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Hi I'm Spencer

I do IT work. I love being outdoors. Our family just moved to upstate New York, and we're Mormons.

About Me

My wife and I are in the odd situation that we placed a child for adoption through Family Services prior to deciding to marry. We wanted the child to have as many opportunities as possible, and knew people getting married just for the baby, wasn't the best option for our son. The next year, we had married, but I had made poor choices in other areas of my life that landed me a felony and knew it was going to limit my possibilities in career and life, but I wasn't going to let it get me down. Don't get me wrong, there were days I didn't want to continue. But over a decade, I made life changes. My amazing, strong wife stuck by my side and was my biggest cheerleader. I went to school and got an Associate's Degree in IT. I waited tables to pay the bills in between jobs. I was grateful my father taught me a good work ethic. When we chose to let Christ into our family is when the biggest changes started happening. Being born into a religion doesn't automatically grant you anything, you still have to learn to come unto Christ just the same. 18 years into our marriage, we have 6 kids at home and we've just been relocated to upstate NY for work. After not being in contact with the son we placed for adoption, we were able to connect with him again after he turned 18. What a blessing it was to know that his parents raised him so well. He is leaving on his mission soon and we are so grateful to be a small part of it.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because my testimony tells me that I am a child of God. Jesus Christ is my oldest brother. The Priesthood has been restored to the earth through his modern-day Prophets. I have been to the Lord's temple and have felt of his love for me in ways I cannot put into words. There have been feelings, impressions, and thoughts throughout my life, in the temple and at other times of need, that have led me to conclude that there is no possible way there is no God. There has been times in my life that the curtain between this life and the next has been very thin and I have felt things I cannot deny. I also know Lucifer is real, and works relentlessly to try to make us miserable like him. This is why I am a Mormon. I love to see my children's faces as they learn to feel of Christ's love for them, and to feel the influence of the Holy Ghost in their lives. Our activity in the LDS Chruch as helped us teach that in our homes. I love that Mormons focus so much on families and how they are a fundamental unit that God established. I love the continuity that the church has. When we moved from Idaho to New York, we were able to go to services that next Sunday, and be warmly and happily welcomed to our new congregation. The lessons were the same, so we didn't miss a beat. As God's children, He loves us and always wants to bless us. However He knows that the best way to learn is by learning from mistakes. That is why we are allowed to suffer, either from our own actions, or by others actions against us. It may not seem fair, but that is why He provided a Savior. Christ suffered for much more than our sins in Gethsemane and on the cross. He felt our our joys and sorrows. This allows him to comfort us in ways we will never understand, unless we look to Him and let Him heal us. His burden is easy. It may, at times, still feel like a burden to our weak spirits, but it is infinitely easier than if we were to try and do it alone. It cannot be done alone. Only through Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by letting my light shine through my actions. I've always considered myself very easy to get along with, and have been told that many times. I love to listen to people and make new friends. Christ has taught us to love one another and to serve our fellow men. I've been blessed enough to work with finances in our local congregation a few years back. It was so humbling to see the faith of others as they honestly paid a tithe and then fasted for blessings when I knew a small piece of their situation. Because I never shared information about these acts of faith, these people still don't know how much they helped my testimony of faith and trusting the Lord at all times. I love the opportunity to serve in the Bishop's Storehouse and at the Church's Orchard. I'm not one that likes to sweat, but the best workout and sweat is when harvesting fruit for families that are in humble physical situations. Having been on the receiving end myself, it is so wonderful to give back and bless the lives of others. I have also had the opportunity to serve in the leadership of the Men's group (Elder's Quorum). It was shortly after I started attending church again after not participating in services for several years. I was very surprised that I was asked, specially with my tarnished history. But as I prayed about it, I came to understand it was what the Lord wanted of me at that point. I tried my best to do my assignments, and was surprised at how quickly and easily I came to love the other guys in the Quorum. Currently, I teach lessons in the Elder's Quorum. Some might think it's 'lesser' than working with finances, or being in leadership, but I know it's where I need to be. I know I learn more when I'm teaching than in other callings. The Spirit reaches out to me and touches my heart through the conversations we have in Quorum meetings.