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Hi I'm Spencer

i am short, i have good idea's and bad idea's but i always have fun :) and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am older then 21 and I love the outdoors. I was on the drum line for all 4 years of high school. I was the bass drum. I love to paintball and play with my dog. I like to cook and make stuff to eat. And I love roller coasters. I grew up outside of two small town which are Snowflake and Taylor Arizona. And yes it does snow. I have 3 brothers and 3 little sisters that makes 7 kids in my family, one of my little sisters is no longer with us on this earth but i know that we will be able to see her again. We where raised out in the middle of no ware and we did not have a TV. So we had to make our own entertainment. we all learned how to work and learned how to play. And now that I look back it is a miracle that none of us were ever seriously injured. I can see how God was and is looking out for us through our lives. I was raised in the church, and I gained my testimony over time and through different events that have happen in my life but it didn't come all at once, it came line upon line, step by step and it still continues to come one step at a time.

Why I am a Mormon

In the course of my life God has always been there for my family and me and has protected us. Because of this gospel I know that I can be able to live with my family and can be happy for all eternity. Through this gospel my family has been blessed and comforted. Life has its ups and downs but I know that Jesus is right beside me in all my trials and troubles.

How I live my faith

i have served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. and i am going to continue to learn about our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. i do my best to be like him to do what he would do to say what Christ would say. i don't always do what Christ would do but i try everyday to do it so that i can feel his love, because that is the best way to feel him, is to do what he would do. and i try to actively live what i believe.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

When you invite missionaries into your home they will talk to you about Jesus Christ and how his gospel can bless your life and the life of your family. Then the missionaries will invite you to act on the knowledge that you receive so that you can learn for yourself if the things they are telling you are true and if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only Church that has the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth today. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

What is being a Mormon like? Well we are like everyone else. Except we don't drink alcohol, coffee or tea and don't smoke. We go to church every Sunday or try our best to go. We like to give service and help people out when we are able to. We believe that the powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, after being lawfully wedded as husband and wife. We strive to follow all the commandments that are given from God. We strive to be more like Jesus Christ and do what he would do. Other than that I think we are pretty much the same as everyone else. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Because it was a commandment given along time ago, by God to the prophet Malachi. And like all commandments there is a promise given form God if we keep the law of the tithe. And that is that the windows of heaven will be opened and blessing will be poured out upon us. And there will be so many that we will not have room enough to receive them. And we also know where our donations are going. And that is to help the work of the church move forward, for example money goes to building more church buildings and helps build temples, it pays the bills for the buildings like the power and water bill. helps maintain the buildings. it provides supplies for the church. it also helps with the missionary program. O ya and also no one in the church is paid. So the money is not being pocketed by the guys towards the top. All the people in the church are volunteers, they sacrificing there own time and money to help the church and its members. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

there are NO restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood. all worthy male members of the Church may be ordained to the priesthood without regard for race or color. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

well. baptism is a very improtant step, it is so improtant that someone that has authority from God has to do it. for example. if you are speeding down the road and the ice cream man pulls you over and writes you a ticket. what are you going to do? i would proplbey tell him to get lost or something along those lines. but if a cop pulls you over and he writes you a ticket. what are you going to do? i know i would take the ticket. and why because the cop has been givin that authority by the governemnt to do that. it's the same thing with baptism. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

The relief society is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. It started back in 1842 for women that are 18 years old and up. It was organized to help build faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes and help those in need. And I have seen how much they help, when my family was going through a rough time the relief society was always there. They brought food, helped my mom do things around the house and was there for support. It is truly an organization that was and is inspired by God. Show more Show less

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

Yes it is true that Jesus Christ appeared to the people in the north Americas after his crucifixion and resurrection. if you still have questions you need to do 2 things and they are to read the book of Mormon yourself it talks about Christ coming to the north Americas in the 11th chapter of the 3rd book of Nephi then after you read it pray to our heavenly father in the name of Christ if these things are not true. And if you ask with a sincere heart he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Well if you want to become a member you can click on the little button at the top that says missionaries request. then fill out the info and missionaries will be getting in contact with you shortly. then they will come and teach you about the basics of the gospel of Jesus Christ and they can help you gain a better knowledge of Jesus Christ, his teachings and his church. then when you feel that you are ready you can become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by receiving the ordinance (In the Church, an ordinance is a sacred, formal act performed by the authority of the priesthood) of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins by one having authority who after the baptism lays their hands upon your head, confirms you a member of the Church and then pronounces a blessing upon you that you may receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The purpose of life is to crush your enemies and see them flee before you and hear the lamentations of their women. Jk that's just what Conan the barbarian thinks. But he is WRONG, the REAL purpose of life is given to us by a more reliable source and that is God who is our loving Heavenly Father. He has given a plan called the plan of salvation and in that plan we learn the real purpose of life. And the first part of the plan is to receive a physical body. That one is kind of easy because if you are reading this you have a physical body. So you can check that off the list. The second is to use our agency (which is the ability to choose), so we need to learn to choose between good and evil and we do that by using our agency which God has given us so we can learn and grow. Then the third ties in with the second, which is to learn and gain experience that will help us become more like our Heavenly Father. The forth is to form family relationships that may become eternal. Yes families can be together forever, IF we live righteously and follow Gods commandments. So for example if you our a father and you have a son and if you do what God asks and follow his commandments, your son will always be your son and you will always be his father. Same with husband and wife you will always be husband and wife, same with any member of the family, that is what Christ teaches and that is what His church teaches that families can be together forever. Isn’t that like the GREATEST thing ever? Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Well it is not just by reading the scriptures that you reacive blessing it is also by studying the scriptures that you receive blessing it is by applying them to your life and pondering them learning passages by heart, and as you study the scriptures, prayerfully ask God for understanding and he will grant it to you and the Holy Ghost will let you know the truthfulness of the scriptures you are reading. You will be able to feel Gods love for you and you will grow closer to God and have a better understanding of the scriptures and you will also have a desire to follow him and be closer to him. I have seen this in my own life as I have read and studied the scriptures; I have grown closer to God and have felt his love countless times while I have read the scriptures. It is truly amazing that by just reading the words you can know that it is from God and that he does love you. If you have not yet read the scriptures and pray about them i ask you that you do so and you will better understand what you are reading and I promise you that you will receive an answer that it is true by the power of the Holy Ghost, and you will come closer to God as you read the scriptures and pray about them. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

