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Hi I'm Spencer

I grew up in a Mormon family and now have my own. I volunteer, I'm busy at work, and I help at church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

We all have a story to tell--how we met the person we love, how we found ourselves, or how we became a better person. I learn so much from people by listening to their stories. I love hearing stories in part because how my mentors at different stages of my life have taught me to think. I enjoy my work, I think it's important to be engaged in the community, being a parent is demanding and rewarding, and I'm devoted to my wife. Sometimes I haven't been very good at any of these; I'm getting better at balancing it all. Being entrusted by God to keep of this going is amazing. Having faith in Christ makes it possible.

Why I am a Mormon

When I heard stories of Joseph Smith seeing and speaking with God and Christ, my heart always told me that it such things do happen. I never considered the notion of God speaking to a chosen prophet odd. God is the grand orchestrator of this universe and his designs are spectacular. No one but a loving, selfless Being could work out this universe of such complexity. No one but a loving Being could pay as much attention to me as I need while still caring for all of His other children. From God's plan of happiness to His daily, seemingly mundane miracles, I experience and live His love for me. I feel so loved, so special that of the countless children He has, He works so hard to help me be happy.

How I live my faith

Having faith means that that faith compels me to "do." One way I do this is I stand up for right. I stand up for values. I stand up for family. I do this in conversations and in more formal settings. Each week, I listen to the joys, fears, and daily activities of other dads, husbands, and men. I listen to how they struggle and triumph in supporting their families, grow their relationship with their wives, and take part in building the community. It takes important values like citizenship, cooperation, courage, faith, respect, and responsibility. I find that these men need support in living these values just as much as I do. My faith in Jesus Christ as our exemplar helps me to point these men to the Perfect Example.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Spencer
Being a Christian means doing what Jesus would do if he had the same opportunities as I do. Jesus helped believers and non-believers alike. He didn't give preferential treatment to only those that followed him. Jesus helped all that he could because we are all a part of the same family. The Father of Christians is the same Father of non-Christians. Mormons help all people--Mormon or not--because we are all part of the same family. Show more Show less