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Hi I'm Spencer

I like sports and summertime. I have an amazing wife and two awesome children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like playing sports-I'll try just about anything but really enjoy racquetball and basketball. I love watching college sports. I like playing catch with my son, playing dolls with my daughter, and reading to both of them. I like cooking with my wife, and we love anything we can do spending time as a family. I studied sociology and like learning about the dynamics of groups and individuals. I am also and eye doctor and really like talking about eyes and vision. I have a close extended family scattered worldwide and enjoy family reunions and catching up with long lost family members. I like rural america and the values that prevail in small communities. I enjoy a good challenge and like to try to do things for myself before asking for help.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a simple knowledge that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior and suffered for my many shortcomings. I hold my beliefs close to my heart but try to live a life that He would want me to. I am grateful for the opportunity to pick myself up each day and try to be a little better than I was the day before, because Christ made it possible to repent. My membership in His church is as precious to me as my family and my own life. It gives me an understanding of His gospel as well as the chance to serve others and better myself. The knowledge that He is watching over me and knows my fears and weaknesses gives me hope. Hope that I can raise my children to make right choices in this fearsome world. Hope that I can one day live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Hope that what is most precious to me-my family, can be an eternal unit with our Father and his Son. The experiences that being a Mormon have given me have helped me to understand this and to develop a faith I can rely on. When life is hard and uncertain that faith is an anchor to my soul and gives me peace; knowing that as I put forth my meager effort, Christ is there to make up the huge chasm of a difference. I'm grateful each time I have an experience like this to remind me of how blessed I am. I love and express my thanks to my Savior, Jesus Christ for the life I don't deserve, but try to live up to.

How I live my faith

The opportunity to serve has enriched my life and come back to me in so many ways. I got to spend two years in the beautiful country of New Zealand where I met countless amazing people who blessed my life and taught me things I would never have learned otherwise. I've also had the chance to learn how to serve and give to those in hard circumstances, or those who appear to have made bad choices. These have been among the most poignant experiences, as all judgement is thrown out the window for the opportunity to help another human being in need. I've been able to work with some amazing youth, providing guidance based on my experience, but learning more from them than I could give. I've also been able to give the simple gift of time, making regular visits to individuals and families to offer messages of hope and assistance with everyday life and needs. Seeing how the Lord uses great organization to meet the needs of His children has helped me feel the love He has for each person individually, not just as a collection of people. Perhaps the biggest blessing has been the opportunity to teach my children the great value that comes from serving others and living a Christlike life. Taking my kids to help with a service project or cleaning a church or someone's house is invaluable, and I feel it helps make up for some of the many shortcomings I have as a father. The biggest difference my faith has made in my life has to be at home. I wouldn't know how to start being a decent husband or father if it hadn't been for my own parents living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my home as a child. When I realize some of the things I am doing wrong as a husband or parent it is because of the teachings of Christ and trying to do better at home is the biggest reason I live my faith the best I can.