Hi I'm Troy
After years of soul searching, I'm happy to be a Mormon.
I grew up surrounded by the natural beauty of Montana where I took full advantage of many outdoor adventures including; driving my car into a lake, nearly drowning on a raging river and getting chased by several wild animals (some of which were the human species). I joined the Navy after high school for the opportunity to see the world, but in the first month of living in a big city, I got mugged TWICE in the very SAME day! I am married to Anya who defected from the former USSR when she was a teenager. We think our 5 kids are pretty much the best we've ever been parents of in our entire life.
Why I am a Mormon
Growing up I thought 'churchy' people were just made differently than I was. I had convinced myself that even if there was a God, He wouldn't want anything to do with someone with faults like me. By the age of 25, I began recognizing the consequences of living 'for the moment' and realized there must be greater meaning to life than how I had been living it. One night ignoring my doubts, I decided to earnestly pray. As I started pouring my heart out to God for his forgiveness, the walls I had built over many years began to crumble and the most exquisite feeling of peace and love that I had ever felt washed over me. The experience was indescribable, but I compare it to being reunited with a loving parent that knew my every fear, sorrow, hurt and weakness and yet loved me with an unfathomable amount of love that was seemed to fill me with hope and light. That night after some time I went back to bed knowing without a doubt that God truly exists, knows me personally, and loves all His children perfectly. My life drastically changed overnight. I wanted to live up to the new found potential I saw in myself. I quit smoking, drinking and began making new choices. Through Christ's atonement and teachings, I learned I can draw closer to God and always have a portion of His spirit as a constant companion. It lifts, guides and makes me want to be a better husband, father, and friend than I could ever be on my own.
How I live my faith
The Apostle Peter asked Jesus the question “What manner of persons ought ye to be?” Christ answered him saying "even as I am". The Savior's life, teaching, friendship, and love is the purest example we can set to emulate in our own lives. I have found I am at my happiest when in the service of others, and life is the most rewarding when I'm actively seeking to follow His example. As I strive to follow Christ's teaching I have noticed my life becomes less complicated and more meaningful. Christ said "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 13th Article of Faith provides a great description for what it is to follow Christ's example; "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."