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Hi I'm Taylor

I grew up in Tasmania, lived in Texas, am serving in Florida, pale Kreyol Ayisyen, love classic rock & writing, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Tasmania for a vast majority of my life. I moved to Texas when I was 16. Leaving hurt in the short run, but getting to America was a big step in my life, and the Lord knew what He was doing when he had my family move to America. Ergo, I wound up completing high school twice, and had a blast both in Clarence High School (Tassie) and Denton High School (north Texas). I LOVE Creative Writing. It's my passion, and I couldn't imagine doing anything else with my life. I strongly share the views of the Romantic-era writers, i.e that a form of immortality can be found through the expression of the written word. Plus, everyone loves a good story. It's just something about writing and creation through writing that enthralls me. A career is still a long way away, but what's life without an uphill climb, right? Ever since I was a little kid, I'd always known the two big things I wanted out of life, which was to be a missionary, and to be a published author. As of May 03 2011, I'm serving a mission in the Greatest Mission in all the land, Fort Lauderdale Florida, speaking Haitian-Creole! Love it, love serving, and love being here. God knew what He was doing when He called me out here. The chance that the Lord has given me to make a difference in the lives and faith of others is an inimitable experience! I love antique stores and soccer and musicals and riding my bike in the summer and dancing up a storm and generally just being alive! Epi, mwen menm se yon Mómon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate enough to grow up within the Church. I've tested the words, tested the commandments of God as taught by the church- and at times the consequences that follow when I don't keep them- and I know that the Spirit that surrounds the people within this church, and by extension me, is something I cannot live without. If I intend to be happy in this life, I know I must follow the teachings of Jesus Christ in their entirety, and all those are found in this church. If they were to be found in another, I would go there. Other churches have bits and pieces right, but as far as the gospel of Jesus Christ in it's entirety, only the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has it. Concordantly, that's why I'm here- to follow my Saviour. And it feels fantastic =) I know this church has the answers to every question my soul could pose about my existence, even if the answer is 'we don't know yet, but we will eventually' (and trust me, all you Bible scholars out there, having an open canon of scripture and the Holy Ghost to aid comprehension helps IMMENSELY in that regard). Especially now that I'm out serving a mission, I've had the chance to interact extensively with those of other faiths or of no particular faith every day. There is a spirit of peace and love within this church and its members that is unequalled, and I can honestly say that it is no less than the Spirit of God Himself. It's wonderful =)

How I live my faith

I follow the commandments of God that I know, as revealed through the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and the inspired and ordained leaders of His church. It's as simple as that. The Lord's hand has been prominent in my life- my parents' inspiration to move to America being one of the biggest examples of that. I'm serving a mission for the Lord in the Fort Lauderdale Florida mission speaking Haitian-Creole, and if I didn't know that this church was true and it's teachings are the way to joy and peace in this life (note: not 'believe', but 'know'), then I wouldn't be doing it. Simple as that. I mean, seriously, who in their right mind would waste two years of their life going to everyone who will listen- and learning a new language to boot- in order to teach something they knew was not correct? Furthermore, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a passive, spectatorial lifestyle. It's active. It inspires and demands the best you've got to offer and in return offers you better than you could ever do by yourself. It's a beautiful thing and a beautiful way to live. There are many times when living my faith has put me at odds with my friends, and it has at times severed relationships I otherwise would have loved to continue, but I know that I've been blessed immensely in spite of that. After all, Christ certainly lost those close to Him for pursuing what He knew to be right, so how can I stand before Him at the last day and say I didn't have the courage to follow His example?

