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Hi I'm Taylor

I live for Music. I'm studying to be a choir teacher. I'm a husband, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hey, I'm Taylor and I am currently serving a two-year mission for the Church in Portland, Oregon. Before my mission I was studying music at a college level. When I wasn't at school you could always find me in the gym, playing basketball and climbing on the rock wall. Whenever the weather permitted I was outside, climbing, hiking, or rafting with my bros. I love to play guitar, it's definitely my favorite instrument. I come from a large family, consisting of my mom and dad and eight kids. I've worked as a machinist, a construction worker, and harvested pie cherries. But most of all, I love the Lord, and I am always striving to do His work.

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to be raised in a family that was already part of this church. That being said, I still had to find my own testimony of the gospel. I realized, at age 12, that I didn't have a testimony, that I didn't know of myself that the Book of Mormon was true, or that Joseph Smith had restored the church. I didn't even really know if my Savior loved me! So I prayed. I prayed hard, too, I wanted to know if I should continue in the church. I didn't recieve an answer for quite some time. But I perservered, and continued in prayer and studying the Book of Mormon. Then, one morning, as I was preacticing the piano I happened to play one of our church's hymns, Hymn number 2, The Spirit of God. I'd like to share the first verse of that with you The Spirit of God like a fire is burning! The latter-day glory begins to come forth The visions and blessings of old are returning, And angels are coming to visit the earth. As I played that hymn, and sang those inspired words, I felt the Spirit of God enter into my heart and testify to me of the truth of the Gospel. Such joy and light filled my heart that I began to cry. At that moment I knew without a doubt the church is true, the Book of Mormon is correct, and Joseph Smith did see our Savior and Heavenly Father. My Savior lives, and I know that He loves and cares for me. I cannot and will not deny this faith. I have followed the LDS church ever since. Because of the testimony I gained through prayer I'm now serving a mission, sharing the gospel with others. Because of the values that I've been blessed to apply in my life, I am free of addiction and costly mistakes. Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ I am free of sins. I am far from perfect, but through this gospel I come closer to Christ everyday. I know that this is the Lord's church on earth again today. Please take the chance to find out for yourself. Follow the example of Christ and pray, ask God, and change your life.

How I live my faith

Right now I live my faith by being a missionary. Let me explain what a missionary is and what we do. Our purpose as missionaries is to invite others to come unto Christ, by helping them receive the Restored Gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his Atonement, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. That's the message we share, in simplicity. We invite all people everywhere to come unto Christ, to give up their sins and troubles, and to accept the atonement in their lives. It's a marvelous thing, to be able to be clean of sin, and such good news should and is shared! As missionaries we give two years of our life to serve God. As a missionary I get the chance to teach alot. This has blessed me and increased my faith immensly! My own testimony grow as I strive to teach others the gospel. Another service I often get to render is that of playing the piano and/or singing. I am blessed to be musicly talented, and what better way to use that talent then to serve the Lord.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Taylor
Quite simply, no. The young men of the church have been strongly encouraged to serve a mission at age 19, and the sisters are able to serve at age 21, but no one is required to serve. We do it because we want to! Who in their right mind would give up two years and pay that's right, missionaries pay their own way to go somewhere they had never been and do all that they do? We serve missions becuase we know that Jesus is the Christ, and we want the happiness that knowledge bring to be available to everyone! So no, Mormons are not required to serve a mission. It's a personal choice to share the happiness and joy they've received from the Gospel. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Taylor
 As a missionary I can tell you that when we come to your home our initial purpose is to get to know you. We will probably ask what your religious background is, why you allowed us to come by, and what you expect to get out of our visits. We will then introduce our religion, starting at the beginning. All that we will teach is the truths and principles of God and his gospel, focussing on how it can bless your life and your family. Please believe me when I say that we sincerely care about you as an individaul, and that's the great thing about what we share, it applies to each person on a personal level. We won't just force feed you the gospel, we will listen to your quesitons and/or concerns and address what you need to learn or know. And the best thing that missionaries do when they visit is say a prayer. We hope that our message and visit will bring a Spirit of peace into your home and your life, and that we can in some way help you come unto Christ. Show more Show less