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Hi I'm Spencer Siebach

I'm a college student, a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello! My name is Spencer. I am a missionary serving in the China Hong Kong Cantonese speaking mission from May 2012-May 2014. I attended Brigham Young University for one year during the 2011-2012 school year. I was very involved in my high school and was a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, a school spirit organization called "Crew", my school show choir "Encore", as well as my school's Varsity mixed choir "Chorale." At BYU I was involved in the Men's Chorus and studied Civil Engineering and Chinese. I enjoy many things including skiing, hiking, mountain biking, boating, and just having a plain old good time! I also move quite a bit. I have lived in such places as South Carolina, Massachusetts, Illinois, Utah, Japan, and most recently my family lives in Texas. I am so happy to now be serving my Savior and the people of Hong Kong.

Why I am a Mormon

 I have been blessed to have grown up in the faith. I have ancestors who were on the first wagon train to leave for Utah, as well as ancestors who were among the first members to be baptized in Germany. I choose to continue living my faith because of the strength and purpose that it gives to my life. Many of my non-member friends think that it is silly that I wake every morning before school for seminary, but I see it as a blessing that can help me start my day off right.  I was baptized at eight years old but was not "converted" until 6 years later in 2005 when my family was relocated from Tokyo, Japan to Utah. I was starting middle school and was having many personal trials as well as having a hard time making and keeping friends. I was reading one day in Doctrine and Covenants 112 verse 10, which says, "Be thou humble and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers." At the time I was very bitter towards the Lord and my family for having moved me for the 12th time in my short life. I read that scripture and immediately the Spirit came over me and testified to me of the truthfulness of the passage. I then knelt down and poured out my problems to my Heavenly Father. He helped and sustained me through the trials that were around me at that time. I have since then had many more experiences that have strengthened my faith in my Savior and his plan for me. It is because of these spiritual experiences that I am a Mormon. I testify that I know that if we will humbly go to the Lord he will lead us and help us in every worthy aspect of our lives.

How I live my faith

 In recent years there have been many opportunities for me to demonstate how I live my faith. I believe that living my faith is a daily thing. Every day I strive to read the scriptures and pray personally and with my family. As I mentioned earlier I also attend seminary every morning before school. This is an early morning Scripture Study class that I choose to go to from 630 to 730 each morning before my school day begins. One thing that I really try to do is sing uplifting songs. Because I am in two choirs at school I have ample opportunity to sing every day. When I sing of my Savior's love I feel the Spirit and at peace. Recently I was in a choir concert in which I had the opportunity to sing a prelude to a couple hundred people. I took this opportunity to sing a church hymn titled, "Be Still, My Soul". The spirit manifests itself to me when I am singing. Other ways that I live my faith is the way that I act with others in and out of school. I try to be example of what Christ would do. For me this could mean serving others, being a friend, helping someone in need, or picking up stray trash. Inside of church I have had many responsibilites and instances to live my faith. Every year or so I get the opportunity to prepare a talk to present in church services on Sundays. I have also been a Youth leader to 12 through 18 year old boys. Once a month I go with another man in my congregation and we go and visit families from the congregation and prepare a short Gospel-related lesson and offer to serve in any way. We call this practice "Home Teaching" and it is a great blessing in my life as well as in the lives of those we can offer service for.

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

Spencer Siebach
 We do believe that the Bible is scripture as well. When Joseph Smith was alive he wrote down 13 Fundamental Ideas of Mormonism or 13 "Articles of Faith". The 8th of these articles reads, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God."   Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Spencer Siebach
In recent years Church leaders have really pushed for members to have sufficient food storage and adequate provisions in case of an emergency. One reason for this is that if we are prepared we can take care of ourselves. Another reason is that when we are prepared we can then go out in the event of an emergency and help others that are not so fortunate. There is a principle that if we are prepared we shall not fear. Show more Show less