What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Spencer Lloyd Simister

I'm a student, I live in Salt Lake City, Utah, I served a mission in the Yucatan Peninsula, I'm awesome, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City Utah. In spite of my parents attempts to have more children, I grew up as a single child. Nevertheless, we had very strong family ties, and we would always watch out for one another. My youth was, like that of many, a mixture of school, family, friends, chores, and church, with the occasional video game or two. I focused a lot on my studies, and after graduating from West High School in Salt Lake City, I started attending the University of Utah. After finishing one year of studies, I decided to put my life on hold, and serve the Lord as a missionary for the church. In March of 2010, I received my mission call fo serve in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, and in July 2010, I started that service, which lasted two years, during which my own testimony grew a lot, and I became fluent in the Spanish language. I am now going to school, where I am studying biology with the hopes of one day becoming a professor.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many reasons... One could say that I was born into the church, since both of my parents are active members, and they would bring me to church with them on Sundays, but the truth is that I would consider myself more of a convert than a member. For many years, my testimony was borrowed from my parents... every time I would say that I knew the church was true, it was because I saw my parents, and other church leaders with their testimonies, and I felt they were true, but I had never obtained a true testimony for myself. One day, I realized that if I were to preach the gospel for two years in a foreign country, I would have to receive a personal witness of the truth and divinity of this church. I started reading the Book of Mormon... something I had never really done before with a true intent and desire to know if it is true... I accepted the invitation to read it, meditate on it's message, and pray to God to know if it were true. As I read through the events contained within, I felt a growing desire to keep reading. Daily, I would ask God if it were true. Then, one day, as I was laying in bed late at night, a feeling of peace and rejoicing came to me that was so strong and overwhelming, and the only thought I had in my mind was "The Book of Mormon is true." I knew that this was the answer to my prayers, and I knew that it had come from the Holy Ghost. I now can not deny the truth or divinity of the Book of Mormon. It has become a much used treasure for me. I have used it many a time as a missionary, and I do my best to live by its teachings. My entire testimony is based on the Book of Mormon. Since I know that the Book of Mormon is true, I have no doubt that Joseph Smith was God's chosen prophet and seer who restored the church in these latter days, and translated that holy book from ancient records. I know that Jesus Christ truly is the savior that God sent to provide the way to eternal life. and I testify that the Church is true.

