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Hi I'm Trevor

I'm a husband and father of two. I'm going to be a doctor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First of all, I am one of twenty-six kids. I'm sure some of you are thinking polygamy but I assure you it's not. My mom and dad had thirteen kids of their own. I am the twelfth so I'm glad they decided to have as many as they did or else I might have ended up in a completely different family with a completely different life. My mom passed away after a struggle with breast cancer when I was thirteen and two years later my dad remarried. Ironically enough, he found a wonderful woman who had had thirteen kids with her first husband. I love my family and it is fun to be around them all. Especially when our seventy or so (I can't keep track of all of them) nieces and nephews are all around with their parents for the holidays. This family culture has helped me be a better husband and father in my own family, especially with the responsibility of preparing for medical school and a career in medicine.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. As I study the scriptures and am obedient to the commandments I gain a greater understanding of who He is and how He wants me to live in order to return and live with Him again. I am a Mormon because of prayer. I know I can openly communicate with my God and He will never let me down or lead me astray. I am a Mormon because I asked God which church was His and He answered me. To this day I am grateful for that answer and I will be forever.

How I live my faith

One of the most important ways I live my faith is by serving others around me. My wife and I teach the twelve, thirteen, and fourteen year olds in our congregation and it is such a wonderful experience. I love to work with the youth and hear them tell me how important Jesus Christ is in their lives. I also have a great opportunity to visit with two other families from our congregation and see how life is going for them. We talk about the gospel of Jesus Christ and how it helps the family unit and then we serve in any way they need. I also have a chance to work with missionaries from our church and help them prepare to teach others about Jesus Christ and how He can bless them in their lives. These young men and women are truly great examples of Jesus to me and I love to be around them and feel of their goodness as they devote all of their time and efforts to help others come unto Christ. It doesn't require church opportunities to serve either. I love to have my daily study of the scriptures, praying by myself and with my family and then seeing how what I've learned can make a difference in the life of somebody else. I have lots of opportunities to talk with people about their philosophies and beliefs. Having an opportunity to live mine to the fullest really makes it fun and rewarding to talk with others about how they view the world and life in general, and maybe even offer to help them learn more about what life is all about.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Trevor
I come from a huge, absolutely huge, mixed family. I have twelve brothers and sisters as well as thirteen step-brothers and sisters. My life could easily be the craziest, most ridiculous struggle out there. There are so many opportunities to think that my big family is just two smaller ones put together and so I have an allegiance to just one side, but I know that that isn't how Christ would do it. Because of faith in Jesus Christ we are a super big happy family. We still have struggles but I know that I have a mom on this side that I can turn to and find help from as well as my dad. I also have a mom on the other side waiting for me but I'm sure if I need some help she'd be one of the angels to come and give it. Most importantly I have my Heavenly Father who sent His Son to help all of us. Because of Him I get along with my step siblings just as if we'd spent our entire lives together and I know that that is a gift from having Jesus Christ's influence in my family. We aren't even all Mormons or at least not practicing, but we still can actually love each other and there is no great feud between the members of our family that believe differently. First and foremost, we are a family to encourage and serve one another just as Christ said when He taught us to love our neighbor as ourselves. We just can't forget that neighbor doesn't have to mean the person in the house next door. Sometimes, they're the ones that are in the room down the hall. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Trevor
A Mormon church is where a local congregation meets to be be spiritually uplifted by one another. Each Sunday we gather at the church to learn more about Jesus Christ and His gospel by hearing talks, attending classes, and participating in scripture study. We also have a sacred time, usually in the first hour of our meetings, when we partake of the sacrament. This is similar to communion or the eucharist in the Catholic church. During this time we remember the life of the Savior and think about what we can do to follow His example. The temple is a sacred place where God's children can go and learn more about His plan. A major difference between the temple and a church is that to enter a temple, one must have a temple recommend. A recommend is a statement that says one is living the standards required to enter and participate in the worship there. Anyone can obtain a recommend as long as they are willing to live according to the expectations that God has set forth for participation in the temple. In the temple one makes special promises with God that bring greater blessings to themselves and their families; specifically the opportunity to be married for time and all eternity and start a forever family. This means that you will be married to your spouse and be a parent to your children even after your life on Earth. Show more Show less