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Hi I'm Travis

I grew up in Minnesota; I love the outdoors; I'm a happy husband & father of 3 daughters; I'm a railroader, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to my college sweetheart for the last 23 years. We are raising three beautiful daughters together. I live for them - it is my favorite aspect in life. I work for a large, eastern United States freight railroad, serving as a sales & marketing manager to many automakers in this country. I love watching my oldest daughter play the tuba with her university's marching band; I love watching my middle daughter dance at competitions and at halftime of our local high school's football games; I love supporting my youngest daughter with her dance company. One of the best days of my life was in December, 2010 when all three of them played Christmas music on their violins on one of the oldest streets in the oldest city in this country. It is so fun to watch my wife inspire the hearts of the high school kids that she teaches. She is also the varsity cheer coach there, and I love how she helps them become the best young ladies that they can be. Personally, I enjoy hockey, reading, traveling, nice cars, anything Canada, jogging and bicycling. We have three cats. One is a stray; one thinks he's an alpha-male (he's really a whimp), and our newest one likes to tease the other two.

Why I am a Mormon

Like everyone in this world, I falter. I need to be reminded each week that God's goodness, patience and forgiveness can be mine. I believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. Faith and repentance, and having a broken heart and a contrite spirit bring me closer to the Savior. Years ago, a prophet of God said that "...there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent." The Light and Life of this world gives me hope that maybe I, a very imperfect husband and father, can receive salvation in and thru Him. And that's why I'm a member of His church. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The prophet James said this: "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1: 27 I've always felt that the more I'm converted to the Gospel of Christ, the more willing I would be to serve his people. In our community - just like yours - there are many opportunities to provide service. There are people who need encouragement; there are others who need inspiration and guidance. Some need to just have somebody to talk to. I love that I don't have to be a spectator, but a participant on the stage of community service. As often as once a week, I try to actively serve in the town I live in. Those whom I provide service are sometimes a part of our church congregation; other times they are not, but I have learned to really enjoy getting to know people. I'm a Big Brother in the BBBS program in our city; I have helped repair a roof; cut down trees; assisted with the cleanup of a community after Hurricane Katrina (and four others); moved others from one side of town to another; cooked funnel cakes for four marching band seasons and three graduating classes at our local high school; and assisted a young man by getting him enrolled at a community college. I love to lighten others' burdens; I love giving them hope, and if I've made just one person's day a bit brighter, it's motivating enough to continue serving.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

I would say that if you're really searching to know for yourself, come unto Christ with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Study the principles of the restored Gospel; read of these things and ponder them in your heart. Then ask God our Father if these principles that you have been presented are true. If you ask sincerely with real intent and faith, God will answer you. Show more Show less