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Hi I'm Spencer

I am a missionary, a learner, and a runner.

About Me

I am an avid reader, an insatiable knowledge-hunter, and a long distance runner. I was born into the church, but not converted until I was in my mid-teens. I love fantasy and historical fiction books; J.R.R Tolkien and Robert Jordan are among my favorite authors. I am always looking for facts, philosophies and statistics, whether useful or not. I am currently serving on a mission, the Texas Houston South Mission-Spanish speaking.

Why I am a Mormon

I have attended this church my entire life. However, true conversion did not take place until I was about seventeen. For a period of about four years before this age, I was essentially an atheist. I had no desires to do much, I thought God was but a myth. I learned philosophies and sciences and decided that the truth lied there, and only there. There came to a point, where I realized that I did not try to learn anything else. There was fallacy in my view of the world having not put any effort into learning about God; I had merely assumed he was not there due to the lack of evidence. I decided to learn more of religion, each family and branch of the religions of the world. I finally came to the point where I decided to pray. I had that desire that is read in the Book of Mormon Moroni 10:3-5. Praying was something that I had never truly believed in previously; it was a very different experience praying with the absolute desire to know if there was truth or not in what I have learned about. I was careful of each thing I prayed about; having studied psychology, I knew that a person could make them self believe something. After praying about other churches, and feeling disillusioned by the lack of answers, I prayed about the LDS church; it was then I felt what could not be felt by a mere psychological happenstance. I felt such joy, such happiness; I knew in that moment, that I had felt that Holy Spirit of which others have testified. I knew that this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, had the truth to what this existence is. Since then, I have found all science to support, rather than disprove, the existence of God. Christ is the Savior of the world; I have been blessed by this knowledge and have felt such joy and purpose in knowing it than I had ever had in any other ideal or philosophy.

How I live my faith

My faith is expressed through my interactions with friends, lessons I teach or am taught, and by my decisions. In my ward, I am in a position where other youth look to me as an example, and as such I try to behave as Christ would want us to behave. To my non-Mormon friends, I represent the church, and as such I have to express beliefs (moral,political, doctrinal, pretty much everything) in a way that would not lead to misunderstanding. As a part of my ward, I also go to several ward families monthly and teach them various lessons and take care of their needs. Now, as a missionary, I have the opportunity to share the gospel, my faith, with all who will hear it.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Grace is the power which we receive that comes from the great and atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Grace is what permits us to be saved, to be resurrected and it gives us the power to overcome the difficulties we have in this world. Grace is enacted when we live according to God's will, the commandments and exert every effort and sacrifice all that we can to live in harmony with him; it is only then that we are given this gift. Christ sacrificed himself to save people from their sins and not in their sins. Show more Show less