jobs and families. Service in the Church is just that, service. Show more Show less