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Hi I'm Trent

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work for a wealth management firm near Washington, D.C. I studied financial economics and now attend classes at night toward finishing up a law degree. I've run in many marathons including the 2009 Boston Marathon with my dad. I love good music and spending time with friends and family, especially in the beautiful outdoors. I also love reading good books and following the stock market. I admire those who are generous with their money and want to be like them someday.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon. It's the most important part of who I am because it means that I am a Christian and am trying to live my life in a way that is pleasing to God. Since I was a child I was always intrigued by our existence and the life after this. At age 19 my mother passed away after battling breast cancer for several years. Because of my knowledge of the Plan of Salvation, I know that I will see her again someday. I have prayed to know that the teachings of the Church are inspired by God and that there is a prophet among us in our day just like Moses was a prophet in his time.

How I live my faith

I participate with other young adults in weekly meetings and activities to have fun and to strengthen each other spiritually. I try to read the Bible and Book of Mormon every day. I know they are the word of God because of the peace they bring to my life.

How does the Church finance its operations?

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we follow the ancient law of tithing practiced by Abraham (Malachi 3:8-10). The funds are considered sacred, even the widow's mite (Mark 12:41–44). They are used to construct and maintain temples and churches, support missionary work, translate and publish scriptures, foster family history research, and more. Since the Church has a lay clergy, the money is not used to pay salaries and members perform Church service voluntarily. We receive great blessings for paying tithing. Sometimes the blessings are obvious, and other times more subtle. Tithing is not so much a matter of dollars as it is a matter of faith. Show more Show less