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Hi I'm Travis

I grew up in a small town. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 22 years old. I am married for time and eternity to my wife. We've only been married for a short time, but we are looking forward to the eternities together. I am currently attending college. I am working toward a degree in Forestry. I served a full time mission for the church from 2007-2009 in Sacramento, California. I have six siblings, four brothers and two sisters. My wife and I have one son, so far. I enjoy working with my hands. I would love to spend months at a time in a cabin in the woods if time would permit. I enjoy anything about the outdoors, hiking, camping, backpacking, etc. I was very active with the Boy Scouts when I was younger. I love spending time with family. The ideal situation is when the whole family is out on a camping trip together.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I was born into a family that belongs to the LDS church. I was raised as a Mormon and taught many of the values that I now cherish. The most important thing is that I CHOSE to be baptised. I was only eight, but I distinctly remember my parents telling me that I had a choice. I understood that I could choose not to be baptized if I wanted to. So I thought about the things I had been taught. I took time to make a decision. I wanted to know for myself that I was doing the right thing. I prayed about it. Even though I didn't have an experience like Joseph Smith, I felt something. At eight years old at my bedside, I felt something like never before. I knew what I had to do. This testimony has been confirmed to me over and over throughout my life. i made the right decision. Heavenly Father restored His church through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that now as much as I did then.

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity to visit some of the members in their homes. I go with one of the other members of our church and we visit some families and teach them about what the prophet and apostles have said lately. I also take any opportunities to serve that I can. Whether it's doing yard work or just visiting someone in the hospital, I try to do what I can.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Travis
Church services last three hours, broken up into three one hour blocks. The first hour is usually sacrament meeting. This is where we partake of the sacrament. We also hear from members of the congregation on different gospel topics. The second hour is Sunday School. This is where we learn from the scriptures. The third hour is where we separate between men and women and learn more from the scriptures and the living prophets. Visitors are always welcome to attend meetings. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Travis
Of course. The name of the church is, after all, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We believe that Christ suffered came to the earth, performed miracles, was tempted, suffered for us in Gethsemane, died for us on the cross, and was resurrected the third day after his death. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Travis
Most people refer to us as Mormons because of the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Travis
Church is where we go each Sunday to worship and learn from the scriptures. The temple is where we go to perform work for those who have passed on without the opportunity to do that work themselves. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Travis
The tithing is used to build new buildings and maintain buildings that already exist. That money also goes toward different programs that the church uses. It mainly supports the church's operations and buildings. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Travis
You come to know your Father in Heaven the same way that you come to know anyone else. You can sit and read and find out a lot about someone, but until you actually talk with them you don't know who they are. It's the same with our Father in Heaven. You can learn a lot about Him through the scriptures and reading about Him, but until you actually open your mouth and talk to Him you won't really know Him. He does listen and he does answer. It is through daily prayer that you can develop that personal and lasting relationship with your Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Travis
Ancient prophets in the Americas wrote the Book of Mormon. It was translated from its original language into English by Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Travis
Avoid it. Teach children to avoid it. The best way that you can make a difference is to avoid it altogether. If all children were taught these principles, the influence of pornography would be diminished. It would not spread as quickly as it has. If parents excercise self control, their children will follow their example. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Travis
Missionaries actually save up for their missions and pay a lot of it themselves. Some are supported by family and their ward members. I was able to pay for a third of it myself and my parents and anonymous donations paid for the rest. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Travis
No. We believe he was important to the restoration of the church and that he was a prophet, but we do not worship him. He was a prophet just like Moses or Noah. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Travis
In our family, our roles are equal. We are partners and the Lord plays an important role in our marriage. I preside over our family, but that does not mean that I rule over my wife. We both work together. We make mutual decisions. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Travis
The “cult” label is usually applied by Church opponents attempting to criticize or discredit the Church. However, sometimes it’s simply a matter of characterization that has grown up over time by the lack of understanding. A lot of it just arises from misinformation, whether from a friend or other sources. Show more Show less