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Hi I'm Spencer Thompson

I'm a college student, lover of music and all things awesome, an Ultimate frisbee Ninja. And, I'm a Mormon

About Me

You could say that I love all the small and simple things in life from the way that they Sun sets over the Utah mountains to a small inside joke that people catch on to, and just the things that people don't really pay any attention to, I enjoy those things because it's those little things that make the day really worth it, and also define who we are. I guess you could say that I came from your average Mormon home, with three brothers, great parents and a very strange dog. I grew up in Utah and I served two year mission for the church in the Georgia Macon Mission, my goal in this is to help bring others close to Jesus Christ and feel His influence in my life as I have. Right now, I'm pursuing an MBA business degree, I feel like I would be more able to make differences in many other people's lives, My three brothers are my closest friends and I would do anything for them, even though when we pull out Smash Brothers it doesn't quite look that way, If they needed anything I would do it for them, and really anyone else that I care about, I'm not one to leave someone hanging. I'm not one to turn down a challenge whether that be doing something completely dangerous or just in general stupid, if there is a possibility of me being able to do it you can bet I will do it. I'm not one to quarrel, I think there are better ways of solving our problems than arguing and fighting over it. I'm pretty easy to get along with too. Well, I guess you could say that's me in a nut shell.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church yes, like may members of the church. But that wouldn't hold me through trials of my faith. I have always believed what my parents taught me, and what the other members of the church taught me. I never doubted it and I always believed it. But that's not why I'm a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I have taken the time to ask. About it and God took the time to answer me. And, when I was about 16 I started realizing that I made some pretty bad mistakes. Nothing to make my parents extremely worried about me, but I knew that I wasn't being who I was supposed to be, again, the little things. And those little things kept eating at me, and I thought I would never get over my trials. But then I was in a class, and someone taught me about what true repentance was, and I knew that that was what was missing in my life, they taught it by using a story from the Book of Mormon. I then took the time to Pray and I put all of my mistakes to the side and sincerely asked to be forgiven. And the weight of all of those things were taken off of me. And I felt the love of my Savior touch my heart and I felt clean and pure. And ever since then I have been wanting to share that love with everyone that I can.

How I live my faith

The best way to say this is that I'm definitely not just a weekend and Sunday only kind of person. I do everything I can to constantly be living the way I'm supposed to and be an example to others, now of course I'm not perfect, far from it. But I strive to what I can to follow Jesus Christ. And like I said earlier, I love the small things, I strive to do what I can, even the small things because that is what defines our character, anyone can say that they would move a mountain for the Lord, but not strive to do the small things Jesus asks us to do like being a friend to someone who needs it or just keeping our thoughts out of the gutter. I also lived my faith by serving a mission for the Lord in Macon. It's the most rewarding thing I was able to do. Now I try to be an example, answer any questions that people have about the church and help whoever I can make better choices and do the right things. Always being true not just on sundays

What is being a Mormon like?

