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Hi I'm Troy

I was once able to triple jump over 45 feet. Now, I have four kids and coach their sports whenever possible. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I moved to California from Arizona when I was 5, and I love living in the Golden State - which is probably why my wife and I always seem to find our way back here. We did short stints living in Oregon, New York (for grad school at Cornell), and Singapore (for work); but, we're happy to be here long term. My wife and I were married in the Salt Lake City temple 14 years ago, and our oldest child is almost 12. Things are pretty busy at our house. 3 kids are in baseball, all 4 will be on the swim team this summer, my wife volunteers at the school, I'm VP of the swim team board, and our dog just had puppies. When I do find some downtime, I like to unwind with friends in a bowling league or train for the occasional triathlon.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both of my parents were converts in their teens, and have strong testimonies of the gospel. From an early age, I remember both of my parents instilling in me and my siblings the blessings that come from living the gospel standards. As I grew older, I had to learn to make decisions for myself about following Christ. I have had many experiences throughout my life that have confirmed my faith. I am grateful for the blessings that come through paying tithing, having family and personal prayer, and being honest in all my dealings. The beauty of the gospel, is that anyone can find out for themself that it's true.

How I live my faith

I try to be available for any assignment that the local church leaders ask me to fulfill. Currently, I teach Sunday School for the 12-13 year olds. But, in the past I've been an advisor to the young men (12-18 year olds), Asst. Scout Master, and executive secretary to the local Bishop. Outside of church organizations, I try to make sure those I interact with know my standards. My co-workers know that I don't drink alcohol or swear, and that I don't work on Sundays. I have found that I don't have to be 'preachy' about my standards; but, when I share them with others in a sincere manner, I find that people generally respect my commitments. It's a challenge to live in an area where so many activities happen on Sunday - especially for my kids. But, we try to do family activities that help them understand that Sunday is a special day - and we're really impressed with them when the make the decision to keep that Sabbath day holy, even without our knowledge. We try to have family prayer every morning and before every meal, and everyone has an assigned day. Sometimes the kids are embarrassed to pray in front of their friends, but not as embarrassed as when I ask their friends to pray. It's my running gag with the kids and their friends, but the new friends don't know I'm joking when I do it. I think it's an ice breaker that opens up the opportunity for the kids to talk to their friends about the gospel... if they want to.