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Hi I'm Spencer

I am a husband and father. I am a Human Resources professional. I am a Latter-day Saint.

About Me

My wife and two year old keep me busy at home and bring joy and purpose to my life. We have moved around a few times, but are now home owners and we enjoy making improvements to our home. I earned my bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication in 2011. At that time I started a career in Human Resources with a manufacturing company where I have worked for four years. I stay in shape by running and road cycling. My friends and I are big into baseball, I spend my limited spare time watching games or following stats.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up attending the LDS church. I was baptized at 8 years old by my father, who was a convert to the faith at age 19. My mother has a heritage of Mormon pioneers. My parents allowed me to make my own choices, especially as I left for college. I learned a lot from church leaders and other mentors in my youth, but I do not feel I really chose to embrace the religion until my freshman year of college. Forced to choose between immediate academic opportunities or putting that on hold to serve a two-year proselyting mission for the church led me to seek answers from God. It was during this time that my heart softened and changed. I knew that God wanted me to serve a mission, and over the course of several months I received a witness from the Holy Ghost that Christ's original gospel has been restored as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I took that fire with me to Fresno, California, where I worked as hard as I could for two years to bless the lives of God's children. I would say that today I am still in the process of converting to Christ's gospel and becoming more like him. I still have a long way to go, but over the past several years I have had enough encounters with my Father in heaven and with my Savior, Jesus Christ, that my faith in them is immovable. I would also note that many times what led me to pray for answers and to change my life were the words of God's living prophets and apostles. These ordinary men whom God calls to receive his guidance for the church and for the world are very much a concrete element, and reason for, my faith in Christ. Now that I have a family, I am especially grateful for the blessings the restored gospel of Jesus Christ offers to families. We have been sealed together as a family through sacred ordinances received at the Temple and can spend eternity together if we are faithful to our covenants. In other words, knowing I can live with my family forever gives my life a clear direction and purpose.

How I live my faith

The most important way I try to live my faith is in my own home. We read scriptures and pray together every day, which isn't always easy but is worth it. My wife and I also try our best to learn from the scriptures together and pray together to thank God and ask for his help and blessings for our family. This has helped our marriage tremendously and helps us to make inspired decisions for our future. My family practices clean and healthy living (except our insatiable need for ice cream!) I strive my best to keep my commitment to live God's commandments, and repent and strive to do better when I fall short. We like to have fun spending time with people who share our values We are actively involved in our local congregation. We attend church each Sunday starting with our worship service called Sacrament meeting. Afterwards I help administer finances, my wife helps to lead the Relief Society (women's group) and our daughter plays and sings songs in the nursery. We strive to serve God by serving our church family and our neighbors. Our family participates in family history work by researching our ancestors and performing vicarious saving ordinances for them in sacred buildings called Temples. We love to serve in the temple and make a point to visit temples everywhere we travel because of the closeness to God you feel there. As one of Christ's disciples I seek opportunities to serve, teach, and bless as he did. His example influences every part of my life. I want to be like him, and I want others to see him through me. I know He is the Savior of the world and that He lives.