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Hi I'm Travis

I grew up in Hawaii, and am studying to become a Chemical Engineer. I will soon be serving a mission in Japan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy martial arts, and am a brown belt in Judo. I am currently training for my blue belt in jiu-jitsu. I enjoy the outdoors; camping, hiking, biking, and running are among my favorite activities. I am also into gaming -- I play Starcraft II with my brothers and cousins every once in a while. I love my family and friends and would give my life for any of them. Most importantly, I love the gospel because it has changed my life. This is where my devotion lies -- the our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the gospel is true. The more I study, the more I am convinced mentally and spiritually that this church is Christ's personal church upon the earth. That being said, it's not as if other churches are necessarily wrong or bad, but rather that they are missing key elements that have been restored through the personal establishment of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Jesus Christ Himself, through Joseph Smith. I love the gospel because it has brought me joy in my life, as well as motivation and purpose to press forward through trials, identity to provide solace, and answers to essential questions such as why we are here, where we are going, and where we came from. These answers provide clarity and peace to my soul, and make sense of why tragedies occur, as well as why God exists and is a loving, caring parent to us all. I am glad to be a member of this church, having the guidance I do, because it has enhanced, enlarged, and enlightened my life.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a Missionary, in the Japan Fukuoka mission. I spend all my time devoted to the Lord. My purpose for these next two years is to invite others to come unto Christ. I strive to spend every minute focused on this -- loving the Lord, being guided by the Spirit, and loving people. I also participate in Sacrament meetings and other various church meetings.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Travis
Of course He did. Jesus Christ is our loving Lord and Savior. Since He loves all of us, and He visited the Jews, it must needs be that, since He is an unchangeable God and an impartial God, that He would have visited His other children, too, in North America. This visit is detailed in 3 Nephi, beginning in Chapter 11, and, indeed, prophesied throughout the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Travis
Many people I know think of living as a Mormon as sort of a burdensome and restrictive life. And yes, as a Mormon I believe that the Lord does require much. When I was younger, I never used to understand why. I always thought that these were just "rules" and if I followed them then I could attain to this abstract concept which my leaders called "eternal life," or living forever with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. However, especially in the last few years, I've come to a deeper realization of WHY He requires so much of us. And it's not to repay Him or to meet some demands of justice or whatever have you -- EVERYTHING He asks us to do, and I mean EVERYTHING, is for our own good. It is always for our eternal progression and our eternal happiness. And I have found that whenever I follow the gospel, no matter how desirable some other activity or involvement might have seemed, that's when I'm happy. That's when I'm content. That's when I progress the most and become closer and closer to who I really want to be -- and that's like Jesus Christ. So, in short, being a Mormon requires much of us, but it promises more than what you'll find anywhere else in the universe -- a true pathway to everlasting joy and infinite progression. Indeed, as I engage in the work, just as in any other endeavor, be it exercise, study, etc., the more I do, the easier and more naturally it comes. The gospel is NOT a burden. It is a challenge that contains richer rewards than you could ever imagine. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Travis
Yes, we believe that Jesus Christ is the literal, only Begotten son of the Father. He, the Father, and the Holy Ghost are united in purpose and glory, but are separate and distinct personages. Other than that, our views on Jesus Christ aren't really different from the rest of Christianity. He came to earth, lived a perfect life, and then suffered and died for us. He overcame both physical and spiritual death, meaning that through his suffering we can be resurrected (thus overcoming physical death), and be forgiven of our sins and return to Heavenly Father again (thus overcoming spiritual death). However, through modern-day revelation, we can find a much deeper appreciation of the Atonement and the Savior's role in our salvation as it is and has been expounded on by prophets, apostles, and other soul-searching faithful saints. Show more Show less