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Hi I'm Spencer Waddoups

I am from Utah. I am a college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have recently graduated with my bachelor's degree in biology. My plan is to go to pharmacy school and become a pharmacist, so that I can provide for my family and also so I can reach out to elderly people. (I love to be around the elderly, often I feel that they are overlooked and underrated by others.) I love skiing, hiking, and being outside where I can see the hand of God in beauties of nature. History and geography were my favorite school subjects, and I love reading about them. I speak 3 languages (in order of fluency) English, Vietnamese, and Spanish. I love life! There is so much to enjoy and something to enjoy in each day if we will look for it. I have, as we all do, hardships and difficulties, but through them all I have come to learn time and time again that God lives and is very involved in our lives! As long as we trust in Him, knowing that He is truly in charge, we will find that everything in our lives will be all right in the end!

Why I am a Mormon

Beyond learning of the importance of keeping the commandments of the Savior (which is one of the most important thing I or anyone else can ever learn!) as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have also learned that God has provided a way for each of us to be bound together with our families forever, that the words "till death do you part" need not define the duration of our marriages or families. When I think about those that are most important to me my Mom, Dad, brother, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins are the first people that come to mind. God has provided sacred ordinances (or performances or rites) and authority for those who are obedient to God's teachings that enable us to live with those that we love the most forever as a family unit, just like we do today. I find it extremely comforting to know that my parents have received these ordinances so that when they pass away I will not need to wonder if I will ever see them again because they are and will always be my parents because we have been bound together as a family by the power of God. Not only will my parents always be mine, but I am striving to live according to Christ's teachings so that when I get married I too can receive of these ordinances that will allow my wife and my children to be with me forever. What a blessing that is! This is my strongest desire and gives me the greatest hope and strength to keep God's commandments. It is for this reason that Christ died for my sins, so that each day I can change, ask for forgiveness, and through His forgiving grace return to live with Him and family forever. That is why we are here on earth, to learn to become like God and return to Him and our families to receive every happiness which we can possibly imagine and much more!

How I live my faith

In my life I have discovered that when I strive to reach out and serve others, just as the Lord Jesus Christ did while He was here upon the earth, I am happiest. One of my favorite things to do is to visit elderly widows and widowers in my neighborhood. The Savior asks each of us to reach out and help individuals, just as He did in healing the blind, deaf, lame, and ill.... one by one. Each day I read the words of the Lord as contained in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other scriptures and feel of His love. I know that as learn of Him as He has asked I come to a clearer understanding why I am here and have a greater determination to live as He has taught. Whenever I facing a troubling spot in my day or feel that I need a little extra help I pray to God and know that He listens and cares for me. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have had the opportunity and responsibility to work with the leadership (the bishop and his assistants, the bishop performs a similar role to a pastor) of my congregation and felt of the Lord's leadership in the guidance of His Church. I strive to live my faith by simply doing what I am asked by the Lord through both the scriptures and the leaders of His Church. As I have done so I know that I am doing what is pleasing to the Lord because I feel at peace, and that feeling of peace is something nothing else can imitate or replace.