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Hi I'm Spence

I work as an Emergency Physician at an academic hospital and when not at work, love spending time with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up a Mormon in a predominately LDS community. That isn't to say that I have spent my whole life around those with similar thoughts and beliefs. I have had the fortune of living around the country as I've trained as a physician and traveled the world for business and school. I love the diversity of the world's cultures, faiths, and philosophies. I have three children and have tried hard to expose them to these great people and experiences. We love to travel. We love the outdoors, camping, boating, and hiking. We like to take life slow and enjoy our family, neighbors, and friends. We have strong family traditions, ties to the community, and try to live with Christian values. As a profession, I am an Emergency Physician at an academic hospital where I have the opportunity to be around others, often at their worst, in their greatest time of need. It is a privilege to be able to use my training to help comfort and heal. I was trained in western medicine and science and feel very comfortable fusing it with my faith. I have an interest in Disaster Medicine and Tactical Medicine. I love to read, paint, and spend time outdoors. I also volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. I try to balance all of these things with my responsibility and joy as a father.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because happiness is my truth. I have had several trials, temptations, and opportunities to test my faith. There have been times in my life when I have felt distant form my Heavenly Father and have concerned myself too much with things of the world. During those times I have struggles to find happiness, peace, and anything more then temporary respite from worries. There has been other times when I have tried to be close to my Heavenly Father through prayer, fasting, righteous living and reading the scriptures. In doing so, I have found true peace, not as the world giveth, but as only the Lord can provide. I have prayed to God and sought peace and answers through His Spirit and have been overcome with joy and enlightenment that I knew could not just come from myself. I know He guides me. He has rescued me through the sacrifice of His son. I know there are those that question the church and find fault with its teachings. Many close to me seek reasons to discount the truth restored through Joseph Smith stating that if they can find but one fault, however probable, it must not be true and the joy and happiness it brings, rejected. I would argue that the incredible happiness, peace, and joy it brings is so great, that if there is but even one possible explanation, it is worth exploring and I can move forward, with faith, asking our Father in Heaven to verify it's truth. I have. I have found my answers. I am at peace with what I have come to know as truth. I know Christ has paid the ultimate price for my sins. I know He lives, and that through Him, I will live again. I strive to be worthy of His great blessings as I feel so blessed to have His gospel in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many ways. Mostly, I try and incorporate my love for Christ into the way I treat others. I believe in integrity, honesty, and serving others. Within the structure of the Church, I prepare and lead a discussion Christ-based principles for a group of men once a month on Sunday. Of course, I learn more by doing so than I could ever impart to others. This gives me a chance to share my testimony of the Savior and grow by those shared by others as we discuss how to apply what we believe. I also work with the young men of the neighborhood in the structure of the Boy Scouts of America where I can meld my love for the outdoors with teaching and raising strong, responsible, young men. I also try and spend time getting to know my neighbors, being aware of their needs and reaching out to those who might need help regardless of their background as Christ has encouraged. Within the LDS faith, we have temples--special buildings were wonderful blessings are bestowed upon the faithful and those we love. I am lucky enough to live close to a temple and try regularly to spend time within, drawing close to my Savior and learning more about Him through His Spirit. This has brought me great joy as it has helped me put my time on Earth in perspective. It has helped me understand the divine nature of those I help at work in the hospital, the great responsibility I have as a father and husband, and the great love my Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ have for me. It has helped me realize what is eternally important and what is simply a temporary earthly trial. I know my Father in Heaven hears and answers prayers. There is great peace in reaching out to God with a humble and sincere heart, turning your life over to Him and trusting Him. I know that His love has guided me. He has a plan for each of us. He knows our strengths and weaknesses and what we need in order to be able to live in such a way that, that through Christ's sacrifice, we can return to Him.