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Hi I'm Travis.

By profession, I'm a mechanical engineer. But mostly, I'm a husband, a father, an outdoorsman and a cowboy. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town with farmland all around and I dreamed of being a cowboy. As a typical young boy I loved playing outside, building forts and tree houses, riding horses, playing games and sports. When I was eight years old my younger brother was killed in a farming accident. It was an incredibly sad and difficult time in my life. As I grew into a teenager I became interested in cars. Muscle cars and hot rods at first and later old trucks, rock crawling, and mud bogging. I worked summers at a golf course and saved money to purchase a old '79 Ford truck. I spent evenings and weekends tinkering and learning some basic auto mechanics. From this natural interest in machines and how they work eventually came the decision to study mechanical engineering in college. After my first year at college I took two years off to serve the Lord as a missionary. I was called to serve in Peru. I learned Spanish and a lot more as I shared the gospel with so many wonderful people. Peru and its people will always have a special place in my heart. After returning to college I met a beautiful young woman who became the love of my life and my eternal companion. We spent two wonderful years working and finishing our degrees. After graduation, I was offered a job as a design engineer with a major firearms manufacturer in Kentucky. Although it wasn't an easy choice, we took the offer, packed up, and moved far from our homes and families. And now, here we are!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are members of the church and they raised me in its teachings and values. I will forever be grateful to them for instilling in me a sense of truth and right and a love for the Lord. However, as I grew, the decision I made to continue in the church came from my own personal feelings and experiences. Some big experiences, and lots of small ones. One of the big ones, was the death of my younger brother. We were the best of friends and playmates with a kinship only brothers can share. As sad and tragic as his death was, it affected my life for good. In those difficult days, weeks and months that followed, I undeniably felt the comfort and love of my heavenly father. The teachings I had learned in church about life after death and the plan of our Heavenly Father for us to return and live with him were invaluably comforting. I know that my Father in Heaven loves us and cares about us. We may not know or understand why things happen, but Heavenly Father does, and he will always be there for us. Another of the big life experiences that strengthened my belief in the teachings of the church was my time as a missionary. Everyday, I had the opportunity to study, teach and share the wonderful truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The more I learned and the more I shared, the deeper my love for the Savior became. His teachings of love and forgiveness brought such happiness to the lives of those who would listen to our message. I remember one evening in particular I was walking down a small dirt road in the amazon jungle in a city called Pucallpa, I was tired and bit discouraged by people not wanting to listen to our message. I looked up at the sky in wonder and awe at the millions of stars. Instantly the spirit reaffirmed to me that Lord and Creator of the universe did indeed live, and was watching over me. I love the teachings of the church. They are pure and true. They have brought happiness to my life and they will do the same for you.

How I live my faith

One of the great parts about being a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is having the opportunity to serve in the church. Since the church doesn't have paid clergy, it relies on the local members to fill teaching, leadership, and other positions. As a member of the church, I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve in several of these positions. As a youth, I participated in and at times led a group of young men my age. We enjoyed participating in the scouting program and helping and serving the church members in our community. As an adult I have been a scout leader, taught Sunday school classes, and I currently help lead a group for the men in the church. Serving in all of these positions has given me many great experiences, and a feeling of belonging.