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Hi I'm Tristam

I'm a Mormon. I wasn't looking to join the LDS church ever! I'm sure glad things worked out the way they did the best thing ever.

About Me

I'm a father of three in high school and have been married for 23 years. I like to bike, run, play basketball and work out when I have the time. I also enjoy reading historical based books, science subjects, arms & armor, outdoors and arts & craft projects with wood or painting/drawing. I moved a lot growing up so I've lived in the east, south, midwest, west and five month stays in the Caribbean and South America. I grew up and worked early on in casino gaming, but then moved on to marketing and analytical positions, and then a partner in my own business. I try to be involved in my kids lives as much as possible and even more so with my middle son who is Autistic who is a great joy and blessing to our family.

Why I am a Mormon

I had no interest in becoming a Mormon since I thought I knew what they were all about from things I had read and people had told me (all not Mormons), and I didn't want anything to do with it and I told my wife and her family so. I was content and didn't see a need for "organized" religion in my life. I believed in God, read the New and parts of the Old Testament as a kid. Went to Catholic mass as a kid on High Holy Days and when I went to visit my Grandmother and relatives in Connecticut and when I went to Military school. I was on the 10 year college plan going part time and was in my last 6 months and thinking about what direction I wanted my life to go. I spent quite a bit of time pondering this and after graduation in December I decided to go to the mountains and spend some days fasting and praying since that is what I had read in the Old & New Testaments that prophets and apostles did. Nothing happened. No thunder, lighting, earth shaking, burning bushes or angelic visitors. So I went home and forgot about it. Then the week after Christmas I got a prompting to go to church with my wife and I dismissed it. Two days later I got the same felling and blew it off since I didn't want anything to do with her church. Then two days after that the same impression came to me and I could have ignored it too, but I thought alright, alright I'll go with her but I'm not happy about it and I won't like it. I went fully expecting a lousy experience but it was OK even after spending 3 hours at church so I decided I would go back next week, then the week after and then the following week a young girl about 16 gave a talk and it was as if Heaven opened up to me and I knew this is where I was supposed to be. What's up with that and where did that come from! I don't know anything about this church really and I'm asking my wife on the ride home, "What do I need to do to get baptized?" Best thing that ever happened in my life and it can be for you as well.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the LDS church for over 20 years now and what I found out about the church is that it is all about serving people as Jesus Christ would serve them if He were here. Both those who are and are not members. No one in my congregation the Bishop, clerks, teachers, leaders are paid. We all do it out of love and dedication to our fellow men. I currently work with the youth through the Boy Scouting program and other activities that provide a safe and wholesome atmosphere where they can have fun, learning and growing experiences. All the men and young men around 14 years of age go out each month and visit all the members of our congregation to see how they are doing spiritually, physically and temporally. Are they feeling well, do they have any religious based questions, do they have enough to eat and things like that. My son and I visit some widows, single sisters and other families. Sometimes it is a short visit, sometimes we help move furniture and others we do odd jobs and repairs around their homes. We help people move in or out of homes, yard work, put roofs on or paint homes, shovel snow from walk and drive ways, community service projects and activities for members and non-members alike. Yes we spend a lot of time compared to other at church functions, but what I've found is that the vast majority of the time I could spend more time talking, discussing and visiting with members since I always feel spiritually fed and enlightend from these experiences. It has also helped and reminded me of what is truly important in life with a focus on my family, neighbors and community.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

If you really want to know then read the entire Book of Mormon (ask questions along the way), fast for 24 hours (2-meals) and then pray (in a quiet place where you won't be disturbed) to know if it is scripture from God is the best way. Show more Show less