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Hi I'm Trent

I play, coach, and officiate volleyball. I love golf, but I don't play it very well. I love my wife and 4 kids, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the 5th of 6 boys. I live within 3 miles of where I was born. I love volleyball, golf, baseball, football, and basketball. I am good at my job, but it doesn't consume me. I am a passionate Milwaukee Brewer, Seattle Mariner, Seattle Seahawk, Boston Celtic, and BYU fan. I have collected quite a bit of sports memorbilia. I love my 2000 BMW M Roadster (which took some time and manuevering to acquire). I love to talk about and teach the gospel. I have been to Germany, Austria, England, Canada, and 20 of the 50 states, but I am a homebody. I love to sing, but I don't read music. I love to laugh and to make others laugh. But most of all, I love my family. I rejoice in their successes, and I share in their pain. I work to care for them and meet their needs. The happiest moments of my life all involve them. And I rejoice that the blessings of the gospel allow me to be with them forever.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born in the church, I was not active most of my growing up years. It took a series of events in my life to remind me that the life and teachings of Christ were important in my life. I am a logical sort, a linear learner, a science/math geek. It was the way the teachings of the Gospel fit together to answer all my questions, the way each piece meshed with the other pieces without contradicting each other that first appealed to me. But it was personal revelation, clear answers to specific prayers the keeps me in the church. Our heavenly Father revealed to me in ways that are indescribable and yet undeniable that He restored His church through the prophet Joseph Smith.

How I live my faith

Like every other Mormon, I am flawed, imperfect, and striving to become a better person. I live my faith by trying to emulate the life of the Savior Jesus Christ. I read the scriptures and work hard to make my life conform to them. I teach my kids to be accountable for their choices and encourage them to make good ones. I visit 3 elderly widows regularly, trying to be of service to them by hanging curtains, moving furniture, having lunch with them, and just being a listening ear. I work with the youth in our church, trying to be an example, teaching the lessons of the gospel, and providing direction. I live my faith by loving my family, my neighbor, and my God and Savior. I often have to leave my comfort zone in singing, speaking, and being in front of the congregation. In all of this, I find joy, happiness, and satisfaction.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Trent
Mormon meetings can seem long to those who have not participated, as we meet for 3 hours. The first hour is our Sacrament, where we sing hymns, partake of the sacrament, and where members of the congregation give talks of 15 minutes or so each. Then we go to Sunday school, where we study the scriptures and how we can apply them to our lives. And the third hour is where we meet as groups (the adult men, the young men, the adult women, the young women, and the young kids (3-11)). Visitors are welcome, even encouraged. We rejoice when those not of our faith come and meet with us. The services are simple, reverent, and lay-driven. Each member is given a responsibility, a role to play in the building up of the church. Show more Show less