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Hi I'm R. Spence

I was born in Arizona. Moved to Idaho at age 11, and grew up on a farm. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I lived in Arizona in the desert until I was 11. I moved to Idaho with my family and there grew up on a farm and ranch. I loved to work with livestock and hunt and fish while I was growing up. Sports were also important to me and doing anything outside. I was raised in a family of 6 children. We had great parents that taught us family values and the importance of being honest, working hard, and treating others as we would want to be treated. I loved my childhood, and spent a great amount of time with family, doing family things. This included extended family also. Both sets of grandparents, my aunts and uncles, and cousins have all been a large part of my life. Because of that, family contiues to be central to my prupose and where I find the most joy in my life. Religion has also played a major role in my life. Most of the things that I have done or not done, are a result of my beliefs and commitment to serve my fellowmen. I am older now, and am happily married, with 7 children, and 7 grandchildren presently, with one on the way. Most of my free time is centered around the family. I graduated form BYU with a BS Degree in Animal Science with a Business emphasis. I farmed for many years with my father, then moved into a financial services business. Presently, my son Aaron, a partner, is running the business, and I am serving as a mission president in the Arizona Mesa Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I come form a history of Church members. I am grateful for my heritage and the great faith exhibited by my ancesters. My mother was raised in a strong LDS family, however, my father was less active when they married. He did not grow up in a home where Sunday was a day to worship and attend church. He became active as our family was being raised and the Church became a more dominant part of our lives, largely due to my mother's encouragement and the support of her family. In time, my dad became active and supported us kids going to church. His parents also became active. My mother had the major influence on my commitment to the Church early on in my life. I loved to go with my dad and do the things that he liked to do, mainly hunting and fishing, but I always wanted to please my mom, and I knew that the Church was very important to her. Dad taught me the importance of work, however, I don't know that anyone could outwork my mom. My mom taught me to love God and always strive to do what was right and please Him. In high school it became apparent to me that I had to make choices, whether to keep the commandments, or follow my friends. For the most part, I choose to keep the commandments, which in turn, made me different from most of my friends. I soon realized that they were my "day friends", and I couldn't be with them or do what they did at night. Prior to turning 19, I decided to serve a mission for the Church. I was called to serve in the Argentine North Mission. That became the pivitol point in my life. I truly became converted and learned to trust my Father in Heaven. I learned that I loved to serve others and please my Heavenly Father. I gained a testimony that God lives, that Jesus Christ truly gave His life for all of our Father in Heaven's children, and that they are my brothers and sisters. I learned that I am most happy when I am living in accordance with the teaching of Jesus Christ. He lives and I hope to be like Him some day.

How I live my faith

Because of my belief that we are all children of a loving Father in Heaven, I have found that I love to serve others, to do my part to make this a better world, and to help relieve pain and suffering, which is certainly a part of mortality. I am grateful for all of the opportunities that the Church provides for me to give service, and the endorsement of service in The Book of Mormon, "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God". Throughout my life, I have had many opportunities to serve other in different capacities in the Church and community. I have served as a teacher in various settings. I think that the one that I enjoyed the most was teaching 11 year old boys. They are so impressionable and anxious to please. They love to have fun and to learn new things. While I taught them in Church, I was also their Boy Scout leader. We truly had some wonderful experiences and learned much about life and living. At this time, I also served in various positions in the Boy Scouts of America with the purpose of helping young boys have a love for God and their country, and to become upstanding and honorable citizens. I have also served in leadership positions in Church, helping people with their spiritual and temporal welfare. I have been involved in the Church's missionary efforts ever since my mission as a young man. Presently, I am living in Arizona on assignment, overseeing the missionary efforts of some 200 missionaries, most of them are young men and women. This has been perhaps the most demanding and yet rewarding service opportunity that I have ever had. My helper in this is my wife. What a wonderful blessing it is to work so closely with your eternal companion. In this position we see young men and women learning to have faith and trust God, and giving all that they have to give, to make this a better world and turn people to a loving Father in Heaven. The Church has truly been a blessing to me, and family.