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Hi I'm Spencer Jackson

I'm currently serving my mission in the Utica, New York mission. I used to play and coach lax. And love to work with my hands.

About Me

My dad passed away when I was 11 and since then I fell away from the church. I continued going to church because I mom insisted that I needed to be there. However the principles of the church were always with me and eventually those principles brought me back to the church and prepared me to go on my mission. I have both played and coached lacrosse. I have also played soccer, basketball, rugby, and ran cross country. I attended Boise State University for 1 year before my mission. I love to do outdoor activities (fishing, hiking, biking, long boarding, etc), play games, wood working, fixing things, and driving and working on cars. I also have a deep respect for the military. My dad was a civilian employee of the government, and so we lived near Naval bases a lot. I also love doing acts of service and the feeling it gives both me and the people I see. But its the joy I see in other people that gives me that amazing feeling of joy, gratitude, and selflessness. Much of my attitude towards things and behavior I learned from my dad. My dad had such a big influence on my life that even now after he's been gone for so long, he still has an effect on the decisions I make.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and so I always took it for granted, as many do. But the time that I truly gained my testimony was in my second semester of college. I got the missionaries assigned to me as my home teachers. Each time we met they challenged my views on missions. At the time I viewed them as intrusive and forcing your religion on others. But then one time I opened up to the missionaries an experience I had teaching my girl friend about the plan of salvation. She was having difficulty with her fathers death. And since I had some experience dealing with it because of my dad's passing I decided to teach her (this was while had fallen away). And when I had finished she seemed to be more at peace and hopeful. When the elders told me that was why I would make a great missionary it changed my view. I went home and tore my place apart looking for my scriptures. When I found them I randomly turned to Helaman chapters 8-9. And when I read that passage I knew I needed to serve a mission and that the LDS church was the true church. Now I view missions as a chance to present people with a way to improve their lives and find truth, peace, and happiness. After all people can't find what they are truly looking for if they don't know where to look.

How I live my faith

Currently I do not have a calling in the church. I have in the past planned and coordinated activities for the youth, I have participated in activities, and I have even taught the youth and adults as needed. My two favorite ways to live my faith is through service and home teaching. I love to do it through service because there is no better way to show your love and the love of Christ then doing a kind act for another one of his children. Home teaching is an extension of that same concept. Because home teaching is the churches way of ensuring that all the needs of its members are being met, both physically and spiritually. Soon I will be showing my faith even more by serving a mission for the LDS church in the state of New York.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Spencer Jackson
No one is required to serve a mission. For more than 2 years I had decided I would not serve a mission. Then I had a change of heart and was spiritually converted to the church. I'm now choosing to go on a mission. Many church members encourage you to go on a mission if you're eligible to, sometimes over zealously. But ultimately it is your choice. If you go on your mission you should first find the desire, then strive to keep the commandments, and then submit your papers. But with out the desire you can not serve an effective full time mission. Nor should you. But you will be blessed in many ways if you are able to find that desire within yourself. Show more Show less