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Hi I'm Travis

I'm a lucky husband and a dad. I'm a gardner and a Mormon Bishop. I'm grateful and I'm blessed. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well I pretty much have the most beautiful wife of 25 years and the six most amazing kids to ever grace the planet. I was raised with 7 siblings in a small farming community by my dear mom and a Japanese-American stepfather who taught me how to work hard. I love the land and am a wannabe farmer, but for now am content to be a rabid, urban, backyard gardener. I became converted to the Mormon faith in my late teens after the untimely death of my stepfather.

Why I am a Mormon

There are so many experiences that I have had that have led me here that there is not any one reason why I am so passionate about this church. Though that choice was made official through baptism many years ago, that intial step of faith put me on a path much more remarkable than any I believe I could have chosen for myself. My conviction of the divinity of the mission of the Lord, Jesus Christ is my guiding star and everything else stands or falls in relation to that great truth. I have taken some time to become familiar with the teachings of other faiths, but I have only been able to find the answers to my important questions in this church, more importantly, I have had them confirmed by the witness of the Spirit time and time again.

How I live my faith

Actually, I believe my faith is my life! It's not like I take time out of my life for my faith because my faith is in every aspect of my life from how I want my marriage to be to what can I do for my children to what does God expect of me in my work. I would say that I am not a religious fanatic in any way, but my faith is at the center of all of my decisions, choices, hopes, and dreams. There doesn't seem to ever be a time that I am not aware that God is watching and teaching and loving me and I hope patient with me too!. I hope that comes through 24/7 and not just in my Sunday schedule.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Travis
One of the greatest truths, even the foundation of the Mormon Church, is the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. Scripture is the writings of prophets who have been taught by God and admonished to teach the people. The New Testament is a perfect example of the Apostle Paul's teachings that we hold sacred as if from God. Where there are true prophets of God, there will be true scripture. The Book of Mormon reveals the words of the prophets that God raised up in the Americas among his children living there. Some of those prophets recorded as their testimony the appearance of Christ to them after his crucifixion and resurrection. Of course Christ would appear to them and fulfill his promises to his "other sheep". Everything He taught them as found in the Book of Mormon is in harmony with His teachings found in the Gospels of the New Testament. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Travis
I can tell you from experience that there is nothing more COMFORTING, REASSURING, and just plain SMART, than knowing you can take care of your family in ANY emergency, accident, loss of job, disaster, or recession. There is nothing wierd about managing your money responsibly, saving up for a rainy day, storing some food and supplies in the event of an emergency, or learning some basic home production skills to back that up. Our parents and grandparents had this figured out because they lived through many of those disasters of war and economic difficulty. Personal and family self-reliance just make so much sense that I am suprised when others not of our faith find it so strange. It ought to be important to everyone! Show more Show less