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Hi I'm Spencer

I am a traveler, a musician, a reader and a scholar. I love sports and being outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 21 years old and am the third of six children in my family. I'm kind of a math geek, though I much prefer the social sciences. As such I chose to combine my two academic interests as best I could and became a student of economics. I am currently serving a full-time mission in California, but will be attending Brigham Young University in Utah when I return home. I am a sports fanatic who really enjoys college football. I love the outdoors, especially when I'm with my family and friends. I play the viola, violin, piano and mandolin, anad I love to sing.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon not because my parents or anyone else makes me, but because I choose to be. I grew up under the tutelage of loving parents and at the age of eight I made the choice to be baptized. I have a strong a testimony of Jesus Christ and His gospel. My dedication to the gospel and the Church cannot be traced back to a singular event. Rather, my testimony developed the same way my knowledge has: line upon line, piece by piece over time. My testimony has grown as I have allowed myself to listen to parents, leaders, and teachers and to the Holy Ghost. I know that Jesus Christ came to the earth to sacrifice Himself that we may be saved from sin. I know that He rose from the grave and that he lives today. I know that Joseph Smith was called of God to bring forth the gospel in this day and age, this dispensation of the fullness of times. I know that Christ's atonement is available to all, regardless of condition or circumstance, and I have been blessed to partake of it in my life. I know that He will come again in glory and that, if I am worthy, I can live with Him for eternity.

How I live my faith

In the past I have served in the church as a teacher for the group of 9-10 year olds in my ward, or congregation. As a full-time missionary, I spend my days sharing the gospel with the people of northern California. We teach people who are interested in our message, as well as those who are already members of our church. We teach others about Jesus Christ and His gospel. We teach of faith, repentance, and keeping the commandments of God. We often are blessed with the opportunity to provide service to those we meet here, which is one of my favorite parts of being a full-time missionary.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Spencer
Of course not! As children of our Heavenly Father, it is our responsibility to serve others, regardless of their own beliefs. In accordance with the teachings of the Savior Jesus Christ, it is our duty to aid all people. For that reason the Church is heavily involved in international efforts to provide assistance to disaster victims. As a missionary, my duty and the duty of other missionaries like me is to serve those not of our faith. Again, all this is done out of a spirit of service to all men and women everywhere. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Spencer
We believe in the Bible for the same reason that we believe in the Book of Mormon - because it is the word of God, written over time by prophets, given to bless us as individuals and as families. It shares the stories of hundreds of people, from Adam to Noah to Jonah to Jesus Christ and His apostles, and shows how the gospel of Jesus Christ blessed them and how it can bless us too. If one wishes to know whether or not the Bible is the word of God, they ought to do as James directs, and "ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." (James 1:5, New Testament) The Bible and the Book of Mormon teach and testify of Jesus Christ and can help us come closer to Him and our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less