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Hi I'm Spencer Allgaier

I'm from Frederick, Maryland. I'm a state champion for soccer. I'm a student studying business at BYU. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I was born into the church in North Carolina but spent most of my life in Maryland, gaining a humble amount of state pride. I am currently preparing for a mission reporting March 4th to the Mexico Monterrey West mission. I'm very excited to be able to share my knowledge with the people in the area as well as to grow so much in the next two years. I will continue my education upon my return to the best university in the world, in my opinion, BYU, to pursue a degree in business management. I love soccer and hope to apply that in my studies and even my future career.

Why I am a Mormon

Every member has or will have their own conversion story, even if they are born into the church. I am very lucky to have my whole family very active in the church being able to build off of their experiences and have a gospel foundation from a very young age. My conversion story isn't a sudden moment of realization, but a slow and steady growth. Seminary in high school illustrated this growth when I would show up very late and sleep most of the classes. This happened until my second year when my Dad, the seminary teacher, got sick with a late stage of colon cancer, my family would find out later that it would be incurable despite months of treatments. From December 2011 to September 2012, he would go through chemotherapy among other treatments before passing away. My older brother left for college and later a mission, leaving me the man of the house with my Mom, younger brother and youngest sister. I didn't let it get the best of me, not past the first week. Because of my knowledge of the gospel and especially the plan of salvation, I knew that my Dad was in a better place and his amazing example is an inspiration to me every day. Back to seminary. As I said before, it wasn't a sudden conversion, so it took me about a year to build up to getting there exactly on time. By my senior year, I was class president and participating in the lessons every day. It was my goal to get there before my vice. I was also home teaching, teaching lessons and being cleaner with my language around my friends. Since my Dad's passing, I wouldn't say that it has gotten any easier dealing with the loss, but people who do deal with a trial get stronger and in that respect, it is easier to endure.

How I live my faith

Since becoming a priest I have cherished the opportunity to home teach. It has been one of the most influential parts of living the gospel to me. It has helped me to become a better teacher and a better listener. The lessons I am able to prepare also give me guidelines to help me in my own life. Plus, I love being able to have an excuse to meet new, very friendly people.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Spencer Allgaier
Missionaries are around to bring you happiness. If you have the opportunity to have them at your home, they will first want to get to know about your life and tell you little about theirs. They will also teach you the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including Heavenly Father's great plan of salvation which allows all people the opportunity to return to Him. The missionaries will also invite you to make commitments that may, at the time, seem strange and difficult, but will visibly better your life. Whether or not you choose to keep those commitments is completely up to you. Show more Show less