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Hi I'm Spencer

I'm an engineer-turned-marketeer living with my family in Austin, Texas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband of six years and a dad of three rapidly growing and active boys. I derive my greatest joy from time spent as a family. Even in the Texas heat, we find ways to spend time doing things together, including yard work, indoor projects, and trips to the home improvement store (which the boys love). When I'm not with the family or fulfilling church responsibilities, I work in the field of marketing, with my greatest interests being in learning about customers' needs, how they think, why they choose what they do, and how to better serve them. As for other hobbies? Well, I like finding ways to save money, whether it's through coupons or other deals. And I enjoy researching and visiting far-off places, especially with my wife. Combine the two for some fun and cost-conscious travel get-aways. I feel like there is a lot of good in the world, and I can help contribute to that good and highlight it around me. One of my favorite things to do is to be a friend--and to keep in touch with old friends.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a full-time missionary, the people I talked to about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints frequently asked if I had always been "Mormon." Sometimes the implication was that "you only believe because that's how you were raised." While I certainly attribute much of my personal faith to my upbringing and to the example of my parents, I took steps as a youth and subsequently as an adult to fortify my faith and to build a foundation of my own. I determed through study, prayer, and practice that indeed the things I'd been taught as a child were true. I spent time reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other Scriptures daily, seeking out the answers to questions that came up as I pondered life's great questions, and subsequently finding the answers I was looking for. Sometimes I didn't find them immediately--occasionally it took years to find an answer or grasp a concept and there are some I'm still working on. But through those experiences, I've come to know for myself that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is real. It blesses my life, and I've seen it bless the lives of others. And sometimes, I have the opportunity to be a part of blessing the lives of others through the Gospel. As I raise my family in the Gospel, using the teachings of prophets--both ancient and modern--we find joy and peace together, and purpose in our activities and responsibilities. But most of all, we find that all challenges and burdens are lightened through the help of our Heavenly Father and the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. And we look forward to returning to live with Them as a family after this life.

How I live my faith

In addition to living my faith as a father and husband--and teaching the principles of the Gospel through word and deed to my children--I spend time in Church service visiting members of our congregation, trying to lift them both spiritually and temporally, or however I can be of assistance. I also enjoy the occasional opportunities to plan social activities for members of the congregation and friends.