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Hi I'm Travis

I'm an outdoor enthusiast, a sports fanatic, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Utah and grew up in the church. Right now I'm serving a mission in Tampa Florida. I love to be outside and see the beauty that is all around us. I'm very big into fishing in the beautiful rivers of the rocky mountains, and as of late in the gulf of Mexico off the west side of Florida. I also love watching and playing all kinds of different sports. I'm always up for trying something new and exciting. My family is very important to me, as well as my friends. I know I couldn't have gone through many of the things in life without them. I've always had great friends as examples to me, and have a testimony that if we surround ourselves with good influences we can easier overcome temptation.

Why I am a Mormon

Well I am originally a mormon because I was brought up going to church with my family. But I continue to be a faithful member of the church because of the blessings I receive when i follow the commandments of God. Even though I grew up in the church and followed most of the commandments for all my life it wasn't until I had to make the decision whether to serve a mission or not that I gained a strong testimony for myself and understood better why I'm so blessed. Before leaving on my mission I had a very simple testimony of the scriptures and how I had found answers in them. Although I believed in living day prophets and the restored gospel I had never received an answer from God that all that was true. I knew that was something I needed if I was going to testify of its truthfulness to people who were searching for the gospel, so I put myself to study and pray. I recall one morning saying a very heartfelt prayer to our Heavenly Father and pleading for a witness from the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith was His prophet and that I should serve a mission. I received subtle impressions that lead me to the scriptures, and specifically the book of Moses in the Pearl of Great Price chapter 1 verses 40-41. As I read those verses I knew that Moses was speaking of the restoration of the gospel through Joseph Smith and the Spirit came into me and made my heart burn with the desire to serve a full-time mission for the Lord. Since then I've strived to have better communication and a closer relationship with God and in turn I've been happier and felt the love of our Heavenly Father in my life more frequently.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to be an example and a light to those that are searching for a better life. I do my best to be guided my the Holy Ghost to know who I can help and what I can do to lift those around me. I try to live a clean and pure life so that I can be a useful tool in the hands of the Lord.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Travis
The expense of missionaries are funded by themselves mainly, and other members of the church in their area. It is encouraged that young men or women that want to serve a mission save as much money as they can to be able to pay their own expenses while they're on their mission. If that isn't possible members of their family, or members of the church in their area may donate to help pay for their costs. Through the blessing of these donations many people have the opportunity to hear about the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Travis
We can come to know our Heavenly Father the same way we come to know anyone around us, by learning about him and by speaking with him. He's given us the wonderful gift of prayer, He hears our prayers and answer them through His Holy Spirit, the scriptures, and His servants on earth. I know that if we strive to have a relationship with Him that He will extend his loving arms to us and we can come to know Him as our Eternal Father. Show more Show less