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Hi I'm Taylor

Texan born and raised! I'm a computer guru. I love riding the open road on my motorcycle. I love the outdoors, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been born and raised in Texas by the two best parents in the world! They have provided for all my needs, and enabled me to gain an education that will help me for the rest of my life. My best area of expertise is computers. I suppose you could even say that I am a nerd. But computers are the only things I'm good at; I am an instinctive handy-man. I'm always anxious to fix anything that's broken, especially if it's something I've never quite done before. Experiences I can work on with my own hands bring so much satisfaction. I am very energetic and active. I just like to be moving or doing something. Whether mowing someones lawn, washing my friends car or fixing someones computer, I love to serve others. The longest lasting satisfaction I've found in my life has always come from helping someone other than myself. The “Love your neighbor” way of life that Jesus taught was among the best of the lessons I have learned from His examples. Although I enjoy video games like any average “nerd”, I love the outdoors! I love camping, hiking, fishing, bicycling, cliff jumping, swimming, dirt-biking and even motorcycling. The open country road gives way to many man made trails to explore.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to born into the church to wonderful parents. Growing up with them as my examples has definitely helped to keep me out of trouble in this troubled world. They have taught me to be kind to others, and understanding. They have done their very best to be like Jesus, and that example was well demonstrated to me throughout my childhood. Everybody faces struggles in their lives. That's just how life goes. I sure know that I’ve had struggles and difficulties, and I have definitely had trials. The only times I've successfully pulled through these kinds of things, is when I depended on Faith. I have learned from my experiences, that faith and trusting in God is what brings true happiness, lasting happiness. Alone, we do not have the power to endure life happily. I know we have a Father in Heaven who loves us, and desires to bless us to be happy. Blessings can only be given to us if we are obedient, and it is very much up to Us to be worthy. As we read in John 14:15, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." and in return he gives us promise in verse 18, "I will not leave you comfortless..." These are two of the many verses that have brought me hope in my life, and a desire to be better. That’s what being a “Mormon” is all about anyway. Trying the best we can. I have only ever accomplished this through doing what God wants me to do. I have found more happiness in life by living Gods gospel, and keeping all the commandments of God, than I have found in anything else or anywhere else. What makes me the very happiest in life is helping others. To have charity to uplift those around me to hopefully make their struggles in life easier for them to cope with. This is just what Jesus Christ did when he came to this earth. He loved people, he served them. And I do my best to be like him, and follow in his example. This world would be such a happier place, If only everyone followed the examples of Jesus Christ our ultimate role model. You too can find this same happiness.

How I live my faith

I finished a 24-month mission in August of 2012. With my experiences and trials before being sent out on my mission, God was truly preparing me for the adventures I faced in the “mission field.” One thing I love about teaching is that I learn so much more than I teach! It’s an oxymoron. Having open discussions with others about gospel topics greatly broadens my knowledge and understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and helps me to grow closer to my brothers and sisters all over this world! In my teen years I was very involved with the youth group in my local congregation, namely Boy Scouts. I am an Eagle Scout myself, which is the highest "rank" a young man can achieve in the Boy Scouts of America program. It was an exciting and thrilling experience. I have many cherished memories growing up with the church’s youth program, which helped shape me to become the MAN I now endeavor to be. I do my best to be kind to everyone, to be happy and positive, and to keep Gods commandments, as well as the laws of where I live. I strive each and every day to follow the council of the Prophets of God. We all struggle at times, but trial and hardship or heartache is a part of life. What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger, if You allow it to. I humbly believe that God gives us weaknesses to help us be humble. And as we look to him for strength, he will bless us with what we need to live a happy life. "Be Positive" is my ultimate life motto.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Taylor
We do not worship Joseph Smith. We honor him and his faith in God, just as we do any man with the faith to be a tool for good in the hands of God. In the Church, Joseph Smith served an important role in the beginning of our history. He was the man with the trust in the Lord to ask for the truth, and the faith that God would answer him. Joseph Smith was ready to grasp to what ever God told him was right, and to do anything the Lord asked of him. He was willing to serve the Lord. It all started with faith in God. We hold great respect and appreciation for what he has accomplished because of his faith in God. It was one of his jobs as a 'Prophet' to teach us to follow the divine example of Jesus, and to direct our worship to God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Taylor
I don't know of anyone that compares to Moses in individual character, but I have heard of many men with faith just as Moses's. Take a look at the words of the Prophets that have previously been chief-apostle of this church, their wonderful biographies and their 'good fruits.' These are men with such faith in God that they are willing to fully devote all their time and effort to proclaim His gospel, and to labor as his servants in this work. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. God loved his children enough in the past to give them a prophet to guide them throughout their journey's. Would God love us less in these days when the journey's are so much more difficult? My answer I really Do believe that God loves us the same today, that there really is a prophet today who receives revelation from God to guide us throughout our struggles. And what a blessing this is! Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Taylor
