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Hi I'm Spencer

I'm a Graduate Student in History, a continual seeker--and, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a young child I grew up surrounded by books about mountains, and mountains of books. Both the natural world, and the life of the mind fascinate me. I learned many of my life lessons in the Rockies of Colorado, scaling peaks and camping with my family. I was taught never to give up until I reached the summit. In my spare time I was encouraged to pursue any and all of my talents, whether acting, reading, piano or writing. Beginning college I found myself attracted more and more to the stories of our past. Understanding where we--as God's children--came from, I believed (and still do) allowed us to draw strength for the future. In an effort to learn those stories, the good, the bad, and the shades of gray in between I am currently working on a masters degree in early American religious history at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia

Why I am a Mormon

I found the the Lord walking the streets of Korea as a young missionary of 19. While teaching the principles of our church--that we are all God's children, that he loves us, and wishes for us to live with Him again--I gained a deep and abiding testimony of the gospel's truth. At the same time, I came to another equally profound realization. Though I taught the words of Christ, I found myself learning from many not of my faith. Buddhists and Bahai'i, Muslims as well as Christians all had something to teach. I found my knowledge of my faith added to by each. Mormonism, while teaching that God allows us to regain his presence as we follow him (through Faith in Jesus Christ, Repentance, Baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost by those who hold God's authority, and enduring to the end), also stresses the value of individual revelation and growth. While illuminating the pathway back to God, it also is expansive and breathtaking in the truths it covers. Each individual may gain a personal knowledge of its truthfulness, as well as an understanding of God's tailored, undying love for him or her. Questioning is also encouraged, as each individual has access to God's wisdom when living correctly. The possibilities for personal growth are limitless. This freedom is what makes me (and keeps me) a member of the Church.

How I live my faith

I try to use the talents God has given me to bless his children. Each week I volunteer as a tour Guide at a 300 year old church in Williamsburg. Though not a Mormon church, it is still an opportunity to express God's love to those who visit. As a member of my own church, I teach lessons to a group of single men in order to help them understand the scriptures as well as their personal relationship with God at a deeper level. I myself continue to learn in the process.