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Hi I'm Megan Taysom

I grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. I volunteer as a band booster for my son's high school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up enjoying music, taking piano lessons and playing the violin in grade school and on into high school. Then I got married, had a family and as our five children grew they too enjoyed music and enjoyed playing with the local high school marching band. I took some classes and received a certificate in medical transcription and started working from home and was able to raise my children without having to work elsewhere. I am now a grandmother. But on Friday nights, in the fall, we share our time with other dedicated band parents making sure the marching band gets to their destination, in uniform, with props, instruments, equipment, and plenty of water.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a fifth generation Mormon with parentage from faithful, valiant pioneers who knew the Prophet Joseph Smith, came by wagon and later by handcart to the West, served missions in England, Denmark, and other areas of the world. These people helped develop new communities in Arizona and were faithful in rearing strong families, studying the scriptures and strengthening testimonies. I attended seminary in high school where I learned to love the Bible and Book of Mormon. I had young women and Sunday school teachers who extended their love and support as I was growing up. I had loving parents who were dedicated to the teachings of Jesus Christ. On Monday nights we had family home evening in our home where we read the scriptures and interacted as a family together. But, until I, as a young girl, applied Moroni's promise in the Book of Mormon (Moroni 10:4), and sincerely prayed for an answer as to whether the Book of Mormon was true, I was relying on their testimony. When that answer came, it determined the course my life would take, and has been the basis for the things I do, the choices I make, and the happiness I feel. God, our Heavenly Father, does live. His son, Jesus Christ is our Savior and because of his atonement, we can return to live with them if we will repent of our sins. Prophets do live on the earth today. The priesthood was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. Through the ordinances of the priesthood families can be together forever. The Book of Mormon was translated by the prophet Joseph Smith. Prophets continue to live today. Thomas Monson is our current prophet and by following his counsel, our lives will be blessed. Life is sometimes fast and furious. I want my posterity have correct principles in their lives and to know the peace and joy that I have found and for that reason I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have been a volunteer for many years in the local schools where my children have attended. I have been active in the parent/teacher association programs, the student of the month committee, booster volunteer organizations raising funds at the concession stand for the schools, and presently am the secretary of our high school band booster organization. I have held church callings since I was a young girl in the young women program serving as a class president or counselor for all age groups. I have served with the young children in both the ward and stake levels, as a cub scout leader, teaching classes on Sunday, or training other teachers, and have served as an adult leader with the young women in my ward, and on the stake level with the camp program. I presently am responsible for the women in my ward and am trying to help them to strengthen their family relationships and overcome their struggles. My favorite calling is that of a visiting teacher where I get to work one on one in the homes of the sisters I visit. We have developed some great friendships as we have overcome many trials, struggles, and challenges. Together we strengthen each other.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Megan Taysom
When Christ was on the earth, he gave the priesthood, the authority to act in his name, to his original 12 apostles. Eventually, as they were persecuted and killed that priesthood was taken with them when they died. Without this authority, the ordinance of baptism is null and void. Churches continued, but their leaders had no authority to perform baptism or any other ordinances. In 1829 Joseph Smith received the priesthood from John the Baptist and the apostles Peter, James, and John. The true authority was once again on the earth. In 1830 the same Church of Jesus Christ that was upon the earth when the Savior lived was organized and restored to the earth. Show more Show less