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Hi I'm Spencer

I was raised in the south, I am a brother, I am a student, I am a deep thinker, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Charlestown Indiana, I'm the middle child of three boys. I love my family, even though we never get along. Snowboarding, basketball, football, soccer are my hobbies.

Why I am a Mormon

From the time I was about 13 to 18 I was not religious. I'd been raised in this church, but my family didn't regularly attend, and I was the kid who didn't want to be held down by all these rules. I had fun with my friends, and would way rather spend an afternoon with them then going to church. I thought it was pointless and outdated. When I was about 18, I was living out on my own, and finally read the whole Book of Mormon all the way through, after some prodding from a school teacher I knew. I was expecting to feel something just from reading it, and I did notice that I was less stressed out when I read the scriptures, but I didn't think there was much to it. I finally decided that I needed to pray about it, like it talks about in the book's introduction. So I knelt and prayed. I must have been praying for about ten minutes (by far the longest prayer of my life so far) when I finally asked God, really wanting to know, if the Book of Mormon was really true. I'd really starting thinking about lately what exactly it is that happens when we die. And I knew if this book was true, that it had the actual real answer I was looking for. I did get an answer, as I prayed, I felt like my chest was getting all warm. I felt like God was close by, closer than I'd ever felt him before. I felt it powerfully. Really powerfully. I've never felt anything that powerful, before or since. It was just incredible. Because of that, I knew there were things that I needed to change in my life. I decided to go on a mission... and honestly, in comparison, I was pretty miserable back then. It's not that I was a terrible person, but I was looking for fulfillment where there wasn't any fulfillment to be found. Honestly I really am way grateful for that prayer that was answered. I don't know why I'd been so stubborn before. Well, I do know why. I was a knot head. But God had His plan and time for me. I just wish I'd have been ready for it sooner.

How I live my faith

This was written while I served a mission and I decided to just keep it this way, "So, obviously, as a missionary there's no real big secret as to how Mormon I really am. As a missionary, you ride bikes...goofy helmets, and you try to talk to as many people as possible. Honestly, if I wasn't a member of the church, I would want someone to try to talk to me about it. I don't get paid anything, and I don't date, go to school, or really do anything else but try to teach others the Gospel of Christ. When I first started at it, I was nervous all the time. But now I feel comfortable connecting to people. Along with testifying of what I believe in, I can't really do that unless I follow what I try to teach. I really think the small, so often repeated things are the most important. Try to live the best you can, repent of your sins, read the scriptures and pray."

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

The thing that I think is great about what we believe is that we believe that God loves all his children. Nobody gets 'thrown away' like it's talked about in so many churches. Nobody gets a ticket to a hot fiery furnace for eternity. We believe there is an equal chance for every person to get to learn about Christ and accept what He taught. If they never hear the words 'Jesus Christ' before they die, or if they die too young to learn for themselves, they aren't any worse off for it. It's just like a continuation of what goes on in this life. If you choose wrong, you'll get the miserable consequences. If you choose right, you'll gain eternal life through Jesus Christ's atonement. We believe there are many mansions in the Kingdom of God and that you will get exactly what will be best for you, if you chose to live closer to God, you'll move even closer to him still. If you chose to be distanced, you continue to be. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

No. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

This is a good question. First, we believe a man has to be called by God. So there is no educational boundaries set, no college degree needed, and no position that must be attained. Joseph Smith, the first modern day prophet Meaning the first prophet since the apostles were killed actually saw God and Christ, and was chosen by them face to face. It happened that way because it was impossible for it to happen the way that it used to in the bible. In Acts chapter one, at the end of the chapter, they pick a new apostle. They do it by getting together and 'casting lots' for us that'd be like rolling a dice. But basically they knew that God would inspire their 'casting lots' to direct them to the right man. Now that there are twelve Apostles again on the earth, it's a similar process. They get together, and pray, and decide unanimously who God inspires them to choose as the next Prophet. God is the one that chooses him, he just sends that message down like all his other messages, through men that are prophets and apostles. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

We celebrate every holiday. Birthday parties, Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween and every other holiday you can think of. Sometimes people mistake us for other religions that don't belief in holidays. But it's never been in our church to not celebrate any sort of a holiday. Holidays are where it's at. Show more Show less