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Hi I'm Sandee Spencer

I'm a wife a mother and a grandmother. I love to travel and enjoy the outdoors. I love to enjoying adventures with my family.

About Me

I am a mother of 5 and finally a grandmother of 2. I love to travel and to read. I love to walk and spend time outdoors. I especially love the beach. One of my current hobbies is raising chickens and I have a cute little flock of exotic chickens. I love my friends and family and especially love staying connected to them through the internet. My husband and I love to travel and have adventures in other countries. We have tubed through underground glow worm caves in New Zealand, hang glided over the city of Rio de Janeiro, rode Segways in the streets of down town Paris and scuba dived the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. One of our favorite ways to connect with local folks everywhere we go is to take part in a Sunday church service. We always feel instantly at home!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I want to worship and serve in God's church as it is set up on the earth. Also because I love the teachings and precepts of the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and they bring joy and peace to my family! One thing I love about attending church is the friendships and kindness I receive there. There is truly someone in our congregation that models every virtue I am seeking in my own life. I love watching their examples and trying to emulate their goodness. Of course we all have flaws as well...we are all works in progress and forgiving ourselves and others as we all struggle to become better people is part of the wonderful process. When the missionaries taught me as a young teenager it rang true with me right away. I loved everything they taught me. I've read and studied many books since then and spent much time studying the scriptures but that first warm feeling has remained the same it was the sweet whispering of the spirit telling me I had found a home in the Lord's church on the earth.

How I live my faith

I am a busy and happy member of the church. I mainly serve in two areas. I help the teachers that teach an early morning scripture study course for high school students. I taught a class myself for 13 years and now I help other teachers to become better teachers. I also teach an adult Sunday school class. Besides that I have 5 sisters that I watch over. Along with my girlfriend Gail we visit these ladies in their home every month to visit and share a message and check if they are in need of any special help. 3 of the ladies we visit live in a home with 8 pug dogs. It is a happy and lively home to visit. This month we walked 4 of the dogs while we visited. That was great fun! I love to serve and help in the church! I love serving in the church because it gives me opportunities to learn to love people and to continually try to become more like the Savior.

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

Sandee Spencer
We believe that because of the atonement of Christ we will live again after death. We believe that God has many mansions there and has prepared a place for us. We believe that there are levels of kingdoms depending on our desire to live God's laws but that everyone will receive a kingdom of Glory. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Sandee Spencer
Mormons do not have a paid clergy but instead all members of the congregation are invited to serve in some capacity. We find that we increase our faith and hone our skills as we serve in various assignments. A man might serve as a Bishop of a congregation for a few years and then teach a class of 3 year olds. A woman might admininstrate as the head of the children's program for a time and then be assigned to lead the music in the general meeting. It's a delight to experience all aspects of service in the church. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Sandee Spencer
The Mormon Church does not endorse political parties or candidates. They are 100% not partisan. However they do encourage citizens of every country to be active in their political process. They encourage us to study issues and policies, vote in every election and support candidates that we believe will best serve their country. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Sandee Spencer
We believe that Jesus Christ established baptism by immersion as a requirement to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. He thought this doctrine so important that he modeled for us what we are to do. We also believe it is vital to be baptized by someone who can trace their authority to be baptized back to the Savior himself. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Sandee Spencer
As members of the church we believe in the direction given in Malachi in the Old Testament that instructs us to tithe (give 10% of our income) as a volunteer faith offering. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Sandee Spencer
All Mormons are invited to serve missions. Young men and women can serve when they are in their late teens. Additionally older couples or women can serve in their retirement years. Missionary service is not a requirement but a priviledge and opportunity. My husband and I can't wait to go. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Sandee Spencer
By praying and by listening. For me this testimony came easily. When the missionaries shared the gospel with me I instantly knew it was right. Others struggle to find that knowledge. My advice is to pray and read and do. Do those things that the missionaries ask you to do. And then trust your thoughts and feelings. Do you feel happier? Does it feel right? Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Sandee Spencer
The Book of Mormon is a record of a people that populated the Americas. It contains information about these people and their relationship with God. It also talks about a visit by the Savior to these people. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Sandee Spencer
As members of the church we believe life to be sacred and treasure the opportunity to provide for sweet spirits that come to take their turn on earth. We are against abortion for personal convenience and because of that members of the church are told not to submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange abortions. Some exceptions to this counsel might come in the case of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or if a physician determines pregnancy could put the life of the mother in serious jeopardy. In these situations members would counsel with their church leaders and be very prayerful in making a decision.  Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Sandee Spencer
Yes if a marriage is solemnized in one of our temples and the husband and wife stay true to the promises and covenants they make to one another and to God their family unit can continue into eternity. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Sandee Spencer
The Mormon Church (our regular meeting houses) are open to the public for all Sunday meetings as well as our youth and women's organizations. Our temples however limit attendance to only the most devout Mormons that qualify themselves to be given a temple recommend. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Sandee Spencer
We Mormons love the Bible and study and read from it regularly. We do regard it as Holy Scripture. I especially love the four Gospels and the stories about the Savior Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Sandee Spencer
Yes Mormons believe the bible to be Holy Scripture and the word of God. We love and use the Bible so much that it is constantly cross referanced in our other scriptures. This year we are studying the Old Testament in our adult Sunday School class. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Sandee Spencer
Because we believe we are all children of God and that God desires that the blessings and privileges that are enjoyed by members of his church should be offered to all men we do proselyte. My 3 sons served missions in Argentina, Mexico and Brazil where they traveled at their own expense and spent 2 years when they were 19 years old to share the sweet knowledge of God that they enjoy. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Sandee Spencer
The Word of Wisdom is the health code given to us by our early Prophet Joseph Smith. It discourages the use of alcohol, drugs and stimulants and excessive eating of meat. It encourages the liberal use of all plants (fruits and vegetables) and grains. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Sandee Spencer
Mormons believe in helping their families, other church members, their community and those in need in other communities and nations. When we recently had a hurricane here in Central Florida the men from our congregation went to the home of one of my husband's employees to remove a tree and repair some damages. Mormons love to serve. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Sandee Spencer
No Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We revere him as a Prophet of God and a man of great faith and courage but we do not worship him. We worship only God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Sandee Spencer
Authority is important in many aspects of life. In order for someone to perform a marriage or issue a driver's license or write a traffic ticket there must be the proper authority. Those without authority could attempt these activities but they would not be valid or respected by the community. Likewise there must be authority to baptize and since this is an ordinance of God he clearly outlines how his authority will be given. I am grateful that Joseph Smith sought this power of God and that he was visited by John the Baptist and the apostles Peter, James and John who had this authority and were able to confer it upon him. Because Joseph Smith obtained this authority and in turn conferred it on others I was able to be baptized by this same ancient authority! I am blessed to have God honor and accept my baptism. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Sandee Spencer
I am so grateful that because God loves his children he continues to provide a Prophet to show us the way. Our world is much more confusing and full of wickedness than it was in the days of Abraham and Moses. I know that God knows and loves his children in all generations and that He cares as much about our day as he did in ancient days. Out of love and kindness he provides a Prophet to give us guidance and direction. Show more Show less