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Hi I'm Taggart

I'm a father of five children, one of them with autism. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married and have five children. One of the biggest challenges in my life has been raising a child with autism: first denial, then trying to "make" him get better, then acceptance, and now just loving him and trying to help him be happy. I still wish I could have a conversation with him. I try to balance family, church, employment, community service, and personal hobbies. I take my wife on a date every week. I play with my kids. I work in finance and information systems, where I am mindful of the changing economy, I am grateful for a good employer, and I aspire to the next promotion or raise. I am the coach or assistant for various kids sports teams. I serve in Boy Scouts and am Wood Badge trained. I am the treasurer of a high school booster club. I enjoy yard work and struggle to keep up with home repairs. My favorite thing to do in my personal time is play pick-up basketball games at the gym. My mission in life is to add value, to give back more than I consume, and to leave the world a better place.

Why I am a Mormon

Happiness, joy, peace, satisfaction. I want this for myself, for my loved ones, and for everybody. I know of no better way to achieve happiness than through Jesus Christ and his gospel. This includes the short term (this day or week), the medium term (this season of my life), the long term (the retirement years), and eternity (after this life). I know that there are several versions of Christ's gospel out there. Some are incomplete, and therefore bring some happiness. I am Mormon because having all the pieces of the puzzle facilitates greater happiness. My greatest joy in life comes from serving others by sharing the full gospel of Jesus Christ. One day, as I traveled on the train, I pondered the value of my life and questioned in my heart whether God was pleased with me. As I considered my efforts to share his gospel, a feeling came over me that I'll never forget. It started in the crown of my head, slowly moved to my heart, and spread to my whole body. I felt on fire, yet my heart was filled with peace. I knew that through the power of the Holy Ghost, God was saying he was pleased with me for sharing his gospel. I feel the Holy Spirit every time I share the gospel. I know of no better way to add value to the world.

How I live my faith

Besides my relationship with God, my relationship with my wife is the most important in my life. The gospel helps me nurture that relationship, control my pride, and be a spiritual leader in the home. I am grateful to be sealed to my wife for eternity -- heaven would not be the same without her. Like most men in the church, I hold the priesthood, meaning I have the duty to serve others. As a counselor to our congregation's bishop, who like everyone is a volunteer, I try to take part of his workload. I help the youth ages 12 to 18 plan and execute meaningful activities. I visit and interview members to teach, listen, and determine how the church can help them. I help young single adults make the sometimes awkward transition from youth to adult. I enjoy teaching and giving occasional sermons at church. I know I am not perfect. Sometimes I make choices that I know offends my Heavenly Father or others. I try to repent, return my will to his, and try again. I am grateful for repentance, forgiveness, and hope.