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Hi I'm Trent

I'm a student, a rookie father, a happy husband, and a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from college in 2011 with a degree in English, and a minor in Spanish. I am going to law school, living in Chicago. My wife and I have two kids: the oldest a girl, the youngest a boy. I enjoyed snowboarding, swimming, reading American literature until school and children monopolized my time. I love the unique dynamic we enjoy in my family as my Mexican wife and I raise our children speaking Spanish, and as we thoroughly enjoy delicious Mexican food. I often feel overwhelmed and weighed down with anxiety, particularly when life's endless challenges shift course in ways I do not expect. But I find fulfillment and growth as I succeed despite opposition. I am confident that my faith allows me to feel a greater degree peace and happiness than I otherwise would feel without it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was BORN a mormon because my parents are mormon. My parents are mormon, as were my grandparents, and my great-gran... you get the picture. I am STILL a mormon because, through prayer and grace and honest introspection, I have gained a deeply personal conviction that Jesus Christ lives, that he loves and cares for me, and that this is his church and that he wants me to be a part of it. Besides the many secondary benefits of being mormon--always finding a network of supportive friends practically anywhere in the world, constant involvement in fun and uplifting activities, access to an affordable world-class education, etc--being mormon also means that I find meaning and guidance in every aspect of my life, from the physical to the spiritual to the intellectual. It means I know who I really am, why I am here on Earth, and what awaits after this life. It means understanding better and better what my Savior, Jesus Christ, has done for me so that my mistakes and weaknesses do not have to weigh me down. Being mormon means knowing I can be happy to be myself--as flawed as I may be--without losing hope in a brighter future with my family. It means that if at first I don't succeed, I can try, try again UNTIL I succeed.

How I live my faith

I live my faith mostly by trying to be decent, and kind, and thoughtful of those around me. Once a month, I abstain from food and drink for 24 hours and donate the money I saved by not eating to the needy. I do service as a hometeacher, which means that at least once a month I try and visit a few different families/individuals in my local congregation to check on how they are doing and to share a short spiritual message. I try to keep my family as my highest priority, and by thinking of--and applying--ways to be a more loving husband. Importantly, I also live my faith by sharing my faith with others. If it has done so much for me and my loved ones, is it not natural for me and others to want to invite friends and strangers alike to try it?

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

The Mormon Church quickly extends its hands to those in need during times of disaster and distress, all while striving to uplift others during times of calm. One example of this relief: my father-in-law and his family live in the Yucatan Peninsula in southern Mexico. A couple years ago, when a hurricane struck the Yucatan leaving many areas flooded and damaged, care packages of necessary food and supplies were delivered to a local Mormon chapel. My father-in-law and others then loaded these packages into their family vehicles and drove several hours in torrential rains to neighboring pueblitos where, due to scarce resources, the damage was greatest. While their efforts never made the news, I believe that, for those in need, the help they provided was monumental. Show more Show less