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Hi I'm Taylor.

I have a wife and three daughters. I'm a medical student and future health policy maker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When my parents were divorced, I was only four years old. My mom moved to Canada with my older brother and me, and that is where I grew up. I loved to go snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains with my brother and his friends. I also loved school, especially science. So, after returning from serving as a missionary in Tokyo, I came down to the United States to prepare to become a doctor. I met and married the most full-of-life girl I've ever met, and we support each other in everything we want to do. Along the way to planning to become a doctor, I became interested in health policy because of some of the business classes I took. Because I've always had this great desire to make things more efficient and effective, I figured I could both be a doctor and make American health policy better. So that is my dream career. There are a few things, though, that I am willing to put before my career goals. The first is God. I know that if I put him first and also listen closely to the guidance He gives me, my career will become something greater than I could ever make it myself. The other thing is my family. I will always remember that they are more important than any career-related thing; after all, a career is temporary, families are forever.

Why I am a Mormon

Originally, I was a Mormon because my family was Mormon. But why am I still a Mormon, even after moving to a different country and having a family of my own? There are a thousand reasons, but I think the very core reason is because I know that this church is Christ's one true church--His only church on the earth that has His authority to perform ordinances like baptism and the joining of families for eternity, the church that has a prophet who is Christ's mouthpiece on the earth. But how did I come to "know" that? I followed a simple process taught to me by my parents: I read the Book of Mormon daily and I prayed about it often. And I never had a certain moment where I felt like angels were shouting at me to believe, but I have had tons of quiet moments praying about these things when I felt a calm, content, this-is-correct-and-everything-is-of-God kind of feeling. Those feelings are as real as the science I'm learning in medical school. And I know that anyone else who tries out that simple process will feel those feelings as well because God wants us to know the truth that will bring amazing peace and happiness to our lives, as it has to mine.

How I live my faith

This is a really tough question because "living my faith" is so much more than just going to church or believing in God. It influences every part of my life because I know God wants me to love and serve all the people around me, have pure thoughts, and enjoy life. So that's what I try to do. Kneeling down and praying every morning and night helps. And so does reading His words daily. And attending church on Sunday. And teaching my daughters to do the same. And thinking about how I can be a better husband. And realizing my best is enough. This is how I live my faith.

Are Mormons Christians?

Taylor.
I love this question! It gives such a great opportunity for people to learn about the Church. If you define a "Christian" to be a person who believes in Jesus the Christ, then the answer is YES, unequivocally YES! He is the head of this church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he is the one who guides our prophet. However, there is another definition of Christian, and this is the one that causes the confusion. Some people define a "Christian" as a member of a Catholic or Protestant religion. Is our church Catholic or Protestant? No, so that's why we are sometimes said not to be Christians, even though we believe in Christ. Doesn't this discussion beg the question, "If you all believe in Christ, then what is the difference between your church and the Catholic and Protestant religions?" Yes, a great opportunity to learn about the divine origins of this church, which I know to be Christ's one true church on the earth, the church with the fulness of His Gospel, doctrine, and authority, all of which is given to us to help us receive peace and joy! Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Taylor.
To understand our stance on this issue, a few truths must first be understood. Then I'll explain how those truths explain our position on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. 1. All people on earth, regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion, are children of the same creator--our Heavenly Father (AKA, God). Thus, we love others as our brothers and sisters! 2. Our Heavenly Father has given us commandments to help us be happy. Actions in opposition to these commandments (sins) will always ultimately result in sorrow. 3. Our love for others compels us to do all we can to help them obey. 4. People's ability to make choices for themselves (i.e., agency) is a crucial part of this earthly test God is administering, and so we must respect and preserve others' agency. So how do these points explain our stance on homosexuality and same-sex marriage? Acting on homosexual inclinations is a sin, and thus we will never condone such actions because of our love for others and abhorrence for sin (even if this stance results in persecution). Thus, we will always oppose laws that politically legitimize or socially subsidize homosexual behaviors. Yet, we would not go so far as to force people to abstain from engaging in homosexual behaviors, for we must leave the choice to them. Show more Show less