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Hi I'm Spenser

I grew up for the first 15 years of my life in Tokyo, Japan as an American. I'm going on a mission to Japan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Dayton, Ohio but six short weeks later my family of six moved to Tokyo, Japan. My dad served his mission in Fukuoka, and his employer asked if he would be willing to move to Japan. My mom, who knew no Japanese, was willing to mover with her four kids under the age of 6 to a foreign country. I grew up in downtown Tokyo going to an American school. My LDS ward was in English, and my ward became my family because everyone's extended family was across the world. When I moved to California after my freshman year of high school, I was scared. I had never moved before. It was hard for me because although I was American, I identified more with Japanese. Moving to California was one of the best things that had ever happened to me. I was able to make new friends and make a new home for myself. I graduated high school a year early. This was not something I was planning on. But my senior year I took the ACT once, enrolled in an extra class, and applied for BYU. I got accepted to BYU and I have loved every moment being here. It is the perfect school for me and it gives me the opprotunity to find my true passion of biology. I am about to serve a mission for the church back in Japan, and I can not be more thrilled.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I know this church is true. I have gotten a witness for myself, and each time I ask God to show his love for me, He does. I chose to serve a mission because this gospel has changed my life. If I had not had the gospel, my life would be different. I would not be where I am geographically, emotionally, or spiritually. This church has blessed me and made me know where I was going. I know that I was meant to serve a mission and share the goodness of this gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by strengthening it. Everday, as soon as I wake up, I kneel to pray and this shapes my day. I feel more driven to be more positive and Christ-like. I try to be more honest and loving to those around me, and I most of all want to serve others.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Tithing is an important concept. The money that is donated is used to construct temples, chapels, and other church buildings. All of which are free for visitors. Tithing is also used to help fund the missionary program. Because of tithing, I can easily afford to go on a mission without having to worry about paying for classes, housing, and other expenses. Tithing has also blessed me because I go to BYU, and the low tuition has made it possible for me to focus on school, not working. Most importantly tithing is a way for members to show where our hearts are. If we value our money more than we value God, we need to re-evaluate our priorities. Show more Show less