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Hi I'm Travis

I was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. The youngest of six children, but also the tallest. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although Nebraska seemed like the only life for me growing up, I have since lived in Arizona, Texas, and Utah. In Lincoln we consider "the good life," to be the wide open spaces, endless fields of green luscious crops, and most importantly, college football. GO BIG RED! Upon graduating from Norris High School in 2004, I left for Utah to begin my undergraduate degree at Utah State University. It was there that I found my love for snowboarding at the Beaver Resort. My educational time was spent focused on general studies. After completing my freshman year of school, I then committed myself, for 2 years, to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the great state of Arizona. Like the other young men and women biking, or walking the streets I spread the "good news" of Jesus Christ in Phoenix, Flagstaff, Prescott Valley, Glendale, and Kaibeto on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Upon returning from my service I then followed my family to Texas. While only there for a couple of months, it was long enough to met my eternal friend, and wife to be; then in July 2008 her and I were married in the Houston Texas Temple. For the first years of our marriage, we lived happily in Utah until I was able to complete my degree. Just months prior to receiving a BS degree from the College of Architecture & Planning we welcomed our firstborn daughter into the world. We have since returned to Nebraska, and so the story continues....

Why I am a Mormon

Every day of my life I am surrounded by countless things which I cannot explain. I have always hoped for a purpose and a reason to the things of life, even those which seen incomprehensible. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I find great comfort in the answers provided to questions like, "What is my relationship to God," "What is the purpose for my suffering and frustrations," and "Does life completely end when we die or what is the purpose of living?" Being a member of this church is definitely a commitment, one that is not so much about only pursuing on Sunday but everyday; thus it defines who I am. The principles and teachings which I have learned over the years bring such great peace and fulfillment to my mind and my heart. I feel like I have a purpose as an individual and a son of God. Like most everyone else, I too struggle with life's challenges and obstacles. Whether it is illness, financial burden, self-inflicted stress, or otherwise, I find strength in being a Mormon. Some of my closest friends and family members wander through life with no real intent or sense of belonging. I believe that God has created us to not all be the same, but to realize our potential as individual children. I'm a Mormon because I now recognize that potential and have been given the ability to push through, or bear those burdens of life and find a way to keep on smiling. While it is considered to be an individual commitment, as an eternal family, I strive to help and love all of Gods' children. That same attitude is reflected toward me by other members of this faith who believe in me, support me, and encourage me to remain steadfast to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I live with an amazing support system in this Church, and without it I fear I may struggle to maintain my focus to be a good person and to live unselfishly.

How I live my faith

My Faith defines the person that I am, and therefore how I live. Throughout my membership in the Church I have held different responsibilities inside and outside of the congregation. Mormons are of the belief that we are all children of God and as such, we should assist one another. For example, I remember in 2004 a large tornado went through some of the small communities just miles south of Lincoln. While not many members of the church lived there, our congregation was very active in providing as much assistance as possible. We spent numerous days cleaning up the devastation, and restoring hope to the families whose lives seemed to be left in ruins. I live my faith by participating in the opportunities to provide service to people who are in need, just as Jesus Christ taught, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40) In various capacities within the Church I also strive to encourage fellow-members to spread the gospel, and share it with their family and friends. The intent of which is to hopefully provide the same type of answers to life's questions which I have received. Often people feel threatened or intimidated by religious conversation, feeling like their conviction is being questioned, or that its not good enough. I believe that God intended for us, his family, to all be united in our endeavors. I would like to express my deepest feelings that God is aware of who we are, individually, and what we need. He has in many ways restored his truth to the earth. It is my hope that everyone will feel of his love. That by inquiring of him through prayer, and earnest study that being a Mormon is more than just a religious membership. It is a lifestyle, an eternal commitment that if lived obediently will lead to everlasting peace and happiness. I live my faith by spreading that message, otherwise I would prove to be ungrateful.