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Hi I'm Trent

I'm from the four corners area. I love rock-climbing, playing volleyball with my wife, and fishing with my kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from law school as a first-generation college student and I am now a JAG (a military lawyer) in the Air Force. I have a wife and four children. I enjoy all kinds of sports and outdoor activities. I love my Heavenly Father and I am extremely thankful that he gave His son, Jesus Christ, who made the ultimate sacrifice for my sins.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents regularly took me to church while I was growing up. I enjoyed primary and believed what I was taught. I was anxious to get baptized when I was eight, and that was the first highlight of my spiritual journey. When I was twelve, I had been reading in the Old Testament and had made it through the first few books when my youth advisor told my class that the prophet had asked us to read the Book of Mormon that year. So I did. I had not made it very far--2 Nephi 4--when the words began to resonate in a special way. I could feel the love of Heavenly Father, and I knew what he wanted me to do. I committed to follow Him all of my life, and to share His gospel with any who wanted to hear. I committed to serve a full time mission, which I later did. There is a lot more to it, especially in the years between twelve and nineteen, but that is the jist of why I am a "Mormon."

How I live my faith

I think the most important thing that my wife and I are doing at this stage in our lives is teaching our children. We have taught our children to pray, which they do regularly, and we read a few verses of scripture with them every day. One of my favorite jobs in the church has been teaching the Marriage and Family Relations class with my wife. We have a great marriage, and it is fun to be able to work together and share some of the things we have learned. We have had this "calling" twice!

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Trent
Yes! I love the Bible. Every time I read through it, I learn so many new things. As Latter-day Saints (Mormons), we view the Holy Bible as holy scripture, given by holy prophets as inspired by God. It tells of dealings of God with people from the creation until a few hundred years before Christ (the Old Testament), as well as the time period surrounding and shortly after Jesus Christ's mortal life (the New Testament). The books collected in the Bible teach a rich variety of principles that can improve individuals, communities and nations. I've heard many people refer to the "Mormon Bible," but to clear up any confusion, the Bible and the Book of Mormon are two distinct and separate scriptures. While the books in the Bible come primarily from the Egypt to Arabia part of the world, the Book of Mormon comes primarily from the Americas. God had dealings with his people in that part of the world as well, and the Book of Mormon chronicles many of those. It provides an additional witness to the divinity of Christ. Taken in tandem with the Bible, it helps to provide greater depth and clarity on many points of doctrine, and even some points of history, as they are in some ways intertwined. When you believe in The Book of Mormon, you must necessarily also believe in the Bible, that it is holy scripture inspired by God. And we do. Show more Show less