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Hi I'm Taylor

I have lived in Brazil, Chicago, Tucson, Indonesia, NY, D.C., and now WA. My wife and I have four children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with a brother and five sisters. We moved a lot, but my high school years were in Arlington, VA. Music was a big part of our family life - I learned to sing in public while young. I remember singing a solo at the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia for a 90 degree (humid as can be) Christmas party. I was 8 and Santa Claus came over to shake my hand, I was sure that was a very good sign. I was born in Brazil (my father was studying abroad at the time), and so I was excited to return there as a missionary and learn Portuguese and meet so many good people. (Hi Jorge and Karin!) Music continued to be important and in college I was part of a choir which toured the former Soviet Union, and then New Zealand/Australia. Singing in the Sydney Opera House was exciting! During the summer break while attending BYU, a friend convinced me to get a real estate license (which I never used). Because of that, I was in the right place to meet my future wife who just happened to be visiting Temple Square in Salt Lake City, which I also just happened to be visiting after taking the exam for my license. Our oldest was born on Leap Day, followed by twins, and then one more to round us out with 2 boys and 2 girls. Along the way I received an MBA from the University of WA, and the Seattle area has now been our home for over ten years.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in an active Mormon family I always felt being a part of my family meant I was part of something special. I had a sense from an early age that the patterns and habits that may have made my family seem odd to others were what made me feel safe and special. I also understood from time spent with extended family that those patterns and habits were ones my parents had learned from their families and from their own personal deeply held beliefs. I also knew my parents were very smart, accomplished and well regarded by others. Not just by those who shared our beliefs, but by those who did not and with whom we regularly socialized. I saw that my parents were very good to each other, to me and my siblings, and to all others in a way not common in the world; from the humble rice fields of Indonesia (where we lived for 2 years), to the heights of power in D.C. (where we lived during my high school years). Throughout my early years I experienced regular family prayer, scripture study, family home evenings, and weekly attendance at church meetings. I saw my parents willingly accept time-consuming responsibilities within the church whenever asked, all while encouraging us in our school activities and piano lessons, etc., and all while moving forward a demanding career. But that's not why I'm a Mormon. What I have described above are but the fruits of the Mormon faith. You might conclude from what I have written above that all my siblings are active Mormons, but no. Yet my parents enjoy loving and equally vibrant relationships with all of their children whether active in the Mormon faith or not. I am a Mormon because I have learned for myself that Jesus is my personal Savior, the perfect son of a most loving Father of us all. I am a Mormon because He has heard and answered my prayers and changed me. I am a Mormon because I have learned that the Bible and Book of Mormon are God's word, and that They appeared to Joseph Smith as he testified.

How I live my faith

As time passes I am increasingly aware of opportunities to live my faith in "little ways" that I hadn't given much thought to before. It's found in how I call my children down to eat, or ask them about their homework. It's how I respond when my wife asks me to do something. Opportunities for living my faith are there in the attitude that I bring to my professional work or the choices I make with my time. I live my faith by trying to be more quickly aware of when my behavior in the little things does not reflect what I know is right. I am very lucky in that I have been asked to teach gospel doctrine to the adults in our congregation each week. The study and lesson preparation of the New Testament throughout last year was an incredibly meaningful experience for me in my own personal development and understanding of life's purpose. For example, John teaches that God is both Light and Love (1 John 1:5, 4:8). But what does that mean? To even imagine that I could effectively lead a discussion of such profound doctrine to others requires I make good choices in my life (with how I use my time and treat my family, my employer, and all others), and that I seek to sincerely repent/change when I do not. It is in striving to live my faith that I learn where I fall short and can do better.