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Taylor
Essentially, we believe that God is our Eternal Father, and the literal father of our spirits. He has a body of flesh and bone which is immortal and perfect, and we are made in His image. Because He's our Father, he cares for us individually and knows us better than we know ourselves, which is why He sees fit to give us trials in temptations in our lives, because He knows we can handle them. God is a separate person from His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ (who also has a body of flesh and bone and is immortal and perfect) yet they, along with the Holy Ghost, share the same objective: to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of mankind. As one Apostle put it, "God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, are unified in just about every way imaginable except for sharing a physical body". Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Taylor
To ask why only members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints go into temples, while those who are not members are not permitted to enter, is fundamentally the same principle as having any average Joe walk in off the street and try to pilot an F-1 fighter jet: it's complicated, prior preparation is involved, and walking in and trying it out without said preparation would be disastrous. There is nothing secret going on within the temples; rather, the actions performed therein are simply too sacred to allow for public view. You can compare this with the sacrifices and actions performed within the Tabernacle in the early books of the Old Testament- not just anyone was allowed to walk into the Tabernacle as they pleased. The sacred ceremonies that occur within temples are available to all who are willing and worthy to obtain them, and we heartily encourage everyone on the planet to be able to come inside and see/do. Some of the things that occur in the temple, in a very simplified form, are: the ordinance that binds a husband and wife/family together for all eternity, and baptisms for the dead. All the actions are entirely Biblical and entirely sacred. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Taylor
We absolutely do! In fact, the eighth of the Articles of Faith of the Church (a series of brief statements summarising the beliefs and doctrines of the Church) states that "We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." Quite simple, really. Whoever states that we don't believe in the Bible is massively misinformed. As far as that little corollary halfway through the eighth Article of Faith- about the Bible being translated correctly- it is of necessary mention because there seems to be a fad lately of publishing multiple translations of the Bible. You have the King James Version, New International Version, New World Translation, The Message, the Action Bible (comic-book style? Really, people?) . . . the list goes on and on. Anyone who had performed an even rudimentary study of these modern translations will find disagreements and contradictions between them. We, as the Church, stay with the King James Version of the Bible, because while other versions may be easier to read, they're also more vague on several doctrinal concepts, (e.g the difference between baptism by water and baptism by fire/the Spirit and the necessity thereof). So, in summation, yes, we believe in, love, and revere the Bible, as long as it's translated correctly. But the Bible, by itself, does not contain all of God's word- nor, by itself, does the Book of Mormon. But they're certainly a start! =) Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Taylor
With a topic as sensitive as abortion, there cannot be a blanket statement settled entirely in one extreme or the other, because there will always be extenuating circumstances. The official stance of the Church concerning abortion is a stance against it. Abortions are the termination of a life, and should not be utilised. However, if the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest and produces serious emotional and mental trauma in the wellbeing of the mother, or if a competent medical authority judges that the life of the mother- or, worse, both mother and child- is in danger, then an abortion can be made an available option. Even at that point, however, abortion should be an absolute last resort, undertaken only after consultation with the Bishop or presiding authority of the Church AND after having consulted with her Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

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

Taylor
Being a Mormon missionary myself (for the time being) I can certainly answer that one! They will most likely sit down with you, gather the family, politely request that distractions like TV or the radio be removed, and then they'll get to know you a bit. After that, they'll share a message about Christ and His atoning sacrifice for all people. They may share additional information, such as about Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, the Plan of Salvation, baptism, or the like, but those are all branches back to the same tree, the root thereof being Christ and his sacrifice. But, really, why ask me? You can contact the missionaries yourself through this website, and virtually everything they have to teach you can be found on here! Click away! :D Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Taylor
Frankly, life itself tells me there is a God. This planet and everything on it is evidence of intelligent design. Consider the very human body which your spirit inhabits and your eyes looking at this computer screen right now. It took a great many brilliant minds a very long while to create the lens of a camera that could focus in and out on objects the same way that a biological eye does. If we humans, with our limited intelligence, were working off a model as incredible as the human eye to create a camera lens, it's only logical that there was someone that came up with the original design of the human eye! Furthermore, I know there is a God because I've felt of His presence through the power of the Holy Ghost, which came in response to my prayers. Once you feel that stirring in your heart, there's no denying it. It's not the kind of emotion or feeling that one can simply imagine or create out of some subconscious whim. I am being as honest and straightforward as I can be when I say that it is the feeling of a divine Being, who loves you more than you could possibly comprehend, touching your heart and letting you know that yes, He is out there, He is real, and He knows who you are and what you're going through. He will never forsake nor abandon us, even if we turn our backs on Him sometimes. We are not alone. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Taylor
This is one of the questions I answer every single day as a missionary. The term 'Mormons' or 'Mormonism' is just a nickname, really, seeing as the full name of the church is a bit of a mouthful (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). The reason people call us 'Mormons' is because we use the Book of Mormon as a volume of holy scripture and believe it to be true, just the same way that we use the King James Version of the Bible and believe it to be true and holy scripture. It's one of the main aspects that sets us apart from other denominations and is the keystone of our religion. Most often our members use the term interchangeably, saying 'I'm LDS', 'I'm a Latter-Day Saint', 'I'm a Mormon', 'I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints', though the prophets and apostles of recent years have gently reminded us to use the proper name of the church, seeing as how it was revealed to us from God through the prophet Joseph Smith. Besides, this isn't the church of Mormon, it's the church of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less