Hi I'm Gentry Tramel
I love cars, I love working on them and am your typically dude! I love baseball, football, basketball and last but not least, Golf. Golf tops them all FOR sure. I love the outdoors, and camping and boating with family and friends. I love traveling and visiting my dad who lives in NYC new york. I love new experiences and have always longed to find truth in my life, and recently have found it!
Why I am a Mormon
I have quite the story but have no room for it all! Long story short, I fell away from this church for a long time, didn't care about it, and never took it seriously. I didn't care about school and was all about what I was living for that weekend, and lived off substance abuse. There were times where I was so lost and confused, I had no where to go. I prayed often but never really felt close, because I wasn't sincere. One night I felt prompted to read The Book of Mormon, best day of my life. I finally decided through the spirit that I was going to strive to what I wanted my whole life, to be a missionary. The repentance process was long, and often rough and discouraging at times, but making this descision brought that spirit back into my life, prompted me to move out of the apartment I was in with my friends, and move back home and pursue the gospel. I'm so glad and I praise the Lord each and every day for the help and strength he gave me. I am now serving as a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints in Los Angeles, and have never been so happy in my life. To be able to share my experiences and bring light to those lifes that might be full of darkness, as mine was, and bring them to Christ, our Savior. I love this gospel also because I can spend the Eternities with my family, they mean so much to me. Heaven without them would not be heaven to me, and I'm proud to be a Mormon.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
There are many critics out there calling this book a "fake" or "made up". But after reading it, I could not fathom in any way possible that it could possibly be 'false' or 'made up'. Everything made sense, i KNEW it was true. I kept feeling waves of happiness and peace in my life. Everything started to become better, i became happier, happier than i had ever been before in my life. One thing that really touched me while reading it was the words of one of the prophets saying, "if you don't believe on these words, at least believe in christ", just reaffriming the fact that Jesus is the Christ, regardless what you think about The Book of Mormon, hence the subtitle, "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." I re read this book so many times and every time i do, i learn something new and perpetually have that feeling of happiness and joy in my life. I love it, I absolutely love it.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
I'm going to be honest, i had no plans on serving a mission when i was younger. I had always had a desire to, but never wanted to fully committing myself. After reading the Book of Mormon, It just came natural to me to go out, to preach the word of God, the gospel of Christ, and the Atonement. Naturally after reading this book i WANTED to go out, and naturally wanted to tell people how I've obtained this happiness I've never felt in my life. I care a lot about those people around me and wanted to share the gospel with others!
How I live my faith
I live my faith by having a natural desire to do what is right, attending church every Sunday, and having the spirit of Christ in me each and every day. I used to mock those that chose the right, and the church. But i do now truly understand the teachings and the warnings. I study the gospel continually, my scriptures, the book of Mormon, hold the priesthood, and share talks and my message of hope and love with those of my friends who are not of my faith, and am serving as a missionary to the people of Los Angeles.