Hi I'm Travis
My wife and I live in Texas with our four kids. I work as a Business Analyst and enjoy the challenges of working to solve real-world business problems. We keep pretty busy with my work and chasing after our four little ones, but for fun we like to go on walks, relax with friends, and see the sites around town. After serving a mission for the Church in Guatemala, Spanish has become a big part of who I am. My wife and I speak Spanish around the home and enjoy hearing our little ones speaking Spanish and English. If you happen to know me, feel free to ask me questions. I love sharing what I have come to know as true!
Why I am a Mormon
The short answer is that I feel that being a Mormon, or living the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, makes me happy and gives me peace that someday I’ll return to God’s presence with my family. Life can be hard, but I find that the Gospel gives me the strength and joy I need. I grew up in a Mormon family and never really doubted the teachings of the Church. However, there came a time that I had to know for myself. I prayed to know if the Church was true and did all I could to discover the truth. I came to realize on my own that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's true Church. That realization did not come all at once in some marvelous religious experience, but rather little by little as I felt God's confirmation of the truth. Now I am more sure of this knowledge than I am about anything else in life. I have come to love God and His son Jesus Christ and their Church. I truly feel that every good thing in my life I owe to my membership in the Church.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is simply a way to communicate with God. I know from many personal, powerful experiences that God does in fact hear and answer prayers. I try to pray often and I find that it helps me make good decisions and helps me feel happy. Jesus taught us that prayer can be a great help to us in our day to day lives.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
Missionary work has always been an important part of the Lord's Church. He expects those who have been blessed with the truth to then share the message with others. He asks all members of His Church to share the Gospel, but He also calls some people to be official missionaries. We normally refer to a missionary as someone called of God through His prophet to leave home and family to spread the Gospel to others on a full-time basis. I had the chance to spend 2 years in Guatemala as a full-time missionary and teach the good people there. Missionaries are not paid for their service. In fact, most have to come up with a way to fund their own expenses before leaving home. Missionaries most often wear little black name badges and are always found in groups of 2 or more.
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
Since the time of Adam and Eve God has called prophets to teach His plan and Gospel to His children. Each time God called a prophet there was a subsequent rejection of the truth and a falling away. But our merciful Father would call a new prophet to restore the truth. When Christ came He established his church and again called prophets and apostles. Unfortunately, there was another falling away, or apostasy from the truth and many of the truths of Jeus' teachings were lost or distorted. One thing I am absolutely certain about is that Christ again restored His church with prophets and apostles in our day. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church; He is the head of the Church and leads and guides it through men called of God to be prophets and apostles. All the truths about God's plan that had been lost or distorted after Christ's death have been restored and taught to us again.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by trying to follow Jesus' perfect example as best I can. I try to find ways to give service in the Church and in the community. I attend my church meetings on Sundays. As often as I can I tell others about the peace and joy the Gospel has brought to my life. I read the Bible, Book or Mormon, and other Scriptures to learn God's will for me and my family and I try my best to put into practice the things I learn. I know I'm not perfect...nobody is. But I try to do my best and help others along the way.