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Hi I'm Travis

I am a family man and a board gamer! I'm a Mormon

About Me

My background is varied and diverse though I am only 26. Having grown up in a small town in Southern England and as the youngest of 6 children I needed to develop my own interests. My interests did develop starting with technology and computer gaming, however, as I entered my teenage years I moved on to more social activities like sports such as Basketball and football (soccer). As I became a young adult I enjoyed hiking and camping and the outdoors. Now in my adult years I am married and a father of two (soon). I love to travel and socialise with friends and family. I do this best with my hobby of board gaming (with games such as Ticket to Ride or Settlers of Catan). It provides and opportunity to eat and chat (whilst having good fun) whether about what you did that day or your feelings and beliefs. I work as administrator in an office doing paperwork for a pension company. I have learnt what it means to serve as I serve both professionals and the elderly alike. Like others I deal with the daily commute, raising a family, being a husband and maintaining my obligations in our busy lives. Despite so much happening as with most people, I strive to maintain my standards and beliefs as it is an integral part of who i am.

Why I am a Mormon

I want to live a life of truth and happiness, not the fleeting happiness of the food I've just eaten or the new possession I have purchased but lasting happiness built on noble principles and good standards. In the modern world today, it is hard to find these things. But as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have experienced this lasting happiness, a happiness that brings peace to troubled hearts and minds. These experiences or events have and still do confirm to me that I am part of a larger family; that is a child of a loving father in Heaven and that I have a Saviour who can take away my feelings of weakness and inadequacy, and wants me to be strong and return with him to our Father in Heaven. These events fill my life whether it was when I was a young man at a youth conference or at my home reading scriptures about Jesus Christ or how they provided answers to questions I had that I could not find adequately elsewhere. Alternatively I have had wonderful uplifting encounters as I served as a missionary sharing about my faith and beliefs. Its about those times that can truly speak to your heart (when you or I listen and pay attention). This church is true organisation that Jesus Christ brought to the earth, I know it. I know that he will answer us personally but that he has provided an organisation with prophets and apostles to guide us/me through difficult times. Finding my way by myself is not enough neither is relying on another but heading the prophets and seeking confirmation directly will provide me with the truth I need to direct my life to the happily ever ever I desire.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day by making decisions that hopefully the best possible choices. Where possible I share this whether by directly discussing it when people ask questions and are curious or by example through the standards I strive to keep. Being part of the local community is an important part of how I live my faith and I do this by supporting my wife as she helps with a local brownie unit (which provides activities for young girls), and by helping at their camps and activities as well as caring for our children in order that she can go. I also have responsibilities at my local church unit and these include teaching a class for the adult male visitors and by organising social activities that help build friendships so that we can strengthen one another should we need it. Living my faith is more than words but it is the small actions that we take each day. These small things will do will affect how we react to big decisions.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Travis
At some point you will hear the word testimony and wonder what this means whether it is at a church service or when socialising. This is something treasured that is being shared with you because a testimony is an experience or event where something is felt in our heart and mind, often described as a spiritual witness by the Holy Ghost. It is how we recognise the truth of both the doctrine taught and organisation. This can be felt in different ways so there is no one way or one answer that provides these testimonies. For example I gained my testimony that God was my Heavenly Father and that as a father he loves me (and all of us) through prayer. I felt in my heart whilst away at a convention a love and peace fill me as if warming my whole frame whilst praying and reading from scripture one morning. These moments we have where we ask and receive answers, are how we form our testimony and it develops from a belief in God our loving Heavenly Father into a belief in our saviour Jesus Christ and his atonement for us and mankind. It will also develop to include the prophet Joseph Smith and the restoration of Jesus Christ's church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) that is now lead by living prophets to guide us in this time and period. I know these things are true because I had and continue to have these moments because I feel in my heart and mind of the truthfulness of these things. Show more Show less