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Hi I'm Travis

I love traveling, flying, music, and baseball. I'm a husband and a father.... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah in the shadows of beautiful Mt. Timpanogos. Growing up, I always dreamed of becoming a pilot and seeing the world. When I got my mission call to the Philippines, one of my dreams began to be realized. I developed a great love for the Filipinos and learned to greatly appreciate their culture. They have left a lasting impact on my life. My other dream was realized when I went to Utah Valley State College to learn to fly. It was here that I met my wife, Micaela, in an LDS Institute choir. This represented the most magical time in my life. We married a year later, and Micaela has been my strength and inspiration siince. We have been blessed with four children, two girls and two boys, and there has never been a dull moment. Micaela is almost done with her first year of homeschooling our kids and we learned a lot of things about ourselves in the process. We have had the opportunity to live in Utah, Hawaii, and now Maryland. I'm always amazed at how many good people there are wherever we live.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon faith, but like all members of my church, had to make a decision about my faith. I couldn't always rely on the faith of my parents. I had to know for myself if Jesus Christ really was my Savior and if The Book of Mormon was the word of God. This point came when I started in my church's seminary program during my 9th grade year in school. It was here that that I really learned about Christ's love for me, and that one of the manifestations of that love was The Book of Mormon, which I read in its entirety. At the end of this book is a challenge and a promise for those who read it: sincerely ask God in prayer whether The Book of Mormon is the word of God, and He will answer. This I did and received my answer, not through a loud voice, but through a "..still, small voice" from the Holy Ghost. I knew in my heart and mind it was true, and it was the word of God. I also came to know that God is real and His Son, Jesus Christ, is my Savior. Some might think that this meant my faith remained rock solid. Trials always follow wonderful experiences like this. I struggled with depression and other personal issues throughout high school and beyond. I questioned God's love for me as I battled these issues. My church mission strengthened my faith and showed me the peace and happiness that comes from faithful service to God. But I continued to struggle. It wasn't until several years later, when I sought help from my bishop that I began to get a handle on my depression. I sought professional counseling and attended an LDS 12 Step program to help me overcome an addiction that had accompanied my depression. I witnessed the power of the Savior's grace in other recovering addicts' lives to change, and I began experiencing this change for myself. My faith in the Savior, and in my church deepened. I still have trials of my faith and will continue to experience them, but I no longer blame God for my problems.

How I live my faith

Everyday we're all faced with multiple small decisions, some of which have big impacts in our lives. My faith plays a significant role in these small decisions. I ask myself what is the right thing to do, what would Heavenly Father want me to do. In my local congregation, I serve as the bishop's (similar to a pastor or priest) executive secretary. I'm responsible for arranging meeting schedules and arranging member interviews with the bishop. It's been a joy to serve in this calling as it has given me the opportunity to get to know my congregation. I've also previously served the youth in my current congregation, as well as in my congregation in Salt Lake City, Utah. This has been an unexpected blessing and joy as I've been able to witness the youth grow and learn in the gospel of Jesus Christ. They have taught me as much, or more, than I have taught them.