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Hi I'm Spencer

I drink milk like there’s no tomorrow, run everywhere I go, and get excited about all-things-medical. I'm proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

Life is full of so many amazing things, and I like to try as many of them as physically possible. Meeting people, traveling, trying new foods, and learning are definitely at the top of my list; if only I had a little bit more time and a whole lot more money... I've lived in four very different parts of the country within the last eight years of my life, but most recently I graduated from Brigham Young University and am on my way to medical school. And I'm loving every minute of it. When I’m not in the library, I also love running, kayaking, photography, volleyball, cooking, and trying to grow random plants. But most importantly, I believe in a God that has a plan for each one of us, and I know from personal experience that the more we involve Him in our lives, the happier we become.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation around which the rest of my life is centered. There is nothing more important to me than knowing that I am a son of God, and that my Father in Heaven hears and answers my every prayer. I know that He wants me to be happy, and has provided a plan that enables us—despite our many imperfections—to return to live with Him again. That’s where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints comes in. The doctrines and teachings of Jesus Christ have been scattered and diluted throughout the centuries following His death, and the authority to act in the name of the Almighty was lost. But did God intend to leave us—His children—in darkness and confusion? Has He ceased to speak to us today, because His love or His power is somehow different than in times past? The answer is a resounding NO. There were many great reformers who prepared the way for a 'restoration in all things,' as spoken of by Paul in Acts 3. When the young farm boy Joseph Smith sought for truth in the spring of 1820, he retired to a small grove of trees and began to pour out his heart in prayer. Imagine his astonishment when God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared in person before him! Throughout the coming years Joseph was called to be the prophet of this great restoration, and to establish once again the very church and teachings of Jesus Christ on the earth. This church is not another attempt at reformation, but rather represents a complete restoration of the truth and a return of the literal priesthood of God. Could there be a more incredible message? Through diligent study and prayer, I know for myself that these things are true and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is all that it claims to be. This is why I’m a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Faith in Jesus Christ is my anchor in an ever-changing world. It is a part of my identity, inseparable from who I really am. A true believer does not make excuses, cut corners, or look for the easy way out. If I believe in Christ, than I must live my life each day so that I’m a little bit closer to Him than I was before. When it’s all said and done, what else really matters?

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Spencer
Salvation is only possible through the atoning blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Even though mankind has incredible potential as the literal offspring of God, we are deeply imperfect and must rely wholly upon Christ to free us from the clutches of sin and death. The Book of Mormon prophet Aaron taught: “since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself; but the sufferings and death of Christ atone for their sins, through faith and repentance” [Alma 22:14]. This is the key. The Savior has done his part, now we must do ours by continually seeking forgiveness and striving to exercise faith. A disciple of Christ will not be content with words alone—those who truly love him will keep his commandments. [See John 14:15] We will certainly fall short time and time again, but through the grace of mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ we can be made clean. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Spencer
God knows each and every one of us individually, and more importantly, he loves us beyond our abilities to comprehend. We are his children, and as such we are his greatest interest. Because of this love for us, he has provided a plan that enables us to come to earth, gain a physical body, and increase in our knowledge and experiences so that we may become more like him. God himself has informed us through the prophet Joseph Smith: “This is my work and my glory; to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” [Moses 1:39]. There is nothing that brings him more joy than watching his children grow, progress, and choose to serve one another. He is not so interested in what we profess to believe, how much money we donate, or what sort of accomplishments we have to our name; he cares about who we are becoming, and with his help there is no limit to what we can do. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Spencer
Several hundred years before Christ, a righteous prophet named Lehi and his family were led by the Lord out of Jerusalem and across the ocean to the American continent. His descendants grew and prospered in the land, and they too kept a record of the many ancient prophesies foretelling the birth of Jesus Christ and documenting his teachings. This record became what we now call The Book of Mormon. Since God is the creator of the whole world and loves all of his children equally, it makes sense that he also wanted the American inhabitants to know about his doctrines and teachings. After Christ completed his Biblical ministry he appeared to these people as recorded in the Book of Mormon and proclaimed the same doctrine, gospel, and glad tidings that he shared with his disciples on the other side of the world. 3 Nephi 15: 21 is a counterpart to the Biblical John 10:16 as Christ tells the American inhabitants: “ye are they of whom I said: Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” What a blessing it is to have multiple testaments of Jesus Christ that will each help us come to know and love him better! I testify that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and I urge every truth-seeking individual to carefully study its pages and then ask the Lord for yourselves. He who hears and answers our prayers will certainly verify his own works. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Spencer
We are led and directed by a prophet in our day just as was ancient Israel in the Bible. Some argue that the need for a prophet is past now that we have ready access to the words of Christ and many former prophets in the scriptures. While it's true that their teachings provide the greater foundation of Christian doctrine, they are not the end-all solution to our problems. The interpretation and application of the doctrine into our daily lives is still a formidable concern. The same passages of scripture may be interpreted so differently among the different churches—or even between clergy within the same church—that significant confusion and strife often result in spite of our legitimate attempts to adhere to the word of God. Moreover, it would be brash for man to limit the word of God by saying that we already have "enough." Just be He spoke to our fathers thousands of years ago does not mean that we have no need for future instruction. Imagine how incomplete our canon of scripture would be if Paul never penned his epistles because he considered the four gospels to be sufficient; or if the books of Samuel, Daniel, Esther, or Psalms were never written because the early prophets determined that the Law of Moses was adequate for their needs! God will never cease to speak with us because we still desperately need Him, and His love and His power are the same yesterday, today, and forever. As long as humanity continues to progress, communication with God is simply indispensable. Show more Show less