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Hi I'm Travis

I am studying to be a Mechanical Engineer, and am serving as a missionary in the Illinois Chicago West Mission. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, rifle shooting, and backpacking. I attended Arizona State University before deciding to serve a two year mission to teach others about the gospel and the blessings that following Christ can bring. I am currently serving in the Illinois Chicago-West mission. When I return I will resume my schooling and work toward my goal of becoming a mechanical engineer.

Why I am a Mormon

I used to be Mormon simply because my parents had raised me in the church. I took a lot that the church taught for granted, and depended on others to tell me what was right and true. Recently, however, I put a lot of thought into who I am, why I'm here, and where I'll go when I die. Of course the church answers these questions, and I could explain the answers to these questions to others but they were meaningless to me. I knew the information with my head, and could regurgitate answers like any good Primary kid could, but they were meaningless. It wasn't until I began to really try to understand these teachings that they gained some meaning to me. I have learned to stand on my own feet as it were. I no longer need to depend on others to reaffirm the truthfulness of this gospel to me, since I now know for myself. Ever since I reached these realizations, I have been learning more about myself and the type of person I want to be. That is the real reason I am a member of the church. It is because of what you can learn about yourself, and what you can become. It is because the church gives hope when it's most needed and forgiveness when it's most sought after.

How I live my faith

It's in the little things, the minute details of life, that one lives his faith. When presented with a decision will he take the road less traveled, or go on the path of least resistance? These thoughts have helped me stay motivated to live my faith by continually striving to walk the path that the Savior would have me walk. I'm not perfect; I'll be the first to tell you that. The Savior doesn't require immediate perfection, only immediate progression. As we try to follow him and live a Christlike life we will have that progression.