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Hi I'm Travis

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About Me

I grew up in Montana. Sort of a country boy, as it were. We had a few animals, but not enough to come close to calling it a farm. There were about 400 in my high school (9-12). Of those 400, I was one of maybe 15 members of the Church. I was definitely a minority which made being a member of the Church easier and harder. Easier because I was able to see the value of what I was taught and compare it to what others did. Harder because a lot more happened all around me, including within my circle of friends (who were mostly not members). It was a great experience. Jump ahead almost 15 years. I served a mission for my Church in Phoenix, Arizona. I went to BYU where I met my wife and graduated in Facilities Management. We have 4 wonderful boys who keep us hopping. Between work, calling at Church, rearing our children and finding time as a couple and by ourselves, life is very busy. I have learned a lot in the last 15 years, more particularly in the recent months. You see, I have tried to do what I know I should; read the scriptures, pray, etc. However, I did enough only to get by. In the last bit I have really tried to open my self to receiving heaven's help and inspiration by praying more earnestly and reading the scriptures more sincerely. I have wanted the Holy Ghost to be part of my life to help me. God has opened the windows of heaven and poured upon me blessings I never knew I could have. He has inspired me, led me, and guided me.

Why I am a Mormon

"Why I am a Mormon" is an interesting question. I grew up a member of the Church. Did I ever have a desire to seek elsewhere for truth through another religion. Yes I relied upon my parent's testimonies growing up. Yes I went through the motions as a teenager, doing what was expected of me. However, I did not do it blindly. I did not put my heart in it, but it did not seem wrong to me. I slowly developed a testinomy for myself by doing what was expected. It felt good. It felt right. If you zoom in on the root cause of why I am a Mormon, that's why. It feels good. It feels right. In my life's trials and troubles and difficulties, I have been supported and loved from on high. It has confirmed how I feel. Day in an day out I feel good about what I am doing and know, from experience, that it is my faith that drives it. Being a Mormon to me is a way of life that I have chosen because it makes my life better. I want that to be the foundation of what my family believes in because it has done amazing things for me. I believe there is always room for improvement. There is always room to be closer to God, and from what I have seen thus far, following the teachings of the Church have never failed me.

How I live my faith

There is a quote I love and try to live by. Hyrum Smith, an inspirational speaker within the Church said "What we do depends on how we feel about what we know." Every day I try to say my prayers and ready my scriptures. As often as I remember to. I am trying to get into the habbit, but habbits take time to form. When life is busy with work, 4 boys, family, wife, self, and calling, there is a lot demanding your attention. That is why I made the decision not long ago (way overdue) to be better at everything that would make me a better husband and father. I can't do this alone, but need heavenly help. I need inspiration. I need the Holy Ghost to guide me and give me the strength I need, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. What I want to do day in and day out can't happen unless I know Jesus is the Christ, my Lord and my Savior. I need to have a testimony of that fact. When I have that, everything I do is a result of how I feel about what I know. It drives me to action, doing what God would have me do. It puts me in a position to not only know the will of God but to have the abilities to do the will of God, whether it's how I raise my children, deal with problems in life, or better myself. Just like God is in everything, I want his influence to be a part of everything I do. God is always there, but the distance between Him and me is dependent upon how close I get to Him. He is always there, but my decisions, my actions, my thoughts and desires are what draws me closer or farther from Him. My faith is believing in God, Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Believing they are real and can help me be the best person I can.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Travis
Eternal life to me is living forever in God's presence. It's being together with my family whom I love and care for. Eternal life is living God's life, which means having a fullness of joy and happiness. That's what God wants for each and every one of us. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Travis
For many many years we have been taught by modern-day prophets of the importance of making sure we are prepared. For those that listened and went through disasters, they were blessed. Even if in all their preparations they lost everything, because they obeyed the prophets they were blessed. It just makes sense. If you love your family and want to make sure you do all you can to prepare for whatever may come, then it makes sense to have extra on hand. Be it food, clothing, first aid, etc. Being prepared physically and mentally goes hand-in-hand with being prepared spiritually. We need to fill up our lamps, as it were when we are feasting so when the famine comes we have something to draw from. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Travis
Faith is believing what you can't see. It's the fuel to the fire that makes it burn brighter and hotter. God demands we have faith in order to be successful at what he asks of us. Without it, we have nothing. We can't do anything His way. It truly is what drives our actions and helps us prove our love and devotion to God. When we can do that, He opens the windows of heaven and blesses us accordingly. Our faith increases because we see the cause and effect of what we have done. Because our simple belief caused us to act, we were blessed with a result that confirmed our faith. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Travis
Adam and Eve were a family from the beginning. It's how God intended us to reach our true potential. It's the source of true happiness (when you look past the trials), and when we are united as a family how can you doubt it? Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Travis
A ward is comprised of a geographical boundary that groups those people into a congregation. For those people that are members of the Church (and those that aren't that would want to attend), they would belong to that congregation and meet when they meet. There are leaders chosen out of that congregation, shepherds if you will. They help teach and direct and inspire. A stake is comprised of multiple wards. It has a larger geographical boundary and also has leaders called from the ward congregations. This way it is ensured the same doctrine is taught and all people have a shepherd to look up to as we are journeying to better know the Saviour. Similar to when Moses was encouraged by Jethro to have others help with the people. It was too much for Moses to handle by himself, so others were called below him and others below them. Show more Show less