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Hi I'm Travis Ryan Anderson

I am a Texan, a Husband, a Father, an Attorney, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised as the third of five children. Being placed squarely in the middle of my family, I believe, gave me perspective which has served me well in my adult roles as a husband, father, uncle, and even as a lawyer. I love to listen to the people around me. I'm constantly fascinated by the differing opinions and alternative points of view which are created by the individual qualities and circumstances of those whom we encounter in various situations. As a result of my desire to learn, I enjoy the study of various philosophies, religion in particular. I enjoy studying the law, as well the scriptures, having learned to appreciate the symmetry and parallels which exist between the statutes contained in legal literature, as well the commandments of God. I love being the father of my 2 children. My wife is my best friend. Each day I'm grateful that through the true gospel of Christ, we are eternally sealed to one another. I am fortunate that I live close to my four siblings and their many children. My large family is a source of great happiness. Having faced many trials throughout my life, I have found a great deal of joy in my close family relations, realizing they matter more than any other temporal blessing I have been fortunate to receive. I don't like sports, except for Golf, which is actually a game, a common occupational hazard. Nevertheless I spend as much time as I can with my family in various activities choosing not to waste my precious time with other things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was once told, "When we embrace the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, we don't become more narrow, we become more open, more broad, more liberal under the literal definition of that word." A common misconception, amongst those who are unfamiliar with The Church of Jesus Christ, is that "Mormons" conform to a rigid, structured and therefore close-minded set of ideologies. I have determined, quite the opposite is true. The Prophet Joseph Smith has said, “The inquiry is frequently made of me, ‘Wherein do you differ from others in your religious views?’ In reality and essence we do not differ so far in our religious views, but that we could all drink into one principle of love. One of the grand fundamental principles of ‘Mormonism’ is to receive truth, let it come from whence it may.” I believe the doctrines of a Preexistence, Eternal progression, and the Atonement as understood by Latter-day Saints require us to acknowledge and embrace truth as it is disseminated, regardless of its source, so long as the Holy Ghost confirms it. No other denomination or religion relies so heavily on tolerance. So too, no other religion or denomination can answer that question which perplexes the thoughtful individual being, "What is the purpose of this life?" We can affirmatively answer, "We as the children of God are not a 'creation' or merely a 'creature.' We are the literal children of God, each of us has a divine potential and a divine inheritance." As the children of God, we are better than the world tells us. More valuable to God than what the world often leads us to believe. It is up to each of us, individually, to make the choice to obey God and learn of Him through the perfect example of His Son, Jesus Christ. If life eternal is to know God, there is no faith or philosophy which gives us more understanding of our relationship

How I live my faith

I am grateful for the opportunities I have to share the Gospel by virtue of the Lord's command that individual members of His Church serve in the ecclesiastical roles required by the Lord and His earthly kingdom. I echo the Prophet Joshua by saying, "Choose ye this day whom ye will serve.." I believe that each of us is daily given the opportunity and freedom to choose Christ. I love the frequent opportunities I have to accompany the full time missionaries into the homes of those in my congregation and community to fulfill the responsibilities which the God has given me. I appreciate the sacrifice and pleasure it is to teach to Gospel to God's Children. I believe, as Apostle Boyd K. Packer taught, "True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior." As I teach and counsel in Sunday meetings and in the homes of members of my congregation and community, I am filled with the Spirit and my ability to be effective is increased through the bestowal of the Holy Ghost as I become more receptive and aware of it's promptings. I appreciate the many opportunities to sacrifice and serve the Church provides. These opportunities give us the necessary tools which perfect us and aid us in our daily goal to follow our Savior and Master, Jesus Christ.