In the "Mormon" faith, we believe in helping and serving our brothers and sisters. With God as the father of all mankind, every human being that lives in this world is literally our brother and sister. In a world where the "Mormon standards" are not popular to live by, we do have to stick together to strengthen and support those in our church; but we are always eager to serve our neighbors. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Taylor
Great question! Before my mission, I saved up some of the money to be able to serve. Sometimes friends or other family members will also help to pay for a missionary to serve. Each person who chooses to serve a mission pays the same amount for their missions, and it all goes into a pot(so to speak), and the church manages it for us. This takes the stress of bills and such off of us missionaries so that we can be more devoted and fully focused on the work of the Lord. We don't receive any kind of paycheck for our service (otherwise it wouldn't be called service!). The blessings of spiritual influence and knowledge, along with many life skills and experiences is quite rewarding! There's nothing I could have done that would have ever been more rewarding than serving the Lord by serving his children and spreading the knowledge of his love and gospel throughout the area's in which I was called to serve. Now, my missionary work continues in other ways! There will always be people around me who need a loving helping hand, and there will never be anything more spiritually rewarding in life than being a tool in the Lords hands to do it. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Taylor
The official name of the "Mormon church" is the 'Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.' All my life in this church I have been raised to know and love the name of Jesus Christ as my savoir and redeemer. Each morning and night I pray to begin and end the day, it is always in the name of Christ. Some of the scripture passages that have personal meaning to me consist of the words Jesus spoke in the New Testament and The Book of Mormon. We are Christians in every way of the definition of the word. Christ was not just a great example to us, he was and is the Son of God. He pleaded for the sake of my sins and the sins of the world in the Garden of Gethsemane, as well as on the Cross at Calvary, and rose the third day from the Tomb. Jesus Christ is the greatest source I have for hope of salvation and good things to come. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Taylor
The Relief Society is the name of an organization for women in the church. It's a superb program designed to help women best apply their talents and abilities, to help and improve in church functions. This honestly has to be the Best organized church in the World. There's always an important way for someone to help out. The more people that serve, the more others receive service. I can still recall being a little boy, and my mom having the local Relief Society women over to our house to knit bandages for people with leprosy, and stitch blankets and hats for babies delivered in the hospital born into poverty. It's the best organization I've seen that enables women to combine their talents and abilities to share love towards those in the communities they live, and beyond. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Taylor
The best way I've come to understand and explain faith, is "belief in action." I can believe that God will answer my prayers before I pray. I can believe that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are His words recorded by prophets which will teach me about God and His Gospel. I can believe that in my current physical condition I can jog a mile. But if I never actually pray, I will never get an answer. If I never read the scriptures, I will never know what is in them nor what they teach of the gospel. If I never try to run the mile, I will never be able to say that I did. Faith is trusting in God and doing what he asks; what he commands. Just because we can't see him, and the world can't always provide "evidence," as they would claim, on certain subjects of the gospel, does not mean he does not exist or that something recorded in scripture is not true. Sometimes, faith is not faith until it's all you're holding on to. We have to trust that he will hold our hand while we are in the dark, and only He can see. He will help us understand, often through a little trial, that He loves us, and He always watch's over us. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Taylor
Mormons are the kind of people you want to be Best friends with! The fundamentals of our teachings revolve around Jesus teachings: Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, might, mind and strength; Love thy neighbor as thyself. "Mormons" is a nickname given to us. The true name of this church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This is Jesus Christ's church, and is lead by Him through Prophets and Apostles. We believe these are the latter-days, or the last days. We are all awaiting the time that Jesus will come again as promised in the scriptures, and we cling to his teachings so we can be ready when does. As a "witness of Christ," I consciously try my best to be my best. I remember the simple but true lesson my mom taught me, "treat others how you would like to be treated." As my faith in Christ has grown, I've discovered that it's not just about giving others the same treatment I desire, but loving them as children of God, my brothers and sisters, seeing them as Christ see's them. He suffered and died for them just as he did Me. I ought to treat them kindly! When you're "trying to be like Jesus" life becomes much happier to live. When you're a kind person, people generally give you the same kindness in turn. This world definitely needs more kindness. The kind where when people are around you, they "feel" a difference about you. They can somehow sense that you live a Christian life. Christian lived lives is our mutual strive to faith. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Taylor
