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Hi I'm Travis

I'm a Mormon, a software developer, and a kidney transplant recipient.

About Me

I'm a 35 year-old divorced software developer and system administrator from Idaho. I was raised here but have spent many years away in Utah, Oklahoma, and Texas. I love solving all kinds of problems by writing software and have been able to work in as varied of industries as video game development, data analytics, online services, and Linux operating system development. On June 19, 2009, after only 3 months on dialysis, I received a second chance at life, when I received a kidney transplant from a wonderful woman that I'll forever call my second Mom. My kidney disease, dialysis, and the transplant and many other events that have happened since have been defining moments of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a home where my mother was a Mormon and I attended church with her. As I got older, she and my father were supportive of me in whatever decisions I made regarding what I believed and how to act on those beliefs, even if they disagreed. In my later high school years, I was taking religious courses offered by our church for high school age students. It is there that I first received the desire and motivation to read the Book of Mormon. As I read with sincerity, I followed the promise that Moroni gives and prayed to know and understand for myself. I received a witness and an understanding by the Holy Ghost. Things I read made sense in my mind and in my heart. I was finding myself being and wanting to be a better person. Since then, my witness has only grown as I have felt the Spirit's influence in my life as I have immersed myself in the scriptures, as I have spent time with others from the church, and as I have attended the temple. It has been what ties me to the love of Jesus Christ and His love is what is guiding me today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in very personal ways, but also ways that reach out to the community of faith around me. In my private life, I live my faith by studying and pondering the words of the scriptures, praying, living a clean and healthy life, and seeking to help others. I reach out to everyone I can, whether they be Mormon or not. But, I also have been asked just recently to help the boy scouts in my local congregation, to help the young men progress towards their Eagle Scout awards. In the past, I've also been able to play the piano in meetings on Sundays or help out with the record keeping needed for my congregation. But, I have also learned to live my faith by learning to receive. I believe Christ commanded us to follow his example and make sacrifices for others. It brought me peace and acceptance of the great gift of the kidney transplant as I was able to see that this was my donor's way of living her faith too.