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Hi I'm Travis

I'm a California kid, a sports fanatic, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a little city in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love California, primarily because I can play sports all year round. I played soccer and volleyball in high school, but played every intramural sport I could at college. From flag football to intertube water polo, whatever I could do to get out and run, I did. I also enjoy fixing things. I got the nickname "Mr. Fix it" in high school because I would always find a way to make things work. I have always been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and have been privilaged to have the strength and values that comes from living by the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I will be returning to college in the Fall, studying Accounting and Information Systems.

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, and have chosen to continue to follow it now as an adult because of the strength it has given me to endure trials, tribulations and to follow Jesus Christ. Simply put, it makes sense that God would not be the author of so much confusion regarding which church he approves of. Yes, we all have different walks and paths of life, but that doesn't change the fact that God's standards remain the same. But without the witness from the Holy Spirit, the logic wouldn't be worth anything. The comfort and peace felt when I pray and seek knowledge from the scriptures, including the Book of Mormon, is enough witnesss for me to know that regardless what the world may concern itself with, I know where my true foundation lies, with Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I serve as a full-time missionary currently, but I have served previously as a leader of a group of Young Men. We would organize different Boy Scouts activities as well as service opportunties. We hiked Mt. Whitney in Southern California, rode canoes in white water rapids, and rode mountain bikes in the Sierra's. We also took time every year to paint different schools in less-fortunate areas, and do yard work for elderly members of the congregation. These events are some of my fondest memories as I got to work side by side with my peers learning to love and serve as Jesus Christ did. As a missionary, I have concecrated two years to focus on fulfilling Jesus Christ's commission to "go forth and teach all nations". I serve in Texas, and have had the wonderful blessing of serving those who serve our country in the military. I am grateful for the opportunity I have to live my faith, because I have been blessed with the freedoms of a nation where religion is freely practiced. Serving others has been my life for the past 2 years, and I plan to carry that pattern with me in the future.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Travis
Mormons are asked to donate 10% of their income to the church, by church leaders, but that isn't why we do it. I do it because of my love for God and my desire to follow his commandments. In all reality, it isn't anything new. Tithing has been around since the Old Testament, and nowhere is it commanded to cease, therefore, we contribute an honest tithe to obey the commandments of God. When it comes down to "giving up" that 10% I know that it is more of a privilage than a burden. I am blessed to be able to contribute to the Kingdom of God on Earth. Those blessings come in many forms, from financial blessings, as well as the experience of learning to budget my income to accomodate paying tithing. The money is not used for a paid ministry, even being a full-time missionary, I don't get paid, but rather it is used for building church buildings, teaching supplies, and other educational and spiritual items to strengthen and uplift the followers of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less