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Hi I'm Taylor

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to my beautiful wife for 9 amazing years. We have 2 highly energetic boys. I graduated from Dental School this year and have relocated to start my career and a new chapter in our lives. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family. We enjoy eating out, going to the movies, and creating made up games that my kids love to play. I am active in the Boy Scouts of America and serve with the Cub Scouts throughout the week. I also enjoy teaching Sunday School and Priesthood classes.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the mormon faith. My parents are both Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) who come from pioneer heritage. I recall at a very little age going to church on Sundays. I liked it. My friends were there and I enjoyed going to church to see them. When I was eleven years old my parents got a divorce. I had a rough time understanding what had happened and I did not want to go to church anymore. I did not attend church for about 4 years and enjoyed having my Sundays to play basketball, sleep in, watch TV, or relax in the home. I thought those 4 years were the best of my life, until I had an experience that changed my life beyond what I ever could imagine. At the time, I felt rock bottom...I lost my friends, my extracurricular activities, and my family's trust. Change was very apparent. That same night when everything fell apart, I went to my knees in prayer. I can't even recall the last time I did. In my prayer I received great comfort. I felt my Heavenly Father embracing me as if He was right there. I heard his voice calling for me. Asking me to return to church and serve. I am so glad that I decided to go back to church. I felt like the Prodigal Son returning home (Luke 15:11-32). I felt something inside that was peaceful. It gave me joy and filled a hole in my soul that I was longing to fix. Our Heavenly Father loves all of us and we are literally his children. He wants us all to return to live with him again. This is accomplished by our Savior Jesus Christ who paved the way by dying for us. He has a plan and as we choose to follow it, we can return to Him and find true joy in our lives. I know that my Redeemer, Jesus Christ lives and I know that he has once again restored his Church.

How I live my faith

Follow the Savior's example is key for me. I try to live how we did and serve when the moment calls for it. This may lead to helping a neighbor or member of my congregation move or help provide a priesthood blessing to someone sick or needing comfort. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has a strong relationship with the Boys Scouts of America. We encourage our young men and boys to be active in scouts to learn keystone principles of being great citizens of the community and always "being prepared." I help the scouts weekly encouraging the meet their goals and completed their projects. This gives them great self worth and confidence necessary on a daily basis. President Harold B. Lee, modern day Prophet once said, "The most important of the Lord's work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home." We try to slow down a little bit within our home and encourage family prayer. We pray with our kids at the dinner table and before we go to bed. We read stories from the Bible and Book of Mormon to our children so they can learn of Christ's teachings. We dedicate one night a week where we turn off contact from the world and take turns teaching Gospel Principles (Faith, Repentence, Baptism, etc).

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Taylor
We believe in revelations given to prophets of old and modern day. God loved his people in Old Testament times so he delivered his words through Adam, Noah, Moses, etc. God continues to reveal things to us his children. He revealed to Joseph Smith ways in which we can keep our bodies healthy and strong. His law is known today as the word of wisdom. The Word of Wisdom emphasizes the importance of proper eating and physical and spiritual health. He also speaks against the use of Tobacco, Alcohol, Coffee, Tea, and illegal drugs. God left a promise with this Law that avoiding these substances will allow us to be healthier both physically and spiritually. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Taylor
Our churches, or meetinghouses are public places where everyone can come and attend services. Visitors are welcome to attend and participate in music, prayer, the sacrament, scripture study and class discussion. Temples, as stated in the Old Testament, are literally the "House of the Lord" (1 Kings 6:1,37). They are dedicated buildings where members enter to perform sacred ordinances that are necessary for eternal life. Before a temple is dedicated, it is open to the public and visitors have the opportunity to walk through and see what it looks like on the inside. After the dedication has been performed the temples are limited to Mormons who continue to obey the commandments and are worthy to enter. Show more Show less