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Hi I'm Spencer

I working on a PhD in neuroscience and am fascinated by the power of the mind. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a PhD student studying Neuroscience. I'm currently involved in using MRI to research the cognitive foundations of smoking addiction. I'm passionate about teaching and would love to teach college-level neuroscience. I'm 26 years old and am married to wonderful wife. We are obsessed with our new baby daughter. I served a full-time mission to the Netherlands and Belgium. I love Europe! I enjoy singing, camping, and traveling.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have learned for myself that this is the path that will bring me the most joy in this life and in the life to come. I've come to know this because of a number of things. I've been taught by my parents since my early childhood about our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ and how they love us and have put is on this earth for a purpose. I've also been taught that the gospel of Jesus Christ, his instructions to us for how we can receive forgiveness for our mistakes and become better people and the processes

How I live my faith

I currently attend a ward (congregation) of the church here at my school that is made up of and specialized for young single adults. We're provided with and invited to participate in a number of fun and uplifting activities throughout the week to get to know one another and to strengthen each others' faith. As a member of the ward, I try to participate as much as I can in these activities and get to know the other members better. I know that this helps to create a spirit of unity. I am assigned to visit 6 members of the ward, together with another member, at least once a month, which is referred to as 'home teaching.' We share a brief uplifting message with them and, most importantly, find out how they are doing and whether they have any special needs or concerns that we or the other ward members can help them with. My roommates and I also receive such visits each month from the two young men assigned as our home teachers. I have fond memories of receiving home teaching visits when I was young and I enjoy fulfilling this assignment now. It really helps the ward feel like a family while my real family is distant. Outside of my official assignments, I also try to contribute to our ward family by singing in the ward choir, speaking in our Sunday services when I get the opportunity, participating in discussions in scripture study classes, and making friends with as many people as I can.

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

As an aspiring scientist, I have had opportunities in my studies to learn about some of the miracles of the natural world, particularly in the human body. The ability of the body to regulate and heal itself, grow, and reproduce is nothing short of miraculous. The more that I learn about the intricacies of the human body, the more I'm convinced that there is a purpose and method to the manner in which it is constructed. I know for myself through study and prayer that there is a God, but the evidences I see in the world around me help to reinforce that testimony. Although at it may sometimes appear that science and faith are two diverging paths that one could follow, I believe that scientific truth and religious truth can coincide perfectly with each other. If there is conflict in information between the two, I am confident that as more scientific knowledge is uncovered (and we've barely scratched the surface, in my opinion) these conflicts will be resolved. Show more Show less