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Hi I'm Spencer

I grew up in the Seattle area. I'm a husband and dad. I'm a graduate student studying Christian History. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in and around Seattle, Washington. I am married and have five kids. I graduated from college with a B.A. in History. Currently I am a graduate student studying Christian History. I enjoy reading dusty old religious texts, writing from my soul, exploring the outdoors, and wrestling with my kids.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager I wanted to know if what my parents believed was the right path for me to follow. They were both Mormon and both passionate about their faith. So I began to ask questions about life and began to study the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I soon found that my life felt different when I immersed myself in scripture. I wanted to be better. And In time I came to realize that Jesus was my Savior. But after making this profound personal discovery the hard times hit. As a teenager I had struggled off and on with depression and anxiety. As I approached my twenties that struggle intensified to the point where I wondered if my life was worth living. I believed that Jesus was my Savior, but I didn't know if I wanted to be saved. The next eight years were a mixture of beauty and sorrow. I met the love of my life and we were married. Our first child was born a year later. They were my reasons for living. Still, I struggled to love myself and I wondered if I mattered. I wondered if there was anything special about me. With my family around me I was committed to living, but I was still living without hope. I had long since abandoned Jesus and His gospel. In time though it would become apparent that He did not abandon me. A couple of years later two missionaries knocked on our door. I had no intentions of being a Mormon, but I decided to hear them out. I told them it was okay if they came back, but not to get their hopes up. So they came back, often just to check up on me. It was the spark I needed. Visiting with them caused me to reflect on the faith of my childhood. I began asking the same questions I asked as a teenager. I again turned to scripture for answers. And I realized that I knew Jesus was my Savior. He was the hope I desperately needed. Through prayer I was reassured that God and Jesus loved me perfectly. That was all I ever wanted. I came to know that I mattered. So why then am I a Mormon? It is simply because Mormonism has given me hope.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ has become a real part of my life. I have come to realize that because Jesus has given me hope, that I need to be there to help others find it too... if that is in fact what they are looking for. I believe that being a Christian means trying your best to love and lift all of those around you, whether that is your family, your neighbors, people you meet at church, work, or school, or even people who pass briefly in and out of our lives. I have realized that I cannot help "everyone," but I can help "someone." And that is how I am trying to learn how to live my life. Admittedly, I stumble. And I am in need of lifting too. But there are so many people who have supported me and have loved me over the years that I know that I have to try my best to do the same. All of us feel broken sometimes. All of us have heartache and sorrow. If I can do my part to help someone find healing, peace, or hope in their life, then I have done something worthwhile. When it comes down to it, the times that I am best living my faith are the times when I manage to stop thinking about myself. It is in these moments when I give someone the best of what I have - a genuine smile, a kind word, a listening ear, my testimony of Jesus - it is in these moments that I feel like I am really living my faith.