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Hi I'm Taylor

I'm an Airborne Ranger, Infantry Platoon leader, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a suburb of Boston playing all kinds of sports. Although it was difficult to choose between all the sports I loved, I eventually settled on football, hockey, and lacrosse as I moved into high school. As my senior year came to a close, and the college scouts failed to see my future as a division 1 standout the same way I did, I decided to take my love of sports and transition into something slightly different: the military. I went to a four-year military college and commissioned as an Infantry officer in 2009. The camaraderie, discipline, and dedication that I learned as a child playing sports helped shape my character and motivate me to serve my country in the capacity of a soldier.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many people, I grew up believing the religious principles that my parents taught me. My parents were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and raised my siblings and me as active LDS members. When I was 12 years old, my father died of a heart attack. The grief that I felt at that trying time in my life was overwhelming, and it would continue to affect me years later. One of the reasons that the passing of my father was so difficult for me was that I didn't know where he had gone and whether I was going to see him again. Growing up in the church, I had been taught that I would see those who died again, but I didn't know for sure. After a lot of angry and accusatory prayers to God, I finally prayed more humbly to know if I would see my father again. What I felt on my knees that day was peace--a feeling that I hadn't had since the death of my father. Later in my life as a psychology student, I would study the power of the mind, and the ability people have to change their moods. The feeling that I had on that day and many others following was not something that I produced with my mind. I know that what I felt that day didn't come from me, but it came from my Heavenly Father. Because of what I was feeling, I understood that the Lord knew who I was and loved me. I also understood the truth of the LDS teaching that the Lord provided a way for me to be reunited with my father after this life when he died for us on the cross. This experience was one of my earliest testimonies that God does exist, and loves his children enough to answer the prayer of a heartbroken twelve year-old. I found out that day that the way that my parents taught me to pray was a way that I could actually communicate with God, and that the idea that we could be with the ones we love again after we die was true. I will always treasure that moment.

How I live my faith

Currently I'm involved in the missionary effort of my congregation. Along with the unpaid full-time missionaries, I help teach people who are interested in learning about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. It has been such a pleasure to serve in this capacity. Because of the place that this church has in my heart, it is a joy to teach others about my faith, and how I have come closer to Heavenly Father as I have continued to learn and grow. Discussing things like how one recieves answers to prayers, where we came from before we were born, and the nature of God seem to be universal questions that not many have answers to outside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Seeing the light in someone's eye as they have finally come to understand the answers to long sought-after questions has brought me a lot of fulfillment, and has re-affirmed my testimony that this church is, in actuality, the restored church of Jesus Christ.