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Hi I'm Taylor

I'm a student. I'm the world's biggest baseball fan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest kid in a big, crazy family who is usually busy with school, work, and church. I am currently an undergrad- studying Recreation Management & Leisure Services with a minor in business- while working a couple of different jobs to pay for school. I am a planner to the very core, so I hope to use this skill to my advantage as I pursue a career in Corporate Event Planning. In high school, I was involved in various clubs and sports and other organizations. Some of my favorites included being a Peer Counselor working with students at the high school and mentoring elementary school students and playing on the school softball team. I love working with people and learning more about different cultures and customs. Traveling is, and always has been, my dream and even though I'm a poor college student for now, I hope to be able to see the world someday. I love my family and friends and value those relationships above most everything else.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the peace and happiness that the truths of our church bring to my life every single day. I was blessed to grow up in a family that is Mormon and went to church every Sunday for as long as I can remember. But when I got to high school and started learning more about other religions and cultures and people, there was a time when I knew that I needed to decide for myself- not only to rely on the faith of my parents- whether or not I believed in the things that I had always been taught. I remember one night in my sophomore year, while I was on a church camping trip with other youth my age, I had finished reading from the Book of Mormon for the night and knelt down in prayer. I remember asking for only one thing: to know...really know...whether the things I had read and learned were true. In that moment of complete humility and sincerity, I felt a warmth and comfort and assurance that was more powerful than anything I had ever felt. I could not deny it; I knew that this church was true. Since that time, I have continued to learn and grow and build upon that simple testimony that I gained that night. Life has a way of throwing us trials and hardships when we least expect them and feel the least capable of handling them. In those times, however, is when I have felt that same peace and comfort of knowing that I have a Heavenly Father who loves and watches over me. I know that God the Father and his son, Jesus Christ, are real and that they know me personally. I have complete faith that when I kneel down to pray each night, that my prayers are being heard and will be answered in due time. I love this gospel because of the knowledge that I have that I can be with my family forever, not just in this life, because of the power of the priesthood. As I have grown, I have gained my own personal testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith, who saw God and Jesus Christ and restored their truths to the earth. This church is true, and I will never doubt it.

How I live my faith

I serve in many different capacities in our church because I move between states because I attend school out-of-state. Wherever I am at the moment, however, I am given opportunities to help. Right now, I do not have a specific assignment at church but help with whatever I am needed for at the time. Some days, I am asked to teach the young children in our church. Other times, I help to organize and plan events for people of the church to participate in. Etc. Consistently, though, I am able visit a couple of the women that attend our church on a monthly basis to check in with them and assist them in whatever they may need in their own lives.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Taylor
Absolutely not! While we definitely serve the members of our own church, we believe that ALL men and women on this earth are sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. Therefore, we are all one in purpose. Mormons serve people throughout the world on a local/personal level as well as on a global level. Members of our church are able to donate money, which is distributed throughout the world to people and nations in need, especially in times of trouble and disaster. It is also common for members of the church to organize activities where materials for humanitarian aid are gathered and distributed. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Taylor
A husband and wife can be together forever, throughout the eternities. We believe that through the power of the holy priesthood, which has been restored to the earth, families can be sealed together forever in the temple of the Lord. When a husband and wife are sealed to one another, their children are then sealed to them for eternity as well. Through this blessing, families can be together, not only in this life, but in the next life as well. This great blessing can be everyone's through acceptance of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. My family is one of the most important things to me in this entire world. It just wouldn't be heaven to me if we couldn't be there together. Through Christ's atonement, we believe that we can. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Taylor
The Book of Mormon is ANOTHER testament of Jesus Christ, like the Bible. Therefore, it was likewise written by many of the prophets of old. These were prophets who were called of God, the same as Moses or Job, who lived in the ancient Americas. It is composed of many accounts written by those prophets. The Book of Mormon is named after one these prophets, Mormon, who compiled and edited all of the accounts from the many prophets who left records over the space of a few hundred years. Many people are confused when they hear that Joseph Smith authored the book. Joseph Smith was merely a translator who translated the records from ancient Egyptian to English so that we could have them and learn from them today. Show more Show less