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Hi I'm Taylor

I grew up in northern Colorado, am currently serving a mission for the Church in Mesa, AZ, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a military home and have lived in Texas, New Jersey, Germany, California, and Colorado, where I currently reside. I love the outdoors and outdoor activities, such as skiing, hiking, and camping. I play the piano by ear and love making and listening to music in general. I plan to study mathematics in college and I also enjoy traveling. Most of all I love my family and spending time with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I am grateful to have grow up in a home where I was taught to believe in and follow God, Jesus Christ, and his prophet and apostles here on earth. However, I am still an active member of the Church because I am developing my own individual testimony that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way to ultimate peace and joy. I have come to this faith and knowledge through study of the scriptures, prayer, and keeping God's commandments the best I can.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a missionary for the Church in Mesa, Arizona, and work full-time spreading the message of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ by helping others come closer to the Savior and find lasting joy and peace. It is often difficult work than can be discouraging, but it is worth it to be able to participate in helping to change others' lives for the better. I love it and there is nothing else I would rather be doing with my life right now.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Taylor
Death is an important part of our eternal progression to the next life and for the eternities. When your body dies, your spirit will go to the spirit world. For the righteous, the spirit world will be a place of happiness and a place to rest from worldly cares. It will also be an opportunity to teach the gospel to others, and learn more about it yourself. For the wicked, it will be a place of suffering and regret of past sins. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Taylor
Using alcohol, tobacco, tea, and illegal drugs are all harmful to your body and spirit. Abstaining from these substances gives us strong bodies, peace of mind, and greater emotional and spiritual health. When we choose to obey the Word of Wisdom, we show gratitude to Heavenly Father for our bodies and we gain greater self-control over ourselves. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Taylor
Tithing, the offering of 10% of one's income, supports the Church in the many expenses that it has. It helps in many ways, including construction of temples, church buildings, repairs, as well as scholarships for Church schools, such as BYU and BYU-Idaho. Tithing is a blessing, not a burden, to us. It gives us an opportunity to show the Lord that we are thankful for what we have and to contribute to the great work of the Church as a whole. In reality, it is a small sacrifice to make, since the Lord has given us everything. Can we not give him back just !0%? The wonderful thing is that when we do, He still blesses us greatly. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Taylor
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, like the Bible, that is a collection of writings from ancient prophets in the Americas. The reason it is called the Book of Mormon is because the prophet Mormon abridged and compiled the writings of all the other prophets who had written before him. It is the most correct and powerful book that was ever made, and you too can know that it is true if you read, ponder, and pray about it and ask God if it is true. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Taylor
We are in every sense Christians because we believe and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ in our lives. He is central to our religion and without him our church would not have ever existed. The rumor that Latter-Day Saints are not Christians may have spread due to the nickname most people have given us: Mormons. This nickname may have misled some people to believe that we worship Mormon the prophet or Joseph Smith. Although this is not true, we admire and love them for their fine example as prophets, seers, and revelators in their respective time periods on this earth. Show more Show less