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Hi I'm Trevor

I love my family, astronomy, oil painting, robotics, and playing the piano. I love being a Mormon!

About Me

I was born with Muscular Dystrophy and that has been a huge part of my life. Many people would think Muscular Dystrophy would be a set back. In reality it has brought my family closer together and helped me strive to develop talents otherwise I would not have considered. Instead of letting Muscular Dystrophy define who I am, I use it as a means to drive me to strive to be a good person. Growing up on the outskirts of a small town, I grew to love the outdoors—especially during the night time when I can see the stars with my family members. Astronomy has become a spiritual time in which I can think, ponder, and pray about daily events. By profession, I am going into manufacturing engineering with an emphasis in medical equipment and prosthetics. With my various health conditions, I have a passion for helping people go through their individual medical circumstances. After much discussion with people of all backgrounds, I have noticed how God truly does love all of His children. Everyone has trials and hardships to be sure, but for me, that does not take away the beauty and blessings which I enjoy daily. Everyday I wake up knowing that I have sufficient air to breath, food to eat, water to drink, and that someone out there loves me. If that isn't awesome enough, I also get to pursue a family of my own, education, and hobbies.

Why I am a Mormon

One of our church leaders taught that a Mormon is a searcher for truth. I agree with this statement wholeheartedly. I find that it takes as much faith and study to learn engineering as it does to learn about God and other spiritual truths. Teaching online as a missionary, I came across many ideas that made me question why I am a Mormon. Through continued faith in Jesus Christ, scripture study, and prayer, I now have the answers to my many questions I wasn't sure about. I know that God answers our questions on the condition that we continue to have faith and strive to do our best. Often I'm reminded that light and truth comes from God—doubt and despair does not come from God! I still have questions but more importantly I have the faith and knowledge that these questions always will be answered in their own due time. Ultimately I am a Mormon because God has shared with me that this is His church. This has been confirmed to me countless times...seriously! I am excited to continue down this path and help others come closer to Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

About one year ago, I have finished serving a full time two year LDS mission. LDS missions are completely voluntary (non-paid) based and we share our beliefs 24/7 for those two years. This service taught me the importance of daily prayer (talking with God), scripture study, dedication, and hard work. Though life continues to get better and better, I frequently refer back to my mission experiences. Currently I attend church on Sunday and try to live what is taught in church throughout the rest of the week. Particularly, I try to live my faith through how I treat other people. As I think about Jesus Christ, who is our perfect example, I know He is loving, patient, kind, and obedient to God's commandments. Though I have many flaws and quirks, I want to be more like Jesus Christ. Ultimately I strive to live up to God's commandment to let my 'light shine' to everyone I encounter and bring glory to God (Matthew 5:16).

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Trevor
From my personal experience, people use the term 'cult' as a disrespect term to show that they do not approve of another religious group. It is easier to label other faiths as a 'cults' than it is to learn about and come to respect their varying ideas and practices. I have studied many different religions which people have told me are 'cults' and found that these groups often hold similar values I hold—a love for God, His creations, peace, and truth. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Trevor
Pornography is an individual battle. When I was very young, I found myself researching the opposite gender out of curiosity. Though it started out as 'innocent', curiousity led me to pornographic sites and years of addiction. Things didn't get better for me until our church held a service specifically addressing this topic. Today I'm free of the sins and much of the guilt, but I have to still be weary or else I'm caught back into the trap. For those who have gone or are going through similar trials, I have serveral tips which I hope helps. - Stay away from anything which triggers the behavior. For me this includes avoiding being alone, surfing the internet, and getting online without a purpose/specific websites in mind. - Remember that pornography is much more than just looking at people who are not clothed. My brain switches gears to be enticed to view pornography just by looking around Youtube/Facebook and coming across some ill dressed person. Run from the 'very appearance of evil'. - Understand that adicitve behaviors usually come as a result of lack of control and poor decisions throughout the day. Maintaining a positive outlook on life, making sure that I'm doing what I can to stay in shape (going for a mile walk daily), and getting enough rest everynight goes a long ways to help me combat pornography. - Last of all, stay close to God through scripture study, prayer, and service— He will aid you! The best way to help others overcome pornography is to be a friend. Show more Show less