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Hi I'm Trent

I grew up in the western United States - Utah, California, Washington. I'm a web developer and a piano tuner.

About Me

When I'm not doing my full-time job as a web developer, I enjoy piano tuning on the side. I enjoy motorcycling and writing. Favorite subjects to write about are: my mission, and my studies in the scriptures. I have four kids, with a fifth on the way. I graduated from USU in 2002. After graduating in with a degree in Business Information Systems, I continued working as a piano technician for a few years until I found an opportunity to use my degree.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I felt the Spirit of the Lord in my sunday school classes, as we sang the hymns, as I read scriptures, as I participated in my family's Family Home Evening events. When I was seventeen, I read the Book of Mormon and knew as I prayed about it that it was the word of God. I believe in Christ because, as I have struggled to be a better person, I have ofttimes felt His help in ways that were deeply personal and deeply meaningful to me. The only way I know how to describe those is experiences is to say that, for me, they brought a spiritual kind of freedom. That freedom seems to come most readily as I renew my covenant of baptism by partaking of the sacrament. It is these experiences that have given me faith in my Savior, and in the saving power of His priesthood ordinances. Without the restored gospel to guide me, I don't think I'd know very much about the Lord's commandments, or the principles of moral right and wrong that I know He expects me to live by. I would not know the joy that comes of making the effort to live the standard set by His gospel, and I wouldn't know the joy that comes with feeling His help in that effort. Without the gospel, I wouldn't know who I am, or why I'm here in on Earth. The answers to those questions give meaning, purpose, and direction to my life. To me, the greatest joys in this life are having the Lord's help as I strive to do better at living my faith, loving and spending time with my wife and children and the rest of my family, and knowing that I'll be able to continue to have those joys forever, because my family is eternal. I'm a Mormon because somebody cared enough to serve a full-time mission, and they happened to knock on my grandmother's door some forty years ago. That said, I feel it important that I care enough to do what I can to share the joy and the sense of meaning that have been a part of my life because of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I attend church regularly, as well as other functions such as the ward Christmas party. I have served as an organist and pianist in the Church since January 2000. I like to be a part of the choir, when we have one - especially at Christmas time.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Trent
The Savior has instructed his followers, both in ancient and modern times, to "teach every nation, kindred, tongue, and people". We strive to interest friends and family members in learning more about the Church, and we serve as full-time missionaries because we want to keep that commandment, and because we cannot fathom keeping something so incredible and wonderful as the gospel of Jesus Christ to ourselves. I've heard some complain about the nuisance of having people from other faiths knock on their doors, sure. But I've also had people I baptized tell me they could not believe that as a youth, I had left my home and family and everything I knew behind to go travel to their country, learn their language, adjust to their culture, seek them out, and bring them the most valuable gift they had ever received: the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I so miss the experiences of my mission, that I frequently hope and often pray that the Lord will see fit to call me to serve as a full-time missionary again someday. Show more Show less