What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Spencer

I'm a music fanatic, a born-and-bred BYU Cougars fan, and a mass chocolate eater. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Utah all my life and would have it no other way. Listening to and playing music is one of the greatest joys of my life. I love playing guitar and piano in my free time. I also enjoy playing sports, particularly football and basketball. I am a lifetime BYU fan and recently spent my freshman year of college there. I am currently serving as missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Washington Spokane Mission. I love where I'm at and the opportunity I have to share this wonderful Gospel with others. I love my mom and dad and my three siblings more than I could ever express. Family means the world to me, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity I've had to grow closer to them through this Gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a firm believer that everybody must be a "convert" to what they believe in. Whether you grow up in a particular religion, or join yourself to it later in life, you must come to find for yourself that what you believe is what's true. I have had the blessing of being able to grow up in a family that is strong in this church. Even then, though, I have had to make the necessary efforts to know for myself that what I'm following is the right thing. Like everyone else, I have made mistakes in my life that have distanced me from my Savior Jesus Christ and from my Father in Heaven. It was at those crosspoints in my life that I had to choose what I was going to follow. I have found peace and happiness as I have chosen the path of Christ and become converted to the religion that I grew up around. I have prayed to know if this is His church on this earth today, and he has confirmed it to me through the feelings that come from the Holy Spirit. I have found comfort in knowing that He can strengthen me, even when I feel engulfed by my weaknesses and shortcomings. In short, I am a Mormon because I know that Christ is the head of this church. He leads and guides it today. My simple desire is to follow Him and His teachings.

How I live my faith

When I was living at home, I participated in weekly worship services, along with weekly youth activities and scouting events. I have tried to be an active participant in the church and the different activities that it sponsors. Most importantly, though, I have tried to live as Christ would have me live. Obviously I'm as imperfect as anyone else, but I believe it is through striving to become like Christ, and living as an example, is one of the greatest things I can do in this life. As I am currently serving a full-time mission, I have dedicated two years of my life to the service of God and those around me. Simply serving people--offering them help in anyway possible--is one of the most simple ways to act as Christ would. I believe in serving my fellowman and bringing not only myself, but also those around me closer to Christ. Through serving other people, we are serving God.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Spencer
Jesus Christ died and suffered so that we could seek forgiveness for the sins we have committed. This is what we refer to as the Atonement. Because He suffered for our sins, we now have the opportunity to seek His help in overcoming our weaknesses and forsaking those things that we do wrong. In order to return to the presence of our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ, we must overcome the wrongs we commit here on Earth. The debt that Christ paid by sacrificing His perfect life and paying the price for our sins is simply a debt that we could not pay on our own. Left completely on our own without Christ and His Atonement, we would not be capable of paying the price necessary to return back to God. This is why Christ is our Savior and our Redeemer. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Spencer
Joseph Smith was a prophet, just like Moses or Noah of biblical times. He received a revelation from God revealing to him that he would restore the Church of Jesus Christ that was established here on the Earth when Christ himself lived. He held that same authority that prophets of old held to receive revelation from God the Father and convey it to the people of the world. He was a chosen servant of God. In no way is he worshipped in the Mormon religion, but he is revered as the prophet of God that he was. Joseph was and is proof that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Just as God called prophets in old times, He has again called them today to lead and guide us in His ways. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Spencer
Mormons believe that family is God's most sacred unit given here on Earth. Because of that, families are intended to be forever. I look forward to being able to be with my mom, dad, siblings, and my own future family even beyond this life. We have families to help us learn about and grow closer to the Savior. In my family, we spend time together reading from the Holy Scriptures, attending church functions, and simply doing activities that would help us bond together. Because of this, all of my family members have a strong bond that has lasted through those hard times that life is bound to throw at you. That is how families are intended to be--strong, enduring, and always workings towards being better together (because no family is perfect). In this life, God wants us to find true happiness. That happiness comes through the family. Show more Show less