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Hi I'm Spencer Salisbury

I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

About Me

I was born into a wonderful family with two loving parents and three siblings. I am a musician. I plan to study Mechanical Engineering because I love designing things, building things, and seeing the fruits of my labors!

Why I am a Mormon

A lot of people feel repulsed by the "legalism" of the restored gospel, but I feel that it makes me free! The things I give up to live the way Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want me to live are small sacrifices compared to the wonderful blessings that I receive.

How I live my faith

I am currently a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in St. Louis, Missouri! I am serving because I love the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I want to tell everyone that this gospel has been restored again on the Earth, and that because of this, we can live with our Father in Heaven and with our families forever!

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Spencer Salisbury
Mormons definitely DO NOT practice polygamy. We believe "in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law" (12th Article of Faith), and polygamy is illegal in many countries, including the United States. Anyone found practicing polygamy is excommunicated (removed from Church records) and reported to the authorities. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Spencer Salisbury
A "Mormon" is a nickname for someone who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The nickname arose from a book of scripture called the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Spencer Salisbury
These are smaller organizations within the church. The Lord has decreed that his kingdom should be one of order, and this his how He revealed it should be done. A ward/branch is a singular congregation, usually defined by geographic boundaries. The difference between the two is how large the congregation is; a ward is larger than a branch. A stake is the largest of the three, and consists of a handful of wards/branches. A stake can be compared to a county, a ward to a city, and a branch to a town. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Spencer Salisbury
The Word of Wisdom is basically a law of health that God revealed to help keep our bodies healthy and our minds active. It was revealed to the prophet Joseph Smith in the early 1800s, and it tells us to abstain from alcohol, coffee, tea, tobacco, and other addictive substances. It also advises us to eat fruits, vegetables, meats, and other foods in their proper proportions. Show more Show less

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

Spencer Salisbury
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a politically neutral organization, but encourages its members to vote for representatives that will support the standards of the Church. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Spencer Salisbury
In the temples, we make sacred covenants (promises) with God to live his gospel. We also receive instructions that will help us in this life and the life to come. The things in the temple aren't secret, but sacred. We are counseled to not discuss the things we learn there outside of the temple of the Lord because of their sacred nature. Everyone can have the opportunity to enter into the temple and learn these instructions and make these covenants, if only they will live their lives in accordance to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Also in the temple, we perform ordinances (such as baptism) for our deceased ancestors who never had a chance to accept the gospel during their mortal life. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Spencer Salisbury
 No, we do not. We revere and respect Joseph Smith, just as we revere the other prophets, such as Moses, Noah, and Abraham. We appreciate him for being a worthy instrument in the hands of the Lord, and for restoring the pure gospel of Jesus Christ to mankind. Show more Show less