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Hi I'm Spencer

I love sports. I'm learning Chinese. I'm a college student, an older brother, and a Mormon.

About Me

I love sports, music, friends, and learning new things. I worked in a restaurant for several years and now mentor new students at my college. Education is important to me, and I love learning about world cultures. I am currently learning Mandarin Chinese, and hope to pursue a career in international business. I especially enjoy playing competitive ultimate Frisbee and ping pong. I try to live life with a can-do attitude. I believe God wants us to live happy, fulfilling, balanced lives. My faith is the center of all that I do, and it's what motivates me. The academic, physical, financial, vocational, and recreational parts of my life all fall into place when I make my spiritual life my top priority and let it influence everything else. One of my favorite Book of Mormon scriptures says: "For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?" (Mosiah 4:19) I believe everything I have is from God, and that everyone I meet is my brother or sister. God has a plan for each of us, and part of our purpose here in life is to serve, befriend, lift, and love others. I'm thankful for a Savior who paid for my redemption, making it possible for me to become free from my sins, pains, frustrations, and weaknesses. My goal is to live my life the way he would.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that God has restored his church on the earth in our time, and that that church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I believe God speaks today through his living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, just like he spoke to prophets in ancient times. I feel secure in the knowledge that following God's commandments brings ultimate happiness, and that the struggles and frustrations of life have a greater purpose.

How I live my faith

I spent two years as a full-time missionary in Washington DC, where I walked/biked around the streets talking to people about our Savior Jesus Christ and what He has done for us. As a college student, I have had many different responsibilities in my congregation, from leading weekly church meetings to organizing activities to teaching a youth class. Right now my wife and I teach/play with the 1-3 year olds in our congregation, which is quite the adventure! Aside from these things, I feel like I live my faith best when I take time to listen to people, look for opportunities to serve when I'm not asked, and show love to people around me. The structured activities I participate in give me lots of opportunities to do these things, and that's what makes them fulfilling.

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

No. Having lived in Washington DC for two years, I have good friends in the Church from all over the political spectrum. We share a common belief that civic involvement is important, and that we should support candidates of high character and values. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

The original Christian gospel was taught by men in the original Christian church who held authority and acted under the direction of Christ and His twelve apostles. Such doctrines and ordinances as repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and God's eternal plan were taught with clarity. The apostles kept "unity of faith" by writing letters to the various congregations, correcting improper practices that inevitably arose in groups of imperfect people. Sadly, the twelve apostles were scattered and killed off after the death of Christ. Just as any organization will do if all its leadership crumbles without being replaced, the doctrines and practices began to change as men decided official doctrines by their own wisdom, rather than by God's revealed will. Just look at the thousands of Christian denominations around the world today and you can see discrepancies in doctrine, based on differing human preferences and lots of mistranslations and omissions in the Bible. A Restoration of the complete truth was needed, and when the world was prepared, God reached out and called Joseph Smith to bring back these simple doctrines of salvation. Show more Show less