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Hi I'm Troy

I am - husband to an incredible wife, father of 5 amazing children, a milk plant manager, a photographer, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, father, part time photographer and full time milk plant manager. I enjoy doing anything and everything with my family. I especially enjoy watching my children participate in basketball, baseball, football, golf, dance recitals, singing in their school musical programs, etc. Okay, the truth is I go to the school musical programs and dance recitals because my wife makes me. When I was 3 years old, my parents moved our young family to a new city. At that time, I didn't give too much thought to the blonde haired little girl who lived up the street, but by the time I was in high school I definitely knew who she was. I was first attracted by her outward beauty, but later recognized that as beautiful as she was on the outside, it was her inner beauty that made her truly radiant. She is still as beautiful as ever and radiates even brighter. We are fortunate to have 5 amazing children who have all been blessed with many of the their mother's great qualities.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that did not have ties to any religious group, even though both my parents were baptized when they were younger. As a boy, I was taught that you did not have to go to church to become close to God. I also don't remember ever being taught how to pray or what it meant to have real faith in God. I was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by my grandfather shortly after I was 8 because my grandparents felt that it was important that I be baptized. It wasn't until I was a teenager that I ever returned to church. Having grown up in Utah, many of my friends were active members of the church and they regularly invited me to attend church, but I would never accept. They did invite me to participate in church sports and I soon started to play church basketball and softball with them. I truly enjoyed my association with my friends as we played sports together, but also developed a great appreciation and respect for the young men leaders who coached these teams. One of these young men leaders later invited me again to attend church and I accepted. Initially, I went to church because of these associations, but later realized that living by the principles I was being taught brought me great happiness. I also recognized the value of prayer and real faith in my life and that church attendance was an integral part of strengthening my faith and coming to know God as my Father in Heaven. As my faith grew, I knew that I had to consider if I would serve a mission. At that time, my faith was definitely as a seed, but I knew that I had to ask my Father in Heaven what I should do. To this day, 30+ years later, I remember the divine inspiration I received. I knew that I must serve a mission. I also learned that this work was divinely inspired and knew for a fact that this is truly the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I feel very fortunate to have many friends with different backgrounds and different faiths. I have been taught many amazing lessons about what it truly means to be Christ like by my friends and associates of other faiths. I also recognize that love, charity, integrity, and faith are attributes possessed by many, not just by Mormons. My admiration and respect for those who live their life with great passion and in accordance to the teachings of their own faith is enormous. I love the fact that many of my friends and work associates feel comfortable in joking with me about me being a Mormon. I recognize that we are definitely a peculiar group in the eyes of many, but I also enjoy that fact. This good hearted teasing and joking makes me believe that they feel comfortable with me and with me being a Mormon. This also opens the door for me to teach them about my faith and what we believe as Mormons. I do know that the most important teaching I can do is by living my life according to my own beliefs and by constantly working to be a better disciple of Jesus Christ. I know worldly truth can be found in wonderful and amazing books and it can also be taught by those who have learned these worldly truths. But, we can only come to know God's truths through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit testifies to us of God's truth. This may come to us as a still small voice, a burning in our bosom or just a good feeling. Or, it may even come as a thunderous roar in our mind. God has promised us that He will make his truth's known to us. The Holy Spirit has taught me that Jesus is the Christ, that he is the Son of God and he is my Savior and Redeemer. He has also taught me that this is Christ's church and it has been restored to the earth in it's fullness, and this is God's divine work. I am grateful for my faith and knowledge of God's truth and I am grateful to be a Mormon!