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Hi I'm Spencer

I'm newly married, studying to become a Marriage and Family Therapist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a Junior at Utah State University studying Family and Community Services, while studying and working towards entering a Master's Program to study to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. After serving an LDS Mission in Antofagasta, Chile, I married my High School sweetheart and we have been happily married since September of 2015! I am a drummer/percussionist; I play the drum set, djembe, and bongos! I also find joy in Cross Country Mountain Biking.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon means so much more to me than simply a name or group I affiliate with because to me I have chosen to continue on in this wonderful faith despite my own personal challenges. I have encountered temptation and sin that has caused me to shake and even give in at times, but I have been able to pull through all of the "muck" because of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is my advocate and my greatest friend, I know that I can always trust Him. I know that He suffered and bled and died for me so that I can be like Him and my Heavenly Father some day. I know that He raised again the third day and that He has a body of flesh and bones. It is because of His great love, that He has for me as an individual, that I am still a part of this great church! I can testify of the great influence of the Holy Ghost who has lead me and guided me closer to Christ. I know that He is a personage of Spirit who is separate from the Father and Jesus Christ. I know that He testifies of truth and that anyone who seeks that truth can find it through humble prayer. I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who wishes the best for us and who is always helping us to grow. I can testify with a boldness that Joseph Smith truly was a prophet of God and that he helped to restore the true priesthood (which is the power of God) and translate the Book of Mormon. All of this means the world to me, and I say it the name of my Lord and Savior, even Jesus the Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by the daily things that I do. I am crazy busy with school, work, and my other responsibilities. I'm not perfect, but I try to do the best that I can, and I'm so grateful for the support and love I receive from my wife. We gain strength from each other and try our best to study the scriptures and pray together daily. Together we co-teach a Marriage and Family Relations class every Sunday as a part of our worship and that has helped us to learn so much! We have also tried to remember our Savior more on Sunday by putting a greater focus on our scripture study, prayers, and spending quality time with our families and that has helped us a lot.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Mormons believe in the Bible because it contains many of the ancient scriptures from before Christ was born. It literally testifies of Christ because ALL prophets absolutely have to have a strong testimony of Christ to fulfill their callings as prophets. Through the Bible and the Book of Mormon only one religion can be formed. Picture it like this. You have a piece of plain white paper, and on that you paper their is a filled in circle. How many lines can you draw through that circle? A lot right? That dot represents the Bible and the lines represent all of the many interpretations of Christianity that can be formed from the Bible. Now pretend that you draw another dot anywhere on the paper. Now how many lines can you draw through both circles? Only one right? That new dot represents the Book of Mormon. With both the Bible and the Book of Mormon (which is another Testament of Jesus Christ) only one true Church can be formed. And I testify that that Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormonism). Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

From the New Testament we learn that "except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5). Through the work of the dead, we are giving our deceased ancestors a chance to accept the kingdom of God. We perform the ordinance on their behalf and they have the opportunity whether or not to accept that work; the gospel is a gospel of agency. Many people think it's strange that we "baptize dead people," but we don't, we do baptisms on their behalf. Really the work for the dead was being done by the early members of the Church when Christ first founded it (see 1 Corinthians 15:29)! Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Women don't hold the Priesthood because it's against the order of God. Anyone can plainly see that men and women play different roles in life. Men and women are equal!!! That is why God created the women out of the mans rib! Where is the rib in relation to the rest of the body? It's in the middle! If God took out the brain out of Adam and made Eve with that, it would be clear that He was saying Women is better than Man. But what if He took the foot off of Adam and made Eve from that? That would probably mean that God made Man better than Women. But He didn't do it that way! Womanhood, or the ability for women to bare and raise children is among the most sacred responsibilities can have in this life. I love the women in my life! Further more, women do A LOT for this Church by serving in the Relief Society, Visiting Teaching, and supporting great families! Truly, this Church (and in fact the world) would be no where without women! Show more Show less