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Hi I'm Bryce Spencer

I am a lover of learning, of liberty, and science and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a history buff, political geek, scholar and follower of Christ. I like to read about history, politics ( I am a State Delegate for the Utah GOP) and philosophy. I am passionate about learning and improving myself intellectually. I also enjoy sports (basketball, football and baseball) and classical music. I played the trombone before my mission and I look forward to doing it after my mission. I grew up in Gardnerville, NV and before my mission I lived in Farmington, Utah. I recently returned from a mission in the California Los Angeles Mission. That is the greatest joy of my Currently, I am attending BYU and getting my Doctorate degree in Physics. I wish to either go into nuclear research or be a professor. In the upcoming future, I will be getting married to the woman of my dreams forever. I am excited for this new adventure in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I grew up in the Church, it comes as an imperative duty for each member to learn for him or herself that the Church is true through study and prayer. After mighty prayer as a youth, I KNOW that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's true church. I have seen the Spirit in my life bless me very much and I have felt the Spirit testify of truth to my soul.

How I live my faith

I have served in the Church by serving people my age and also by sharing my beliefs through missionary work. As James tells us in the New Testament, " I will shew thee my faith by my works." I try to follow the Savior's example and that is how I live my faith. Faith is much more than saying that "I believe in God" and then never acting upon it. Faith, if we want it to have saving effect, must have action accompanied with the belief. Therefore, faith is living, active belief.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Bryce Spencer
Naturally. We believe Jesus Christ to be the Only Begotten Son of God. Rather than believing in the Athanasian Creed, which emerged from the heated contentions of churchmen, philosophers, and ecclesiastical dignitaries came to discuss the doctrine of Christianity declared the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost to be abstract, absolute, transcendent, immanent, consubstantial, coeternal, and unknowable, without body, parts, or passions and dwelling outside space and time. Rather than believing in such creeds where God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are not that are 3 separate persons, but are a single being; being distinct persons, yet not three Gods but one; three persons are incomprehensible, yet it is one God who is incomprehensible, we believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. Any person that has made a serious study of the Bible must conclude that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Bryce Spencer
Joseph Smith was the prophet that restored the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was the one that saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ as a 14-year-old youth after his sincere query into which church was true. It is he that translated the Book of Mormon into English and had angelic manifestations restoring God's authority (known as the Priesthood) to the Earth. It was under his direction, as commanded by the Father, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was formally organized on April 6th, 1830. We believe him to be a prophet. We do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God the Eternal Father. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Bryce Spencer
Excellent question. In the Holy Temple, we make sacred covenants (or promises) with Heavenly Father. We promise to obey His commandments and He has promised us that He will give us the greatest blessing of all: life with Him and we can enjoy all of the blessings that He enjoys. Such a thing is not something to be taken lightly. Therefore, obedience to God’s commandments is imperative to enter into the Temple. Even members that have some personal problems aren’t permitted into the Temple until they resolve those problems. For a common person to enter without the proper preparation would be overwhelming and might make them turn away from the truth. The things we do in the Temple aren’t secret but SACRED. We are commanded by the Lord not to discuss in great detail the Temple outside of the Temple due to how sacred these things are. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Bryce Spencer
Of course! We believe the Bible to be the Word of God. However, there are many different interpretations of the Bible that exist and many of them conflict. We use the King James Version as one of our scriptorial canon, along with the Book of Mormon. Note: We don't believe that the Bible, as a book, is infallible, but we believe the message it contains is infallible. It testifies of Jesus Christ and His Messianic role for the entire world. Show more Show less

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

Bryce Spencer
One of my favorite scriptures talks about this very thing. In the Book of Mormon, there is a prophet named Alma conversing with a man that does not believe in God. Alma states that "all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth and all things that are upon the face of it, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." (Alma 30:44) Indeed, EVERYTHING denotes of a loving God that cares about every single person. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Bryce Spencer
Indeed Christ did visit the ancient Americas. In the Gospel of John, Christ, as the Good Shepherd, promised to visit other of the fold of God which were not in Judea (see John 10:16). The Book of Mormon details and records our Savior's visit to the ancient Americans, although the exact spot is not certain. The teachings of the resurrected Lord to His American fold are powerful and moving. He performed many of the same mighty miracles He did in Israel and due to their faith, they were able to behold ever mightier miracles than recorded in the Gospels. Indeed, this account shows that His love is for all of mankind and that He knows us individually. I know the Messiah really did visit them and I know He shall return again. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Bryce Spencer
The family is central to Heavenly Father's plan. It provides a way for a husband and wife to bring more of God's children into the world Since the creation of Adam, the family has been the central unit of society. When a husband and wife love and respect each other, they can raise a family in righteousness and love. Family provides a setting where children can prepare for the experiences of life in a loving enviroment. We know that full joy and happiness in family life can only occur by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Bryce Spencer
Visitors are always welcome at Church worship services. In fact, we love when we have a new face (or faces) in our congregations! Church services are made so everybody can participate in worshiping the Lord. Our main worship service is called Sacrament meeting. Here, local members of the congregation participate by singing hymns together, praying together, partaking of the sacrament (you might better know it as communion or the Last Supper) in remembering the Savior, and hearing speakers from the local congregation talk about their faith and experiences. In addition to sacrament meeting, we also have Sunday School (which is offered for every age starting at 12), Primary (for kids 3 years old to 11 years old), and a nursery for young kids. Here, we learn from the scriptures and we discover how we can best apply the stories and teachings that are in them to our personal lives. We also have meetings to help us understand how we can be better men and women and support one another. For the teenagers, we call this Aaronic Priesthood quorum and Young Women meetings. For adults, we have Priesthood quorum and Relief Society. The best part about all of this is, that it is run by your neighbors and friends. They are happy to help you out and help you feel welcome to our congregation. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Bryce Spencer
I think people who call the Church a 'cult' often do so for one of two reasons: 1. They don't understand what we believe in; or 2. They are trying to discredit and criticize the Church. I think that when people meet with Mormons and learn what we believe in (namely, that Jesus is the Christ and our Savior), those misunderstandings disappear and it turns into appreciation and understanding. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Bryce Spencer
There are a lot of things that help me appreciate why the Church is growing. First, we have the knowledge about our Heavenly Father's eternal plan that gives life meaning and purpose. It gives us eternal identity, purpose and solace to know that God is in control and that knowledge is something that people seek for. A second thing is that we seek to include others. The words of the Savior to "love thy neighbour as thyself" creates a culture within the Church of acceptance, compassion, service and love that attracts people and causes them to say, "I want to be that way." A third reason is that the Lord's servants have declared it to be so. The stone cut without hands that Daniel saw in vision is the Lord's modern Kingdom upon the Earth. The Savior Himself challenged His apostles to go forth and to teach the Gospel to all men everywhere. We live in a time where that is now happening and is possible. Show more Show less