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Hi I'm Spenser

I'm a medical student, and I love the outdoors, rock climbing, hiking, camping, food, cooking, and music, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a medical student, and I have a passion for helping other people. If there is anything that gives me satisfaction in life, it is being able to go to bed every night knowing that I made a difference in the world, however small or large, during the day. I want to be a doctor so I can make that difference in the lives of other people when they need help. In my free time, I like to do a wide variety of things. I believe that variety is indeed the spice of life, and I love learning and adventure. Food is currently my one true love in life, and I love to cook, and go out to eat (when I can afford it). I also enjoy the outdoors, barbecues, rock climbing, camping, hiking, and (occasionally) sports like soccer and basketball. I am not very good at either one, but I like to get out there and have fun. I enjoy music. I listen to it all the time (all kinds of different varieties), and I also play the piano and the ukulele. I consider myself very blessed. I have had my fair share of struggles in life, but so has everyone, right? When it comes down to it, I have supportive family and friends, and although I may not live an extraordinarily luxurious life, I have everything I need. I have also come to realize over the years that life is a journey, and I am learning to find happiness in the present appreciating things as they are rather than dwelling on imperfections or things that I wish were different.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS faith, but that doesn't mean I never questioned it. I am the kind of person who needs to know and understand everything for myself, and religion is no exception. While my background has always been LDS, I still consider myself a convert to the faith. Allow me to explain why. I question everything, and there came a time when I felt an intense need to know for myself whether what I had been taught my whole life was true. I felt that without that knowledge, my life lacked meaning. If it was true, I needed to know it, and if not, I needed to find out so I could start seeking the truth and get my life on the right track. I started to study everything I knew and everything I had ever been taught growing up. I started to read the Book of Mormon with an intense desire to know if it was of God. (I questioned whether or not God even existed too, but I have come to the conclusion that He does. I don't have space to explain that here). As I read, things started to make sense in my head. I knew the Book of Mormon was good. I knew it taught wholesome principles. Suddenly, I realized that not only were those principles good and wholesome, but they were also true! As I did the the things the Book of Mormon taught, I received the promised blessings. I asked God to confirm my discovery and by a feeling that was not of me and I cannot deny, He did. Everything else fell into place. I knew that if the Book of Mormon was true, it must have come from God. That meant that Joseph Smith must have been a servant of God, which meant that he must have really seen God the Father and Jesus Christ, as he said. The Church of Jesus Christ must have really been restored through him. This I know without a doubt. There are authorized servants of Jesus Christ on this earth, and Jesus Christ is indeed the Savior of the world. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

It's simple. I do everything I can to develop a relationship with my Savior. I pray, because I truly believe that man can communicate with God, and I have had many sacred experiences in my life through prayer. I study the scriptures, because through them I learn more every day about the things that really matter in life. I go to church to learn more, and to associate with those who believe what I do. I try to follow the example of Jesus Christ in my life. I am far from perfect, but I do my best to serve and love others, and to do the things that He taught. For me, living my faith is all about further developing my relationship with Jesus Christ. I have learned that when I try to do that, I am blessed. When I stop progressing, the blessings in my life begin to disappear. It's really a simple formula. I try to seek the will of God in my life, and as He reveals it to me I try my best to follow it. I believe that He can make more of my life than I could ever make of it on my own. Seeking the will of the Lord has led me to do many things in my life. It has led me to serve Him as a full time missionary for two years. During that time I did nothing but share what I believe and serve those around me, and it was the best two years of my life. It has blessed me in more ways than I can count. I have developed many great relationships, I have become completely fluent in Spanish, and I have learned and grown as a person. Seeking the will of the Lord has constantly led me to try to find ways to bless the lives of other people. In doing so, I have learned for myself that as we lose our lives in the service of others, we indeed find our lives as the scriptures say. I have learned many things and developed skills that I wouldn't have otherwise developed, and I have developed relationships too. Seeking the will of the Lord has caused me to constantly adjust my life to follow Him, and in doing so I have been blessed.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is exactly what the name says. It is the Church of Jesus Christ. When the Savior was on the earth, He established His Church. Eventually, people rejected Him and the Apostles He had chosen. The leaders of the Church were killed, and the world fell into darkness. However, God has once again reached out in love, and in the year 1820, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith. Under the Lord's direction, Joseph Smith once again established the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth. Show more Show less