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Hi I'm Spencer

I'm from Seattle, and lived in Ecuador. I love meeting new people and being around people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to play basketball, I have never been amazing at it, but I love it. Something about being around and working with other people makes me happy. I also like to play the guitar, electric, anything that I can rock out to. I like classic rock, alternative, pop rock, if it rocks, I like it. I am in college, I work to put myself through college as much as I can. It's hard sometimes between school and work and friends and everything else I'm trying to balance, but I feel like it's worth it. I'm learning how to be a big kid I guess. It's weird to see how much I've grown in just the 4 or so years since I graduated high school. I lived in Ecuador for two years, picked up Spanish while living with the awesome people there. I've been ok, I'm super independent and rely on myself but being away from home for so long can sometimes be tiring. I know what it feels like to have to do everything yourself and know what it feels like to just wish that you were around people that care about you. It's pushed me to try and be a better friend and just person in general, I've learned that you should be nice to the people that are around you and that it doesn't matter if you don't know them. Everyone needs someone else sometimes. And you can choose to be that person.

Why I am a Mormon

Ever since I can remember, or ever since I was born, my parents have always taken me to the Mormon church. Thats how I grew up and for a long time that was good enough for me. I knew that my parents liked it and thought that it was good and I didn't have any reason to question that really. When I was 14, about the time that I was a freshman in highschool I started to realize that it wasnt enough that my parents thought that this was the right church to go to. I started to think about ALL the different ideas that are out there and how the heck was anybody supposed to know which the best one was anyways, I mean I don't think that you could learn about all of them even if you tried. One day another member of the church told me specifically that it wasn't enough if I didnt know for myself if what I was doing was right, or if this was the truth. Like I say, I had been brought up in a religious family, I knew how to pray, and I knew that God would answer me if I prayed about it. So that's what I decided to do, I knelt down and prayed about it, but I was so scared of making God think that I didn't believe that what I was doing was right or that he would think that I was doubting him or my parents that all that came out was something like "God I want to know if this is true, I mean I don't doubt you, but I'm not sure, but I just want to know..." And afterwards I didn't feel anything... I received literally 0 answer. It took me thinking about it for a couple of days to realize that I hadn't really prayed with a desire to know for myself, that I really needed to ask for me, because it's my life that's at stake. So that's what I did, when I prayed the second time, and really wanted to know. That's when I got an answer, I just felt good, like God was giving me a hug, it sounds kinda stupid on paper but I know that what I felt was from Him. Since then I've known, that this is where he wants me to be. I still ask Him sometimes, and I have that same feeling come back.

How I live my faith

I'm a secretary in the church, I get to take a lot of notes and follow up on a lot of different things. Some people say that it's a prestigious thing to do (sounds glamorous right?), but I think that it's no where near as important as what I get to do when I visit other people. I go and just try to talk to them at first, be their friend, reach out to them and tell them that more than anything I want to work with them, that they need to help me as much, if not more, than I need to help them. The first time or so that I go visit them it can seem a little forced, but I really try to show that I care about them, that even though I might not know them very well I still want to help and am always looking to have more friends. After that, honestly it's a blast, you wouldn't believe how much fun it is to go talk to someone, to be able to share a short spiritual message which helps bolster them with everything that they have going on but it also helps me to be able to sit and think about what would help them. I think that a lot of the time I end up getting more out of it than they do. And not only do I visit some people, other people come and visit me. It makes me feel really connected, like it makes me really feel like there are other people out there that care about me and are willing to help when I need it. They make it ok to ask for help too which is something that I struggle with. It's like a big family, everyone cares about everyone.