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Hi I'm Travis

I’m a litigation attorney. I listen to punk rock music. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy: Playing the guitar. Listening to music. Following college and professional sports. Spending time with my family. I studied philosophy and played hockey in college.

Why I am a Mormon

In 2010, the band '30 Seconds to Mars' released a music video for its song “Closer to the Edge.” In it, fans' comments overlay an instrumental portion of the song. One fan says: “Some people believe in God; I believe in music. Some people pray; I turn up the radio.” Another fan says: “Music makes the world go 'round. And for me, if it wasn’t around, I wouldn’t be around right now.”    Those comments describe how I felt as a teenager. The feelings I got from energetic and melodic punk rock music helped me get through tough times. See also: Rancid, “Radio” (1993) (“When I got the music, I got a place to go / when the music hits I feel no pain at all”) and The Bouncing Souls, “Lamar Vannoy” (1996) (“People and money came and went and the only things that stayed the same were the feelings he felt when those records played”) and "Gone" (2001) ("It was a darkness all my own / a song played on the radio / it went straight to my heart / I carried it with me until the darkness was gone"). During some difficult times in my life, I was fortunate to be able to seek out the feelings that came from positive and heartfelt punk rock music. That music still energizes and inspires me today.  I joined the LDS Church at age 18. As a Mormon, I have learned powerful spiritual ways to cope with challenges.  Today I am happy. That does not come just from good music in my life. I have found sustained feelings of hope, peace, and joy from being part of the Church of Jesus Christ. To paraphrase the 30 Seconds fan: I still love to turn up the radio, but I know I can find true peace through prayer.

How I live my faith

As a teenager who often got into trouble, one of the turning points in my life came when I thought about being a parent myself one day: How will I teach my kids to avoid my mistakes? What standards of conduct should I provide to my kids as a point of reference? Is there a better way to deal with disappointments and challenges? Is there a better – more sustained – way to be happy? In the midst of unsuccessfully trying to answer these questions myself, I was able to speak with two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The answer was clear. As the Book of Mormon teaches: "Remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds,  yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." Jesus Christ's teachings provide a sound standard of conduct to live by. They have introduced much-needed peace and happiness into my life. I try to share what has worked for me with my children. In doing so, they are becoming grounded on that strong foundation. Bringing up my children with the knowledge of who Christ is, what he did for us, and how he asks us to live is one of the primary joys of my life.