Spencer Thompson
What is being a Mormon like? It's really great! Because I'm a Mormon I have been able to find out my purpose in life, which is to have joy. One of the greatest ways we feel joy is in our families, I find joy in knowing without any doubt that my family can be together forever. I also have guidance for my life in every aspect, what I should strive to be like, and that is to be like Jesus as best we can. We can accomplish that by reading and studying the scriptures and, obeying the laws and ordinances in the gospel. We find Joy in Christ. That my dear friends, is what being a Mormon is like Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Spencer Thompson
Jesus Christ, truly is the Son of God, the Saviour, and Redeemer of the world. Jesus Christ is the very foundation on which this church is built upon. He is also the one who created this earth, under the direction of his father. He Atoned for our sins so that we may be freed from the pain that they cause, if we keep his commandments and repent. He is also the only perfect being to ever walk on the face of this earth. And he came down to free all of us individually, he suffered for each of us individually. He knows what each of us is going through and he knows how to comfort us. He also provided the way for all of us to return to our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Spencer Thompson
The Authority is important to perform baptism like the authority to do anything is important. Like a doctor or anyone who practices medicine or any other life or death situations that people handle. We would want someone that is authorized to opperate on your friend or family member who is dying or your wife who is giving birth. You wouldn't want some random guy on the side of the street to do that would you? CPR, to legally perform CPR you need the certification on that, or in other words, authorization. Same with God. God is not a God of choas. He is a God of order. And no person no matter how well intentioned they are can act in His name and truly do His work unless he is authorized by God to do that. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Spencer Thompson
A testimony can be simply defined like this. I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the Word of God. A testimony is a knowledge of spiritual truths that people gain through study and feelings from the Holy Ghost, or experience. Think about the silly TV ads we see all the time and mute because we have seen it a thousand times, in the middle of it they have a testimonial section from people that used the product and absolutely loved it. It's the same principle but with spiritual matters. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Spencer Thompson
Faith is a lot of different things, people classify it as a belief in Christ, But it is a lot more than just that. Faith is really having the courage to act on the things that you believe and then having the trust in Christ to do what you know you need to do. I have talked to people that say they have faith, but when it comes to action they refuse to do anything, That's a mere belief, It's acting on what Christ tells you to do and then it's trusting that he will keep his promises and that everything will work out the way it's supposed to. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Spencer Thompson
Think of it this way, if you had a book that told you everything you needed to do in life to be happy and successful for all time, you would think well I need that book! But if you never read it, what good will that book do for you? Absolutely nothing, that is what the scriptures are for. They are the "How to Manual" for life. When I read the scriptures I can feel God speaking to me. He lets me know the good to look for in life and also what to avoid and really what to do with my life. We can't live something if we don't know what it is. The scriptures help us live a Christ like life, because it tells us how to live like Christ. And when we live like Christ, that makes us the happiest we can be. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Spencer Thompson
I served a mission for the church from March 2012-March 2014, and most of it, I paid for. I worked for a long time and saved money from month to month to be able to pay for it all, I bought all my own clothes and so on, My family helped me out a bunch. We have a family missionary fund and everyone contributes to keep everyone out. But we don't get paid for the service, and we in essence pay to be out. It sounds like a really hard thing, but it's worth it all. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Spencer Thompson
I'm sure the reason why people think that is because a lot of people believe we worship Joseph Smith, which is false we don't worship him at all. And others say just things that are outside the "Norm" for religion is a cult. Our roots are very unique and no other church has the same beginning as we do. But yeah, we're not a cult. You can visit one of our services to find out for yourself though :) Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Spencer Thompson
The reason we need a savior; And at this stage I am assuming you have a belief in God, or to some extent a higher power. Because in God's house there can be no unclean thing. Because God is pure and his house is spotless and no unclean thing can dwell in His presence, and just like it says in Romans, "All have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God." So we need someone to be able to free us from sin and provide a way for us to cleansed. That is why we needed a savior. Someone to remove sin from our lives so we can return to God's presence. But we would need faith and Christ has asked us to do specific things in order to be clean. That is to have faith, repent, be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and stay true to the covenants we make with God. Pretty simple when you think about it that way. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Spencer Thompson
The Doctrine of Grace, well without the grace of Jesus Christ, we would never be able to be freed from sin nor could we return to God. The grace of Christ can do more than just save us, His grace allows us to change and become better. To reach our potential, it will carry us through the hard times. But we need to be living in such a way as to allow that grace to help us. If you have any questions about the specifics you can shoot me an email :) Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Spencer Thompson
Well, Jesus Christ did say that "Except a man be born of water and of the spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven" Baptism is also for the remission of sins and opens the gate to heaven. So, without that, you won't be going anywhere, pretty simple. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Spencer Thompson
Uh, no. There are no restrictions. "Black or white, Bond or free, all are alike unto God" Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Spencer Thompson
I do not worship Joseph Smith. Nor does any member of the church. He did a great work and deserves respect for what he was able to do, and we reverence him as a prophet of God, no more no less. Show more Show less