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Hi I'm Spencer

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 22 years old and I am from the San Francisco Bay Area. I served a 2-yr mission in Santa Maria, Brazil speaking Portuguese. I love sports, especially soccer, but I also play a couple others: baseball, basketball, cross country and track, swimming, football, and anything else that requires going outside and enjoying some fresh air. I loovve the summer and going to the beach, going to Oakland A's baseball games, hanging out with friends and my family, long-boarding, and listening to music. I don't know if I can go a minute without saying "dude" or "hecka". I love enjoying and experiencing other cultures and I hope to do some traveling some day. I have 5 sisters and no brothers, I am the 4th kid out of 6 total, so yes, it gets pretty hectic at times. I go to college at BYU-Idaho and am majoring in Physics Education in hope to become a high school Physics teacher as well as a coach.

Why I am a Mormon

There came a time where I still had to choose if I wanted to join the church or not, so I chose for myself, not anyone else. I love this gospel and, to be quite honest, I wouldn't know where I'd be or what I'd be doing without it. I think during my high school years and my first year in college I really started to see more and more of how kids my age chose to do things that I don't agree with and don't want to do, and it strengthens my testimony to see the blessings in my life when I live the way that I know is right. To me, being Mormon just makes sense, both logically and spiritually: both my head and my heart agree and that's pretty important to me. I have had hard times as everyone else here has those difficult stages in their lives, but hey, that's life, and the gospel of Jesus Christ makes it that much easier to get through those trials. I have seen my life, my family's life, and my friends' lives blessed by being apart of this church. Bringing family and friends together of all backgrounds, races, interests, careers, and hobbies, everyone can enjoy blessings from our Heavenly Father. I chose to be Mormon because it has brought me closer to Him then any other thing known to man. One of my favorite sayings is: "the gospel is a beautiful thing", and I believe in that 100%.

How I live my faith

I think one of the best ways to show others how I live my faith is simply acting it. Do what you love to do and be that example to others. I love new experiences like seeing new places and different kinds of people no matter what their race, color, or backgrounds are. I think people are so interesting and neat to get to know. They are all around us so might as well get used to it! When you have a simple conversation, like with someone on a train or at your work, about each others' beliefs and learning from one another it can really be a unique experience. We can learn and grow from each other and help each other come closer to God. I was in Boy Scouts growing up and have earned my Eagle Scout Award and have done numerous service projects. Some of my favorite ones were going into San Francisco and serving hot meals at a soup kitchen. I really felt like I was giving more then receiving and I know that that is what our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ taught. I often hear people say to me that having a religion sometimes restrict you from being you, yourself. That is definitely not the case with being Mormon. It sets me free; I can be me, who I want to be, and who I know I am. It brings out the best of me and shows that I can do more. I feel that I can truly find myself. I love it because I have a sure knowledge of many things and it makes my life that much easier. Now that I have served a mission, I have really seen even more blessings and ways that being Mormon helps me now and for the future. I was thrown out into the world trying to teach and talk with people in a different country, culture, and language but what it did for me is allow me to see how this church is the same no matter where you are.