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Hi I'm Travis

I create enterprise software, coach and play soccer, wakeboard, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of three boys ages 9, 6, 5. It's always a circus/party at our house! My wife and I have been married for 11 fantastic, fun-filled years. I coach my sons' soccer teams and am the age group coordinator for our local youth soccer league. When I'm not wearing my SuperDad spandex outfit, I work for Microsoft as a Program Manager creating enterprise IT systems management software. It's major geeky stuff and I'm so grateful I get paid to enjoy my hobby and indulge my nerdy side. It's given me the opportunity to travel the world for both business and pleasure. I've lived in Moscow for two years (church mission), visited Finland, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ukraine, Germany, South Africa, Jamaica, Canada, and Mexico. I love the outdoors - hiking, camping, backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, canoeing, whitewater rafting, canyoneering, and mountain biking. You name it, I've gotten dirty doing it! I am a big believer in the Boy Scouts program and its ability to transform boys into respectable men. I am the son of an Eagle Scout, brother to an Eagle Scout, and an Eagle Scout myself. I hope all of my boys will achieve that as well. My latest passion is wakeboarding. I can't get enough of being out there on Lake Travis at sunrise on a glass-smooth lake tearing it up. I'm not that good yet and not really getting much better at this point but it keeps me young and gives me something fun to do with my boys and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always been a Mormon. I was happily born into the church to parents that have always taken an active role in the church and raised me to know the gospel. Throughout my life, I have had a lot of faith promoting experiences where I have felt the Holy Ghost confirm the truth of the things that I have been taught. I've never had a doubt about why we are here, where we are going, or whether or not there is a God. I believe our Heavenly Father loves each one of us and wants us to be happy. To help us, throughout human history he has provided prophets and scriptures to show us the best possible way to be happy. Just as God loves us, I love my wife and children and parents. The most beautiful principle of the gospel that was revealed to Joseph Smith was that our families can be united together eternally if we are obedient to the commandments and receive all the ordinances available through the priesthood. That promise keeps me motivated to keep myself on the right track and to teach and set an example for my three boys. Whether I examine the church from an analytical perspective or rely on prayer and the Holy Ghost to guide me, the result is the same. There is a God. He provided this Earth for us. He created our mortal bodies. Knowing we would be imperfect He provided a Savior for us to atone for our sins. The Savior established the true church on the Earth while He lived. That church organization failed due to the inherent weaknesses of men. God the Father and his Son did appear to an inquisitive Joseph Smith. Through revelation Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon which contains writings of prophets similar to the Bible. Joseph Smith received the priesthood of God at the hand of Peter. That priesthood and the mantle of prophet was passed in an unbroken line to this day and those prophets and priesthood holders that lead the church today continue to receive revelation from God. Therefore, this is a "living" church and that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to improve myself in some way all the time, striving to be more like the Savior. I try to think like he would think, act as he would act. It's certainly not easy, and I'm far from that level of perfection, but as long as I am trying I can see the blessings in my own life, the lives of my wife and sons, and in those around me.