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Hi I'm Trent

I grew up in Idaho. I'm a husband to a wonderful wife, father of 5 wonderful children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! My name is Trent. I was born and raised in Idaho. I am married to a strong and wonderful woman and we have 5 children. I like sports, particularly college football, and love creating things with my hands, whether it is a painting, a drawing, a walking stick, or a deck.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was given an understanding of the doctrines and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ from an early age. But it was not until I was nineteen years of age that I received a confirming witness from the Holy Ghost that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true. Young men in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who have turned nineteen, are encouraged to serve as missionaries for a period of two years. Quite frankly, the thought of leaving the comforts of home and family for such a long time frightened me. It was during this time that I was inspired to read the Book of Mormon--something I had not yet done. As I began to read this book I was given a sure knowledge by the Spirit of God that the book was true, and that it was the word of God. Interestingly three other things happened that I was not expecting. First, I received a sure witness and knowledge that I was known and loved by my Heavenly Father--something I had never felt before. Second, because I knew the Book of Mormon was true, I knew Joseph Smith, the man who translated the book was a true prophet who was called by God to do this work. Third, all the fears I had previously felt about serving as a missionary disappeared. I later received a call to serve a mission in the island kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific. This opportunity to be a missionary further strengthened my faith and conviction of the truthfulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I felt great joy in seeing others experience what I had experienced--that their Heavenly Father was aware of them and loved them deeply, that the gospel of Jesus Christ had been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith, and that the Book of Mormon was another testament of Jesus Christ. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints means there are plenty of opportunities to serve. Because there is not a paid ministry, the work of the Church is done through the efforts of dedicated volunteers. Everyone is invited to serve. It is through serving one another that we develop the kind of love for each other that Christ has for us. I have had many different assignments ranging from teaching the young men of my congregation to being an ecclesiastical leader of a group of men and their families. In all of these assignments or callings, I have learned the importance of following the example of the Savior. I have learned that there is great meaning in assisting others in their trials and lifting the burdens they carry. The primary area in which I have opportunities to serve is within my own family. Helping my family members serve and love one another is a wonderful blessing in my life. As mentioned earlier there is no paid or professional clergy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. But all men who are willing to receive the responsibility of administering in the spiritual affairs of the Church are ordained to the priesthood. As one who has received this priesthood, my primary responsibility is to invite all to become true followers of Jesus Christ. I do this best by my own personal example and by showing true love and concern for them.