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Hi I'm Spencer

I am the youngest in my family. I am an Eagle Scout. I love to play and watch sports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the Father of six young children. I love to play just about any sport, but my favorites are basketball and tennis. I am a huge college sports fan, the first two days of the NCAA tournament are my favorite event to watch during the entire year. I went back to school to get my MBA after we had already had our first two children. We lived in a tiny apartment that afforded us an opportunity to get to know people from many different countries. I am conversationally fluent in Portuguese and although not a big soccer fan, I love to watch the World Cup.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that was very strong in the church, but quite honestly I didn't have a knowledge for myself that it was true. When I was about 14 I attended a youth activity where people were sharing their testimonies (basically stating their beliefs and knowledge about the truthfulness of the gospel and how it had blessed their lives). One Young Woman got up and shared her testimony. She talked about the pain that her family had felt with one of her sisters kind of going down a bad path, but then also spoke of her great faith in the Savior, the power of the atonement, and her knowledge that the church was true. That night I felt, or perhaps I should say recognized, something I never had before. As she was talking I felt a burning in my bosom, it was a sweet feeling, but it was so powerful I could not deny it. While I had not been a bad person prior to that, I made some course corrections in my life to help me to be more worthy to consistently feel that spirit. The promise laid out in the scriptures that a testimony is gained by putting into action the principles of the gospel, played out in my life. As I made course corrections and strived to read the scriptures and follow what is taught therein great changes came to my life. It was a gradual process but one that has continued now for many years. I know that this church is true and Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know that he paid for all of our sins, and that no matter what trials or adversity we face in life, He can truly say that He knows how we feel, and that He knows how to succor us. I am so grateful for his sacrifice which makes it possible for us to one day return to live in his presence. I am also very grateful for the prophet Joseph Smith who was the instrument in the Lord's hands in restoring the fullness of the gospel to the earth. Finally, as a Husband and Father I take great joy in knowing that if I live the gospel I can one day live together forever with my family.

How I live my faith

There are many important callings in the church but none are more important to me than being a husband and father. Since my wife is a stay at home mom with six little children one of the most important things I do is try to give her a chance to get out of the home as well a take her on weekly dates to keep our courtship alive. As a father I feel a great responsibility to prepare my children to become strong, contributing members of society. We hold weekly family home evenings where do sing songs, play games, teach a short gospel lesson, pray together and have a treat. We also strive to have daily scripture study and prayer together as a family. I am a firm believer in the quote by David O. Mckay that says “No other success can compensate for failure in the home.” One of the things that I love about being a member of the church is the opportunities that it provides for service. I have been involved with organizing weekly activities for the youth in the church that I am hoping will strengthen them the same way I was strengthened at that age. During our married life we have almost always lived long distances from our "Family", but we have found that there is a great sense of "Family" as we get to know and serve together with the church members in our area. This service comes in many forms, like helping when people move into or out of an area. Providing service when someone has a baby, there is sickness in a family, or when someone is dealing with a loss in the family. It is tremendous to see and feel the impact that one person can have on the life another by simply getting outside of their shell. One of my favorite things to do is find opportunities where I can serve others with my children at my side. Each year at Christmas we pick a family for whom we will do a "Sub-4-Santa". I love hearing their giggles and seeing the look on their face as we leave the goods on the door, ring the door bell and run. I hope that this will build a lasting tradition.