The "Law of Chastity" as we refer to it is the same thing God has taught since the beginning. God approves marriage ONLY between man and women. Before marriage we should abstain from sexual relationships, and when we marry, we should respect our spouses and remain faithful to them. It also involves keeping our hearts and minds clean from impure thoughts. As Jesus said, "...whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." (Matt 5:28) In the last day, our actions, as well as our thoughts will condemn us. When we keep the law of chastity, it is easier for the Holy Spirit to keep us from danger. Sin of sexual transgression is one of the quickest ways we drive away the spirit, and allows Satan to ensnare us in quicksand that is all to difficult to climb out of once we've given in to the temptation. I myself, in my young age, have witnessed the destruction pornography renders on families. I've seen friend's fall, men divorce wives, and mothers hearts broken. This is an issue we must all fight to keep at bay. God wants us to be happy. Following his council to keep the law of chastity will keep us safe from satans traps. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Taylor
My life-style is really unique to myself, just like any person. My beliefs as a "Mormon" set a standard of righteousness for me, which give me more freedom if anything else. I'm not addicted to smoking or drugs, as the church teaches against, which in turn keeps me physically strong and able to do what I'd like to. I abstain from sexual relationships since I am not yet married, and save myself from heart break and mental disaster that follows such habits, i keep myself safe from STD's, and when I do marry, I can give the ultimate gift to my wife: She will know that I saved myself for HER, and I intend to work at our marriage to make it last forever. I'm a fairly normal guy I'd say. I like computers, I like video games, I like motorcycles, I love being with my family. I love to be outside exploring God's artwork of nature. No matter what struggles I encounter in life, I strive to keep my faith and trust in God, that he will help me overcome evil, and to continue to live a happy healthy life. I study my scriptures every day, so I can keep my self as close to God as I can, and as i keep the commandments, I hope to always have the Spirit to be with me to guide me throughout each day. I really know that God watch's over me. I feel my Savior's love as I keep myself worthy of his blessings. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Taylor
If you'd like to become a member, you're in the right place! Mormon.org was designed to help people like you learn more about the gospel. If you have the desire to learn more and to join the church, keep on what you're doing. In addition, visit our church services and familiarize yourself. The most important part about becoming a member of the church is gaining a testimony, or a spiritual witness that this is the Restored Gospel, and that the Book of Mormon is true. The best way to do that is to read from the book yourself. When you're comfortable, even have Church representatives come study with you, who will help you in your search for a testimony. When you are ready to become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints, and after you have met with church representatives to help you be prepared, you can the be baptized by immersion by someone holding the authority to perform baptism, and shortly after you will have hands laid on your head to confirm you a member of the church and pronounce a blessing to receive the Holy Ghost. You can learn more about all of this by meeting with Church representatives! Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Taylor
The priesthood is the authority given to worthy men to act in God's name. Just as this authority has always been present with any prophet or apostle in the scriptures who lead God's church on earth, this same authority is held in The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints. Any worthy male of any race or "color", who has prepared himself for the duties and responsibility that follow, may hold the priesthood. After receiving the authority, it can only be used as long as holder remains worthy, and uses it within the bound of stewardship (or responsibility) given him. The priesthood can only be used according to God's will. Living worthy to hold and use the priesthood is a sacred duty. The priesthood is used in the church in various ways. For example: to lead congregations, keep order in the church, perform saving ordinances such as baptism, and bless those who are sick afflicted or seeking counsel from the Lord. When I think of myself as a priesthood holder, I reflect on the examples of Jesus Christ serving others. I strive constantly to be more like Christ, to love the Lord my God with all my heart might mind and strength, and to love my neighbor even as myself. The priesthood can only be used to bless the lives of others, but I receive so many blessings in return when I do. Loving and serving others is what brings me the greatest happiness in my life. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Taylor
Tithing is how the church is supported financially to provide all the many services it does. While we do have a lay-ministry (meaning none of the clergy is paid, they all have regular jobs outside of church volunteer service), pay the bills to use and maintain our church buildings and temples must come from somewhere. It's interesting to me that tithing is the only commandment that God literally says to "Prove [Him]" (Malachi 3:10) and see if he wont bless you. The best way I like to look at it, is God gave me all I have. I'm not giving the Lord 10%, He's giving me 90%. Tithing is what is used to keep the church going, as well as to further the missionary effort to spread the gospel to all the world. If you provide the Lord with what he asks of you, He will provide what is best for you. Sometimes we can't see as big a picture as he does, but we can be assured that if we are striving to do all he commands and do all we can to pay a full tithe, he will watch over us and he will provide for us. Show more Show less