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Hi I'm Travis

I'm from Arizona! I study the universe. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I'm the oldest of 2 and that's perfect. My brother and I enjoy small town living and big time fun and try to keep things interesting. I am a connoisseur of firearms and finely crafted piano's. I am going to college to become a mechanical engineer so I can build awesome things to save the world. I search the deepest depths of the universe through my home observatory, charting the skies in search of extra-solar planets, earth-bound asteroids and an occasional supernova.

Why I am a Mormon

Sometimes people are concerned about "all our little rules" as Mormons. I've gotta tell you though, because of that guidance or those "rules", this is the most liberating lifestyle imaginable! There's no avoidance of trials in life, but being a Mormon has shown me how to take them on the right way; you have to consider the BIG picture :) I was born into an LDS family, but I have figured out for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. I wouldn't choose to live any other way, and there's no way I could be as happy without the guidance that comes from it! My confidence and trust centers on Jesus Christ, and the bible explains it perfectly: 2nd Corinthians 5, speaking of the believers: "... we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) ... Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him." Because of the testimony I have worked for, and the Spirit I've felt, I have an obligation and personal need to share it with other people. I never doubted going on a mission. Two years might seem pretty massive, but it's nothing when compared to God's word and works, not to mention the greatest amount of joy I've EVER experienced in my whole life! I am so grateful for the opportunity to be baptized, and partake of the sacrament to be clean. I know The Book of Mormon is true and that anyone who reads it will know for themselves. I am especially thankful for the temples which we can enter to learn more about Heavenly Father, and about ourselves. I have a testimony that families can be together forever, and be happy for eternity. I know God lives, I know His church is on the earth. I know Jesus Christ is my savior. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I am serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! I share the message of the Gospel with everyone! I seek to love and serve all those around me, and I try to understand their desires and needs and help them see how Jesus Christ and His Atonement can change their lives. I have prepared for this mission my entire life by attending church, living the gospel standards, serving others, heeding the words of the prophet, and attending the temple. In my family, and at church I have learned about the gospel since a young age, and throughout the years I've answered the call to serve in leadership capacities, callings as they relate to my musical skills, and most important of all, the call for every worthy young man to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Today's scientific research yields incredible discoveries every day which give testimony to the reality that there is a God! Unfortunately, the same research often espouses an effort to eliminate God from the picture of Creation and ascribe the complexity and order of our universe to both chance and circumstance. Elder Russel M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles once stated: "... some people erroneously think that these marvelous physical attributes happened by chance or resulted from a big bang somewhere. Ask yourself, “Could an explosion in a printing shop produce a dictionary?” The likelihood is most remote..." Man's search for knowledge will be greatly enhanced if we look to God as our Father and our Creator. Not only will He guide us in our search for truth, but "...he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things" (Moroni 10:5). Our acceptance of God in all creations will be but little in return for Him including us as part of His great Creation. I know that God is our Maker and knows us perfectly! If the morning dew upon the grass can testify with power, then how much more need do we have to lift up our voices as did King Benjamin, "Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things..." (Mosiah 4:9). I know that God lives, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Jesus Christ was baptized and taught that we too must be baptized to be forgiven of our sins. We do this so that we can receive blessings and also make ourselves eligible for entering the Kingdom of God. Baptism is the first of the gospel covenants, and prepares us to further promise our devotion to our Father in Heaven by keeping His commandments and serving Him. Show more Show less