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Hi I'm Tristan

I am a husband and father. I am an outdoor enthusiast. I am a professional helicopter pilot. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised about an hour south of Seattle, Washington. When I was growing up, I did a lot of inline skating at skate parks and loved to snowboard up in the Cascades. I love camping and did a lot of while in Scouting. I love the feeling of being outside and being away from all the noise and commotion of the city, and camping and hiking is one way to do that for me. I've climbed Mt. Hood in Northern Oregon several times, and Mt. Rainier in Washington State. There's nothing like standing on top of a mountain. I went to Puerto Rico in 2000-2002 as a missionary and learned a lot. When I returned, I ended up getting into helicopter flight school and began my flight training. I got all my licenses from Private to Certified Flight Instrument Instructor by November 2004 and eventually got a job in Tucson, Arizona. After an accident in October 2005, I moved back home until I was able to get another job. Within 4 days of being home, I met my wife! Talk about timing. I accepted another job in West Palm Beach, Florida and began instructing again. Once my wife and I were married in August of 2006, we moved her stuff to Florida and we began the adventure of marriage together. I started flying offshore in the Gulf of Mexico in October 2007 and have been flying there ever since. We had our first child in August 2009, our second in Septmber 2011 and have loved being parents. We're lucky enough to call the Pacific Northwest home and have so much around us to do!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both members of the church before I was born and have been active my whole life. I was born into a family that regularly went to church and spent time together, often discussing gospel principles and scriptures. I remember that when I was a young teenager that I was faced with friends with different standards and I had to decide for myself where I stood and what I believed. As I studied the scriptures and prayed, I felt good and knew that what I was reading and learning was right. From that point on, I began to learn more about Jesus Christ and His gospel and started to develop a love and trust in Him. I have found that by learning of Him and being obedient to the laws and doctrines He has established, I have found more happiness and peace in my life than was ever possible on my own.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by learning and understanding the principles that Jesus taught, and more importantly, in applying them to my life. The application tends to be the difficult part of the equation. In my daily life, I try to be honest and trustworthy, try to give and do my best to my family, my employer, and my community. I try to look for opportunities to serve and lighten the load of people around me. I'm not always that good at it, but I find as I reach out to help others, my own challenges are easier to handle and I'm happier as well.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Temples are places of worship, similar to chapels, but have a different purpose. They are dedicated to be the highest expression of our faith in our Father in Heaven and our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is in the temples that we make promises to be obedient to our Father in Heaven and to be of service to our neighbors, something like the promises we make at baptism, but these promises are deeper and more specific. The things that happen in the temple are available to anyone who is willing to prepare themselves to receive them, but without proper preparation, one would not understand the deep significance of it or be ready to live up to the promises they make. Those who have prepared themselves and are living their lives according to the laws and principles that Jesus taught are not only able, but encouraged to attend the temple frequently to enter into those same covenants in behalf of their ancestors who weren't able to do so themselves. Show more Show less