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Hi I'm Travis

I am a husband and father, a son and a brother, a US Army Officer and an extreme sports enthusiast and I am a Mormon.

About Me

God, Family, Country. These are my three great loyalties in descending order. I honor my loyalty to my God through my daily study of his words and through trying to live according to His teachings. I honor my loyalty to my family through being the best husband and father I can and by spending as much time as possible with my lovely wife and wonderful children. I honor my loyalty to my country through service as an officer in the United States Army and a continued commitment to community service. Through it all and with it all I seek the joy and fun in life. I've climbed mountains, wakeboarded on rivers, lakes and oceans, surfed, snowboarded hills both big and small, composed poetry on backwoods mountain bike excursions and lived as fully as I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I follow the teachings of my Savior Jesus Christ because it makes sense in my heart and in my head. Because I have received confirmation of the truthfulness of His words through confirmation of the Holy Spirit. And because I have studied extensively and find truth and wisdom each day in His words and the words of His prophets both ancient and modern. I am a Mormon because it keeps me happy and youthful and optimistic and honest and dedicated to a good cause.

How I live my faith

As a 19 year old I was asked to serve a two year full time service mission for my church, at my own expense, I accepted this challenge and have been gladly serving ever since. I belief that service and participation are the bedrocks of faith. I have served as leader to men's groups, youth, scouts, families and as a Sunday School instructor. Whenever I 'forget myself and go to work' I find myself more filled with faith and dedicated to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The beauty of it is that I am sometimes able to help others to be more dedicated as well! Daily scripture study, (The Holy Bible, The Book of Mormon, and continued revelation) daily prayer, and doing my best to live my covenants (promises I have made to my Heavenly Father) rounds out how I live my faith.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Travis
An excerpt from the official answer of the LDS church helps to lend to the understanding of why: "The “cult” label is usually applied by Church opponents attempting to criticize or discredit the Church. However, sometimes it’s simply a matter of characterization that has grown up over time by the lack of understanding." Additionally it has become uncommon for a faith to ask 'a lot' of members and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints asks a lot of it's members. I rejoice in being asked to serve as an exercise of my faith. It is not easy and does not aligned with the standards of the world and it's wonderful! Show more Show less