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Hi I'm Travis

I am so grateful to have the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah, but didn't get baptized until I was 12 years old. My wife and I have four children and I support my family as an attorney. I am an avid film score collector and listener. Science fiction is my favorite genre of television. My life has brought many challenges including dealing with divorce as a young child, mental illness of a family member, tragic death of close loved ones, and overcoming shyness.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a little boy I went over to a friend's house to play. When I arrived, my friend told me that he was meeting with some "missionaries" and that it would be a little bit before he could play. I was invited to come in and wait. As I listened to the missionaries the things they had to say about the meaning of life clicked with me. Several years later I was baptized and I continue to be grateful for my membership in the church. The Savior once said that "Ye shall know them by their fruits" and I have to say the fruits of my membership have and continue to bless my life. Life has taken on a greater meaning, knowing that this life is not the end. In fact, we have so much to look forward to in the life to come, but that life depends on our embracing the Savior in this life and striving to keep His commandments. The church and the gospel have given me the tools to be happy including the scriptures as a guidepost, the words of living prophets who profess God's will for our day, holy temples to receive ordinances to bind my family not only for this life, but for eternity, the Holy Spirit to be a guide, and so many other things.

How I live my faith

We live in a small community and enjoy attending church as part of a small congregation. Since our local church is small it is headed by a branch president instead of a bishop. For the last several years I have served as a counselor or assistant to the branch president. My calling has stretched me in many ways including helping me to become more comfortable in front of groups. I speak in church several times a year. Doing so has helped me to grow in my understanding of Heavenly Father's plan and to come closer to the Savior as I have prepared my talks.

Are Mormons Christians?

A Christian is defined by the dictionary as someone that professes belief in Jesus as Christ or who follows the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus. By definition Mormons are Christian. The Savior Jesus Christ, his teachings, and doctrine are central to everything I do in the church, the way I live my life and teach my children. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is a record of prophets among a people, known as the Nephites, who lived on the American continent from about 600 BC to 400 AD. Just like prophets among the Jews in ancient times and the apostles in the time of Jesus Christ, prophets among the Nephites preserved spiritual lessons, experiences, and teachings for later generations to benefit. One of the last prophets among the Nephites, Mormon, compiled and edited a single record from all of the prior Nephite prophet records. The book bears his name, not because he is worshiped, but because of the role he played in compiling the record. The book is filled with stories of faith, sacrifice, and doctrine. It teaches that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world. Show more Show less

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

The most profound teaching influencing my life is explained well in Matthew 11:28-30: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." The Savior has given me hope because I am not alone in this life. By accepting his sacrifice for my sins, I can be forgiven. The scriptures tell us that no unclean thing can enter God's kingdom. Even one sin would be enough to keep us out. The Savior's sacrifice or atonement has given me and you rest because we don't have to be perfect. Instead we must accept and follow Him, keep his commandments, and repent and we are promised forgiveness and the ability to return to God's presence. In comparison to keeping all of God's commandments, all of the time, all on our own, the Savior's yoke (the things He requires of us) upon us truly is light in comparison. How grateful I am for the Savior! Show more Show less