How I live my faith

Ever since I was really young, my parents would go to church. Every sunday, I remember, was the day that we would all put on our Sunday best and cross the street over to the big brick meetinghouse. Even when we would travel or go out of town for the weekend, we always packed away white shirts, ties, shoes, and a dress for my Mom so we could go to the closest chapel where we were staying. Church was just a normal part of my life, and as I grew up I started receiving small assignments and callings in the church. after being ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood, I, along with the other young men in the ward, would help pass, and later administer the sacrament. I also served as a home teacher with my Dad, and would often go visit families in our ward on sunday nights. At the age of 19, I decided to serve a mission for the church, and was called to serve in the Yucatan Peninsula in México, and every day, I would go out preaching the gospel, and inviting others to come unto Christ.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Spencer Lloyd Simister
Jesus Christ, in his mortal ministry, chose and ordained twelve apostles. After his death and resurrection, however, there were only eleven, due to the betrayal and subsequent suicide of Judas Iscariot. In the first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, we learn of how the apostles, completely understanding how the church should be founted on prophets and apostles (see Ephesians 2:19-20) decided to elect a new apostle. We read that they chose and ordained Matthias to be the next special witness of Christ and his resurrection. We as members of the church believe that the Exact same church that Christ established nearly two milenia ago has been restored in its fulness. Therefore, we believe in the same orginization that existed in the ancient church. Since God is an unchanging God, we have no right to change the orginization of His church. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Spencer Lloyd Simister
The Book of Mormon is a book of ancient holy scripture that, like the Bible, was written by prophets and other disciples that God called to record the proceedings and revelations that happened among the people in these times. The greatest difference between the Bible and the Book of Mormon is the place where they took place. While the happenings of the bible occurred in the old world, in places such as Egypt and Jerusalem, the Book of Mormon mainly takes place in the American continent. The story starts telling of a man named Lehi, who lived in Jerusalem with his family, until the Lord commanded him to leave, and after traveling in the wilderness for many years, they built boats and traveled to the Americas, where they started to grow and prosper. During the time there, their history was written on plates of metal, and passed from one generation to the next in order to preserve the commandments of God, as well as revelations that had been given concerning the life and mission of Jesus Christ, the need of the atonement, and the importance of the gospel. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Spencer Lloyd Simister
The biggest trick to knowing whether or not Mormonism is true is to. Read, study, and ponder on the scriptures: especially the Book of Mormon. Then go to God in prayer and ask him if the church, and the Book of Mormon are true or not. This is the exact same invitation we find in James 1:5 in the Bible, or in Moroni 10:3-5 in the Book of Mormon. If we do this, having faith in God that we will receive an answer to our prayers, and praying with real intent, then we will receive an answer from God, through the Holy Spirit as to the truthfulness of the church and the gospel. This answer often comes as sweet, peaceful feelings in our heart, confirming the correctness of a decision. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Spencer Lloyd Simister
Of course not. We, as Mormons, consider each person alive here on the earth to be our literal brother or sister, since we are all children of God. With this sense of fraternity, we understand the need to watch out for and help all of God's children. The church actually has a great number of humanitarian projects that provide help and support, and is often one of the first organizations on the scene to help in cases of natural disasters. Many members generously donate to these organizations to help our brothers and sisters in time of need. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Spencer Lloyd Simister
While we believe our meeting houses to be reverent locations where we can let our thoughts turn towards God and His teachings while we pray, study scriptures, and partake of the sacrament, we believe that the temple is an even more sacred place. We consider the temple to literally be the house of The Lord, and we go there to gain more knowledge about His plan of salvation and perform sacred ordinances that allow us and our family bombers to return to the presence of God. Since we believe that spiritual knowledge is to be gained line upon line and precept upon precept, the entrance into the temple is limited only to worthy members of the church who have begun to understand and apply the teachings of the gospel of Christ. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Spencer Lloyd Simister
Being a Mormon, I believe, is not too different from being a regular person. We eat food, drink water, and try to keep up with family and friends. We still consider ourselves to be in the world, yet our goal is to not be of the world. We believe that we are here on earth to learn and grow, but also to have joy (2 Nephi 2:25). This joy comes to us as we obey Gods commandments by serving and loving others, praying, attending church, spending time with our families, performing missionary service, and reading the scriptures. We find joy in knowing that God is our loving Heavenly Father, and that he has created a plan for us to be able to return to Him. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Spencer Lloyd Simister
Mormon temples are holy edifices built for and dedicated to God. As in the ancient church, temple worship is central to our beliefs. Worthy members of the church who are recommended by their local church leaders are able to enter into these holy sites to be instructed, to perform sacred ordinances that bind together families for eternity, and to provide the opportunity for those who have died without knowing of the gospel to receive the ordinances needed for salvation. Because of the sacred nature of the things learned in the temple, members do not speak about them outside of the temple walls. Nevertheless, everyone's lives can be blessed by the temple. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Spencer Lloyd Simister
Being baptized under the proper authority is absolutely necessary to have a proper baptism. This concept is not that uncommon in the real world. If someone wants to lawfully operate a motor vehicle, they need to go through the correct channels to obtain a drivers license from a branch of the government in charge of issuing such documents. While there may be some people who create fake drivers licenses or who drive without a license, they are not doing it legally. Even though nearly all Christian religions offer some form of a baptism so that its members can follow in Christ's footprints, most have nothing more than a certificate issued by a pastoral university to prove the authority by which they operate. We, on the other hand, believe that the priesthood authority of God has been restored to the earth through a living prophet, and that it is the authority that is required to be properly baptized into Christ's Church. Every holder of the priesthood in the church has a direct line of authority that goes back to Christ Himself, and they are therefore authorized to properly perform ordinances, such as baptism, in the name of Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Spencer Lloyd Simister
We as members of the church believe that the human body is one of God's greatest creations. Not only do we learn in the bible that the human body was the final thing made in the creation of this earth, but we also know that it was made in the very image of God Himself. One of the greatest and most amazing gifts that God has given us is the ability to procreate and make entirely new bodies from nothing more than two simple haploid gametic cells. This gift was given so that men and women who are legally and lawfully married to one another can raise families and create new bodies to house the spirits of God. The church is therefore opposed to abortion, because it destroys this amazing creation. While there are rare cases where abortion could be acceptable, such as if the life or health of the mother is endangered, if the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest, or if competent physicians verify that the fetus would not survive birth, it should still only be done after counseling with priesthood leaders and by receiving a divine confirmation through sincere prayer. Show more Show less