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Hi I'm Spencer Mackay

I'm a designer and artist. I'm a family man and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, father of 5 and grandfather of 18. I'm an industrial designer by profession and I love "plein air" watercolor painting and backpacking when I can make the time. I've been blessed to visit many parts of the world through my job and love to meet new people and cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a believing Mormon home and taught by wonderful parents, as a teenager, I needed to know for myself that God loved me and had restored his true Church in our days through a prophet. After studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon and praying for a witness from God, I received an answer in the form of a strong confirmation in my heart that the true gospel of Jesus Christ had indeed been restored in our day and that God had again called prophets in our day to lead us. I was blessed to be called on a 2 year mission to Germany (which I had prepared and saved for) as a young man and that experience, while challenging, served to strengthen that conviction. After my mission, I met a wonderful young woman and we were married while I was in my last semester of design school. As my wife and I have brought our 5 children into the world (one child and then 2 sets of twins, all in three years) and faced the challenges of raising them in a world where negative influences are all around, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been a great strength and resource to us. The restored truths in the gospel of Jesus Christ continue to give my life perspective, direction and purpose and bring me great joy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others in church callings and wherever I can see an opportunity to help someone in need. I try to be a good neighbor and friend to those in our neighborhood regardless of their religious views and have developed many wonderful firendships. My wife and I have taught classes on strengthening marriage to other couples working to improve their marriages. We regard Sunday as a special day where we avoid the typical labors of the week and spend time together as a couple and with our family. We attend church meetings where we sometimes have opportunity to prepare and give a talk or sermon to the congregation or teach a small class. Because we have an unpaid clergy, we all take turns leading, teaching, cleaning the chapel and looking after each other. I love the fact that a person can serve for several years as the leader of the congregation and then be released from that responsibility to serve as a Scoutmaster or teacher of the 3 year olds. Even the young people have church responsibilites that help them grow and gain new experiences. We often visit our children and their families on Sunday and enjoy strengthening those relationships. My wife and I read the scriptures together each evening and discuss and share our feelings about what we have read. We pray together morning and evening as a couple for guidance and inspiration as we face our challenges and opportunities.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Spencer Mackay
Families are the fundamental unit of society. In our families we learn to love and serve each other, develop responsibility and character that will help us deal with the challenges that life will throw at us. Families should be a safe nurturing place where children can be brought into the world, loved and cared for. The government or school system is no substitute for a strong and loving family. Families are central to God's plan for his children. Although we cannot choose the circumstances of our birth and sometimes family situations are not ideal, we need to choose to make our families stronger and happier. Mormons believe that individuals can return to the presence of God after this life and live with him and that families can be eternal as well. Our family relationships can survive beyond mortality if we live righteously. Show more Show less