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Hi I'm John Spencer

I was born and grew up in southern Idaho. I served my country in the U.S. Army for 33 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I are currently retired and living close to several of our adult children and their families. My wife taught elementary school for almost 20 years, and I worked as an instructional designer while serving concurrently in the U.S. Army National Guard. I retired from the U.S. Army after 33 years of service. My wife and I share an interest in serving our community, and we have held volunteer positions in the local school district PTA and Boy Scouts of America for many years. We enjoy outdoor activities such as skiing, camping, and cycling, and we’re fortunate to live in an area that lends itself to these activities. Our most joyful and satisfying achievement has been raising our 10 children, and seeing our extended family grow. We currently have 23 grandchildren and are expecting number 24 early next year.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active Mormon family, but I found myself drifting away from activity in the church during my teenage years. At age 19 I enlisted in the U.S. Army, and I soon found myself stationed at an Army installation in central California with a wife and baby daughter. It was at this time that I began to miss the church and the fellowship of the members. I returned to church, and after about one year my wife agreed to hear the missionaries. She was soon baptized, and we were married for time and eternity in the Oakland, California LDS Temple. Seeing my wife accept the gospel has made all the difference in building my testimony of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our church membership and activity has made our family what it is today. We have been truly blessed in this life, and we know that if we are true and faithful we can look forward to being together as an eternal family.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have actively participated in our church’s Home Teaching program, where every family in the congregation receives a monthly home visit from other church members. I’m currently assigned to go with a member of our youth group to visit several of the older single women of our congregation. For several years it has been my privilege to serve in our church’s youth programs. A majority of my service has been with the scouting program where I have served in a number of positions, such as scoutmaster, cub scout den leader, Varsity coach, and Venturing advisor. I have also served as a district roundtable commissioner, where I trained adult scout leaders.