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Hi I'm Travis

About Me

I'm a 30-something professional in Los Angeles. Originally from Seattle, I worked for four years in local TV news, assigning reporters to stories and keeping track of breaking news. I left the news world to pursue my MBA and I now focus on marketing and media management. I love to play games, go to movies, eat out, throw parties at my house, and just have a good time!

Why I am a Mormon

Although my family roots in the Church go back almost to the beginning of its history, I am a Mormon by choice. If I didn't truly believe, it would be much too difficult to live! I love the doctrine that each individual can receive answers to his/her prayers directly from God. My faith is not some abstract belief--it is grounded in God's answers to my prayers and in concrete experiences that I cannot deny. I have felt God's answers to my prayers. We are taught in the Church to study an issue out in your mind, come to a conclusion and then ask God if it is right. "And if it is right, I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right." I have had this kind of clear answer to my prayers on multiple occasions. The Lord has given me distinct answers in critical decisions such as which job to choose, which city to live in, and which university to attend. I have also been a frequent recipient of his tender, loving mercy in asking for his help to overcome challenges in my life. I am not a Mormon simply because my family is Mormon. I am a Mormon because the Lord has clearly and undeniably given me concrete experiences to confirm his love, mercy and truths to me.

How I live my faith

I strongly believe that the primary purpose for our lives is to learn to develop the capacity to love others as God the Father and Jesus Christ love us. As the Apostle Paul taught the Corinthians, "And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity (love), I am nothing." I live my faith by trying to develop a loving and generous disposition through openness and service to others. When someone approaches me for a favor, is my first inclination to find out how I can help, or to find an excuse to dodge an obligation? Do I seek ways to brighten the lives of others, or do I count the ways the world has wronged me? Of course, you can't develop a generous disposition just by hoping! You have to put yourself out there and start doing! I love being involved in our partnership with the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in South-Central LA. Each week, I tutor students from Kindergarten to High School in a wide variety of subjects. I've also been a part of combined choir concerts and other joint efforts between our faiths. This kind of outreach to others absolutely lifts my soul. I think they do more for me than I could ever do for them!

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Travis
I attended a semester-long seminar and internship in Washington, DC, while I was an undergrad. My fellow cohort of 12 interns knew me primarily as an "intellectual" from our classes together. They were very surprised to find out that I was Mormon and wondered how I could be both intellectual and religious. I think the key to increasing our faith in Jesus Christ first to desire to learn the things that he actually taught. If we seek him "with a sincere heart, with real intent," He will never turn away from us. Next, we have to try out these teachings in our own lives. Too many people think faith is simply believing--either you believe it or you don't. However, to those who doubted him, Christ taught, "My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself" (John 7:16-17). Honestly, it also builds my faith to hear others teach and testify of the word of God. They offer insights and perspectives that I never would have thought of. And as I hear their words, the Spirit can testify to my heart that the things they say are true. In the end, it is this clear, undeniable confirmation from the Holy Spirit to my heart that builds my faith and confirms that Jesus is my Savior, that He is God's Son, and that He loves and reaches out to us today. Paul taught that "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." I've always wondered how faith could be "substance" or "evidence" if it is simply believing in something. You often hear the phrase, "Just have faith," as if you should just believe in something for no reason. That doesn't seem like evidence of anything. However, if you recognize that faith comes from the witness of the Holy Ghost in your heart that the things you are reading, hearing or experiencing are from God, then you have direct evidence that they are true! It is a clear assurance from God that the things you hope for--such as a heaven, a Savior, seeing your family again in the afterlife--are indeed true. Show more Show less