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Hi I'm Travis

I love baseball, jeeps and family; and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Arizona nearly all of my life. I am somewhat loud and generally always have a smile on my face. I probably crack too many jokes and sometimes forget to be serious even when I know I should, but I sure do love life! I married my high school sweetheart and we have four wonderful children. Well, they are usually wonderful. We have two sons and two daughters. We love Disneyland. I love old Jeeps (CJs). I have had two of them over the years. Just sold my CJ7 that I had for about 17 years. This Jeep had a corvette motor in it. If you have never whipped some knucklehead in his sports car while being in a Jeep...well, you haven't lived. I love sports. By far, my favorite is baseball. I will play just about anything, but really all the other sports exist only because you cant play baseball all year round. I am going on the premise that there is baseball in heaven :) I sell homes for a living. I should say I used to - with the market as pathetic as it is now, it would be more accurate to say that I "give" them away. I like going to bed early and getting up early (my wife is the exact opposite). I drink Dr. Pepper, despite quitting a million times. Discipline is obviously one of my strongest attributes. My wife and I go on a weekly date every week. We have only missed a couple of days thru-out all these years. Marriage to me is one of God's greatest blessings to his children.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a mormon? There are hundreds of possible reasons. One is because my parents are mormon and this is how I grew up. Growing up in the Mormon church was both a blast and a help. My memories as a boy are wonderful. I remember singing primary songs as a youngster, going camping on the "Father and Son outing", and I must have gone camping with our Boy Scout troop 25 times or so. But there was more than just having fun, I remember being given jobs of responsibility. I remember doing many service projects and trying as a class or scout troop to help someone or some family. It was awesome to see how easy it was to help, but yet how happy it made some of the people feel. Growing up in the church helped me to stay out of trouble (usually). I had great friends that are still some of my best friends today. Today, the Church helps me to keep my life balanced. I always have opportunities to help others and I receive help too. I am always reminded about the importance of family, especially the importance of a happy marriage. But despite all of these reasons (and tons more), I am a Mormon because I know it's true. I wish I could type some grand experience I had earlier in my life that proved to me that the Church was true, but that was not the case with me. It was simply the Holy Ghost wispering to me on many many occasions over the years. It was reading the scriptures and having some verse hit me so hard that my eyes teared and it felt like Heavenly Father was giving me a hug. It is because just like everyone else, I struggle; yet I feel the presence of the Lord when I need him most. I am a Mormon because being a Mormon is what makes my life feel right. As I try to obey the commandments of God and live righteously, I feel His love and I feel as though He watches out for my children. I believe that during this time in world history, there is no time that we have needed a living prophet more than today. God has given us just that.

How I live my faith

I live my faith first at home. I wish I could say we were perfect, but oh we are far from it. I wake up early in the morning and after a quick shower, I study the scriptures for about 30 minutes and then pray. This is one of the best parts of my day. Then on good days...we as a family have scripture study and family prayers before my children leave for school at about 6 am....yes it's tough. We also try to have family home evening on Monday nights. Once a month, we have two men come to our home to kindof check on us. They sometimes teach us a quick lesson, but mostly it is to see how our family is doing and what needs we may have. I hometeach a couple of families in our church as well and I am fortunate to have my 15 year old son as my companion for this assignment. I currently teach the young men (16-18 years old) at church. I teach them on Sundays during one class. We also get together on Wednesday nights and will either work on a service project, play games, learn how to do something (change oil in car or something), or we often have a career night where we listen to a professonal and he/she tells us what their job is like and how much schooling is required, etc. We also try to go camping a few times each year. This past wednesday night activity we combined all the youth boys and girls (12-18) and did a "flash mob". They learned a simple dance to music and we then showed up at a store and had about 50 youth dancing in unison (well...almost unison). Sunday really isn't a day of "rest" but it is a day of resting from our normal concerns. I am usually busy on Sunday thinking about others a lot more and thinking about myself a lot less. I feel closer to my Heavenly Father when I am engaged in something for my faith.