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Hi I'm Scott Taylor

I'm a journalist. I'm a family kind of guy. I'm a traveler at heart. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in the Rocky Mountains most of my life, having worked 25+ years for a daily newspaper. I've covered news and sports — everything from baby contests to natural disasters and from high school sports to four Olympics. My family helps shape who I am — I'm a son, a brother, a husband of 30+ years, a father of four and a grandpa of three (and counting). I love to travel domestically and internationally. I enjoy photography and creating digital slideshows and videos. No wonder, then, that the subjects are mostly family, travel, vacations — and the family traveling on vacation.

Why I am a Mormon

My membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is part of our family heritage. Both my wife and I were born into LDS families — her parents and my parents all came from four separate small Mormon ranching communities in northern Utah and southern Idaho (although both she and I grew up outside of those states). And my Mormon heritage goes back to past generations — I have ancestors who lived in New England, Pennsylvania and Ohio who joined the Mormon faith at the time of the Prophet Joseph Smith and who then traveled by wagon across the Great Plains to Utah and Idaho. I have other ancestors who were converted by early Mormon missionaries in England and came over the Atlantic Ocean by ship and pulled handcarts with the Martin Company. While that heritage is interesting, it doesn't mean that I haven't had to gain my own understanding and testimony of Heavenly Father, His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ and a restored church complete with modern-day prophets, priesthood power, inspiring scripture, saving ordinances and a well-defined path to eternal life. My testimony is my own — not of my parents or ancestors, although their lives and examples have helped to influence it, along with my own faith, prayer and personal experiences. Also, my heritage doesn't make me any more special or advanced than a Mormon member of just one day, one week or one year. The blessings and opportunities and privileges that I'm afforded can be attained by any faithful member of the LDS Church.

How I live my faith

In our community, we attend our Sunday worship meetings at the chapel and participate in other activities during the week. Our family is the basic organizational unit of our faith - so we don't just "keep the faith" in the meetinghouses but try to follow and love the doctrine and the principles in our home as well.. My wife, Cheryl, and I currently work with full-time LDS Church missionaries called to serve in the Arizona Phoenix Mission - nearly 250 strong. Our missionaries serve from Phoenix to Prescott, Sedona and Flagstaff. We teach, train and nurture our missionaries, who in turn invite and help others to come unto Christ. Previous to this three-year voluntary service assignment, I served as a local lay leader — first as bishop of a ward congregation of 400+ members and later overseeing nine wards totaling some 4,000 local Latter-day Saints. How I live my faith has some personal and more private aspects that aren't out in the public as much. Our family tries to read scriptures daily and we prayer as a family and individuals each day. We spend Monday evenings together as a family. We strive for honesty, modesty, integrity and purity in our lives. We not smoke or drink and try to live healthy lives. And besides our regular Sunday worship attendance, my wife and I regularly to to a local Mormon temple to participate in services that help remind us of the Savior's teachings, the purpose of life and what awaits us after our mortal lives.