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Hi I'm Travis

I'm a husband, a father, a fourth-generation Arizonan, an aspiring outdoorsman, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am husband to a wonderful wife, and father to five great kids ages 11 to 1. I served as a missionary for the LDS church in Ecuador, and love the people and culture of that special place. I taught middle school for a short time out of college, and am now a practicing attorney. I have the great blessing of living close to a number of extended family members and enjoy spending time with them. When I'm not holed-up in an office, I try to work in time for playing games with my kids, camping, training for triathlons, relaxing with a good book, hiking, grilling, or enjoying one of the plethora of options available in beautiful Arizona.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church, and the example of faith and service set by my parents and others before them is a very important part of who I am. Many of my ancestors were early converts to the church who traveled with other Mormon pioneers in the 1800s and settled in Utah and Arizona. That doesn't mean I was born with a testimony, of course; but it also doesn't mean I couldn't think for myself. As a young man I felt the desire to know whether the religion I had been raised in was true. I read from the scriptures, pondered about the things I read and the teachings from my parents and church leaders, and prayed sincerely to know if the things I had been taught were true. I can say with confidence that these teachings do come from God and I certainly feel blessed to have them in my life. I am grateful for the Book of Mormon and the words of a living prophet of God that help me to better understand the Bible, my Savior Jesus Christ, His plan for the salvation of all God's children, and what is expected of me as a disciple of Him. I am far from perfect, but the gospel as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stretches me to be better than I am, even if just a little at a time. Another reason why my faith is so important to me, now that I am a father, is because in this tumultuous world, the teachings and standards of the church can be a constant and a guide to real happiness for my children like they are for me. I suspect that they’ll make some mistakes now and again, and in a world of shifting trends, morals, and allegiances, I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ will be a steady course they can hold to (or return to) for direction and peace in their lives.

How I live my faith

Our family prays together each day, sets aside one evening a week to have a simple doctrinal lesson and some time together, and we regularly read from the scriptures. Our idea is that we try to practice those things at home (such as Christlike kindness, charity, compassion, honesty, service, etc.) so we can be better followers of Christ in our daily walk. And practice is always needed because we've got room for improvement. We attend church services on Sundays and keep that day as our sabbath, focusing our activities on things that will strengthen our faith, our family, or our neighbors while honoring God. In addition to the general responsibility we have as members of the church to fellowship and strengthen each other, my particular responsibility right now is to assist our local church leaders by arranging appointments, communicating with various individuals on various tasks, and handling a number of other administrative functions so that our ecclesiastical leaders can focus on ministering. Outside church, work and family responsibilities, I serve as a volunteer member of our city Parks and Recreation Board.