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Hi I'm Spencer

I'm a financial analyst, a world traveler, a volunteer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 25 years old and recently graduated from college with a degree in finance. I grew up mostly in the Midwest but have lived a number of years in the West and on the East coast. I am the oldest of four children. I served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Novosibirsk, Russia and I don't enjoy the cold. I love traveling and have studied the Farsi, Russian, and Spanish languages. I love being active whether its playing a game of pick up basketball, sand volleyball, or roller hockey, hiking in the mountains or trying to stand on a surfboard for a few seconds. I also love spending quality time with my family playing games, watching movies, discussing what stocks we think are worth investing in, and going to sporting events.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it brings me hope in the future, comfort in the present, and a greater understanding of the past. I am a Mormon because it teaches me who I am and where I come from. Simply, I am a Mormon because it brings me great joy!

How I live my faith

A prophet in the Book of Mormon said, "For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?" And Jesus Christ taught, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." One of the core attributes of our faith is charity. I try to live each day by helping those around me. Simple acts of kindness and friendship done over a lifetime bring us closer to knowing our Savior Jesus Christ. I enjoy volunteering my time and efforts to good causes. Over the years I have volunteered for a number of different organizations and in a number of different capacities. Some of my favorite volunteer experiences include being a camp counselor at a camp for kids battling cancer, an afternoon sports club leader for elementary school kids, and an organizer of a 10K run for cancer research. I also live my faith by following the counsel of our Church leaders to pray often and spend time reading the scriptures each day. Following their teachings has brought me added measures of comfort, peace, and confidence in my daily activities.   

What is being a Mormon like?

Spencer
Being a member of the Mormon Church is like being a local of a big city. Everyday strangers from out of town stop you to ask for directions. As a member of the Church you are blessed with added direction in your life. You know where you are from, where you are going, and why you are here. Church members are not promised easier lives after they join. They continue to face trials, disappointments, disasters, accomplishments, and successes like everyone else. But they face these experiences with greater understanding and greater meaning. As a member of the Church you have an extended network of friends no matter where you go. My family moved away from our extended family when I was five years old. We lived thousands of miles away from everything or anyone we knew. We learned very quickly that as members of the Church we have “family” wherever we go. Every time we moved to a new place we had an immediate network of friends that lived the gospel teachings and were willing to lend a helping hand. We learned that although the people are always different, the Church is the same no matter where in the world you go. That is one of the great things about the Mormon Church. Over the years, I have talked with many other people who have had similar experiences to mine. They all agree that the Church is the same whether you’re in Salt Lake City, UT, on the island of Samoa, in the jungle of Brazil, or the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, Russia.  Show more Show less