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Hi I'm Spencer

I'm an odd mix of experiences; I can readily discuss a variety of subjects ranging from classical music to amateur radio.

About Me

My life is very involved. I play french horn; I tap dance; I am familiar with classical Latin. I am a technician class ham radio operator and an Eagle scout. I am currently serving a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I started playing horn as a secondary instrument (to trumpet) in the 8th grade. When my family moved the following summer, I continued as a trumpeter, but put the horn down. That only lasted a few months. My music teacher noticed my embouchure and offered me a place in the school's upper band if I would switch to horn. So I did. I have two favorite pieces for horn: the Richard Strauss Concerto for Horn no.1 in Eb Major, op. 11 and the Bernhard Heiden sonata for horn and piano. I've been tapping even longer. I started tap dancing in Kindergarten and continued all the way until my family moved. For my high school years, I didn't really get involved with dance as much; inertia kept me from enrolling in any of the area's dance schools. Since arriving at college, though, I've taken up tap again, rediscovering a love for the art form. I've been interested in classical culture since 6th grade, but didn't really pursue it. Then I found out that the high school I would be attending had a series of Latin classes, and I decided to enroll. I found one of my great cultural loves. I often will comment to myself in Latin, I've written some Latin poetry, and when possible, I will even converse in Latin.

Why I am a Mormon

I love my family. That's the only way to put it. I want to live with them after this life ends, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches that it is possible because of Christ's resurrection and the eternal Plan of Happiness. This is my hope. This is my joy. Also, the Church teaches that there is hope for those who have made mistakes, no matter how grave. I myself have made some heinous mistakes, and I believe that through the suffering of Christ I can be forgiven and overcome my sins.

How I live my faith

I've been taught my whole life that I am the literal offspring of God, that He loves me, and that He has set certain commandments in place for my benefit, because (like any good parent) He knows better than I do. Because of this, I have a deep, foundational belief that I am a son of God, and that His commandments are in my best interest. I feel that as a child of God, I have a duty to honor that parentage and to do nothing which would reflect badly on Him. I may not always be perfect in obeying my Heavenly Father's rules, but I strive to better myself, because these boundaries are more like the railing a few feet back from a cliff's edge. Yes, it might be fun to go right to the edge and look at that enormous drop, but at that point, the rock could become unstable at any moment and send me plunging to my doom. I would much rather enjoy the safe pleasures which can be found behind the railing.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Spencer
Ever since its organization in the early 1800s, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has faced persistent persecution. Because of our belief in modern prophets and scripture beyond just the Bible, among other things, we have always been seen as different, and so many people have fought against the Church. One way this has been done has been by spreading negative opinions, often through the means of lies and misinterpretations of practices, used in conjunction with words of negative connotation, such as "cult". However, we are not so different as some people might want to believe; though we have other books of scripture, the Bible is still prominent in our beliefs. We believe that Jesus Christ suffered and died to redeem us from sin; on a weekly basis we take bread and water (instead of wine) to show remembrance of His sacrifice, similar to many other Christian faiths. We pray in Christ's name and strive to follow His commandments. Though our beliefs might not match exactly with other Christian faiths, we have more in common than we have differences. Show more Show less