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Hi I'm Spencer

I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in a homeschooling family. I am the second of eight children. I love art and sports. Throughout high-school I switched schools every year so I could take the college level classes at the different locations, as well as attending the University during the summers. I graduated from high-school with an Associate's degree. So, what do I like to do? I unicycle, juggle, invent things, and play basketball, volleyball, baseball, racquetball, run...I love music, and am teaching myself piano, guitar, ukelele, harmonica, jaw harp, kazoo, and violin...I wouldn't say that I am really good at any of them, but they are fun. My goal for the last five years has been to work in the film industry...namely in computer animation. So right now I am trying to get registered to study for that. I have always been amazed while watching movies...that they can make these illusions on the big screen that people fall for, and are entertained. I love that. I want to work in a place where I can be creative and entertain others.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I am a Mormon because quite a few of my great great great great grandparents were taught the restored gospel over in Europe. They came over with the pioneers. I Think my testimony started developing when I was about four years old. I remember going to church and hearing people talk about Jesus, and I always got a real peaceful feeling when they did. Later I learned that this was the holy spirit teaching me that Jesus is my savior. I got baptized and received the gift of the holy ghost at the age of 8. Ans since have had many experiences when the spirit has helped me make choices, or comforted me when I needed it. So, growing up people would talk about the Book of Mormon and say, "you should read it and pray to know if it is true." And up 'til I was 16 I had tried it several times, but had never really felt like I had a real strong answer. I knew already that the principles taught in it were true, from experiences I had had, but I felt like I needed a stronger answer. The promise at the end of the Book of Mormon states that we need to have faith in Jesus Christ, a real intention, and a desire to know. Well, when I was 16 years old, I was really thinking about what my goals should be for the next five, ten years of my life, and one of them was to serve a two-year mission for the church. At this time I was in a community choir that did a tour every year...this particular year we went on a church history tour to see the sacred sites where the church was restored. We were at the sacred grove, which is where the Prophet Joseph Smith had his first vision of God and his son Jesus Christ. One of the choir directors suggested that people take time to meditate and pray. I walked around and found a bench where I could be alone, and I prayed. This time I felt something envelope my whole being. It was so strong that I just sat there and cried. In many of the other sites I felt that same feeling. I know that the church is true!

How I live my faith

Since I was twelve years old, I have always been asked to serve in leadership positions. In the church, the young men are organized into groups or quorums. 12-13, 14-15, and 16-18. I had the opportunity to have positions where I could be an example for those who maybe had a harder time following the church principles. I have seen quite a few of my friends go down the wrong paths and end up being miserable. There is no greater joyful feeling than seeing one of them come back, make the corrections that they need to, and repent. I know that the atonement (the suffering, death, and resurrection) of Christ is real. He paid for our mistakes and weaknesses, and made it possible for us to change and become more like him. Recently, I returned from a two year mission to the south of France. That was a great learning experience. I saw miracles often, and many people who were able to break the norm and make small changes in their lives, and they are happier because of it. God cares about every single person and wants us to be happy. He gives us commandments they same way that a loving Earthly parent would to his child. When we do what God asks of us, he promises to bless us. I know that this principle is true because I see what happens to people who do not keep the commandments. And when I do what I know to be right, my life goes better, and I find that I am happier. Happiness is gift from God. True happiness that is. A happiness that will last.