A prophet from the book of Mormon taught that faith is like a seed. And what do you do with a seed, well you plant it, then you water it and nourish it and help it grow, you watch it everyday and slowly it starts to grow. So by following these steps we can grow our faith, the first step is to do something it is an action you need to plant the seed, you can do this by starting small like reading the scriptures, praying and going to church. And the great thing is that is how you nourish it too, if you are always doing something with your faith if you are using it by trusting in Jesus Christ then your faith will grow. It’s that simple. It maybe hard at first to start doing those things and it maybe hard to keep doing them but it is like gardening you have to be patient and believe that the seed you planted will grow. And if you do this it will grow and your faith will be firm and you must always be building up your faith, by reading the scriptures and going to church and praying. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

If Mormons only helped Mormons, that wouldn't be very Christ like, now would it. Jesus said love everyone. The Mormon Church has donated over $1 billion in cash and material assistance to well over 100 different countries. That are in need of humanitarian aid. And that is since it started to keep track back in the mid-80's. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church) has always helped people from the very beginning. It is what we do, we serve others. We have been taught to feed the hungry, cloth the naked, help provide for the widows, help the orphans and comfort the afflicted. It doesn’t matter if they are in the church in another church or in no church at all. We help them all because we are all Gods children and it is what Jesus would do. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

well alot of it comes from members paying tithing. and tithing is a ancient law given by God to his children, it states that we are to pay a tithe to the lord, and if you do that he will "open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." (Malachi 3:10) and it is true i have tested it out and i have been blessed, both spiritual and physical. so that's how the church operates most of the money is donated and then it is sent to where it is needed. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

a ward is a division or district of a city or town, as for administrative or political purposes. a stake is a piece of wood that is sharpened at one end and a branch is a tree limb...just kidding okay so the local congregations are ether called a ward or a branch (the branch is a smaller congregation) they cover a certain area that has been laid out geographically. and the members go to the church building that is closer to them. and the great thing about it is no matter where you go in the world everyone is taught the same, they all get the same lessons from the same manual. isn't that just awesome. so for example if you lived in new york and moved to organ the church is the same and it's teaching the same thing. so the spiritual leader that is over the ward is called a bishop and the one that is over the branch is called a branch president. and so now a stake is made up of wards and branches. the term is not found in the new testament but is taken from the old testament tent imagery in which the “tent,” or church, is held up by supporting stakes (see Isaiah 54:2). so the ward or branch is a place where we help up lift each other and help each other out, we mourn with those that mourn, comfort those that stand in need of comfort. it's like having a bigger family. but we need to always remember that the people in the ward/branch are still people. and that no one is perfect. and people mess up from time to time. but it's not the churches fault it's just people being people. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

so the reason why a restoration of the gospel was needed was because of a general falling away form the truth which occurred after the death of Christ's Apostles, and that happen because that authority that Christ gave his Apostles was lost. so after they were killed and that authority was lost the church which Christ established was gone, for example lets say that Christs church is a glass table and the Apostles are the legs that hold it up, so when you take out all the legs of the table it falls to the ground and shatters, but there were many good people that still wanted to follow God so they took the pieces that they could and did the best they could. and they would start a church and then someone wouldn't like the way they did one thing or the other and start there own church with the truth that they had. and that's why there are so many churches. and there was just more and more pieces lost so there needed to be a restitution of all things like it says in Acts 3. so the years went on and the true church was still not found, until one day a boy in the year 1820 wanted to know what church was right he wanted to know what church was Christ church. and so he read the bible and found a scripture James 1:5 that says if anyone lacks wisdom to ask God. so he did and he received a answer from God, and through Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ restored His church and He has continued to reveal truths to His prophets and to restore the blessings that were taken from the earth for a time. Show more Show less