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Hi I'm Tristan

About Me

I'm a father of four in the Pacific Northwest trying to balance family, work, community involvement, and serving others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the church as a teenager, at a time when I was looking for direction in life. Over the past few years it has become much more than that. Today I find the gospel gives me joy because I understand how my actions today fit into the grand story of the universe. There is also a strong sense of wonder, curiosity, and discovery in the church that is hard to describe but fills me with an energy and passion that spills over into my job and my relationship with my family.

How I live my faith

I direct the efforts of about half the men to ensure that the younger families in the church have whatever they need, whether it's help moving, support during an illness, or assistance finding employment. I also oversee teaching and activities for this group of men.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was really brought forth in three stages (four if you count translation into languages other than English). Prophets in the Western Hemisphere from the time of Jeremiah in the Old Testament until after the time of Christ wrote prophecies, sermons, and history. The last two of these prophets, named Mormon and Moroni, edited, condensed, and annotated these in addition to adding some material of their own. Last, Joseph Smith translated the record through the gift and power of God. Because of the compiling by Mormon and Moroni and the unique role of Joseph Smith in translating, I think of the Book of Mormon as a collaborative work among prophets across thousands of years. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

If you want to know, ask. The church was established after a teenager (Joseph Smith), confused about religion, sought guidance from God through prayer. That idea - of having direct access to knowledge from God through prayer to guide your life - is absolutely still valid today, and the most important thing we can know from God is the manner in which we should live our lives and worship Him. Learn a little bit about the church, have the faith and trust that your inquiry will be answered, and then ask God earnestly. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Fundamentally, we believe (as do most Christians) that we can only be saved through the grace of Jesus Christ. Specifically, we believe that it is by grace (rather than by nature or our own efforts) that we desire to do good in the first place. Having our natures changed so that we are like Christ would be completely impossible without His help and grace throughout our lives. Ultimately, eternal life - living in the presence of God - wouldn't be possible without being admitted into his presence by Christ as an act of grace. Show more Show less