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Hi I'm Taylor

I grew up in Normal, Illinois, I'm a husband and father, an engineer, a singer, a pretty darn good cook, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family is my pride and joy, and I love them dearly. Professionally, I'm a mechanical engineer, and I travel all over the world working with different people, companies, processes and products. I've lived overseas for several years, and I love discovering natural beauty in the places I visit. I love to sing, and I revel in the joy of making beautiful music with others.

Why I am a Mormon

The concept of a loving Father in Heaven who knows me and cares for me and my family brings great peace and perspective to my life. I appreciate the way the Lord provides me with opportunities to learn and grow and stretch as one of his children, and the ways in which He helps me to ask questions and receive answers. I'm a naturally curious and analytical person, and to my engineering mind, the restored gospel of Jesus Christ continues to provide me with very practical understanding and insights into the world around me. I've felt His guidance and help and correction and answers in deeply personal ways throughout my adult life, and while I'm fairly confident that I could muddle through life without His help, I've learned over time that I am a better person -- a better husband, father, worker, friend, brother, and neighbor -- when I make the conscious decision to keep Him near.

How I live my faith

I love the way our church provides me with a variety of leadership and service experiences over time -- often in areas to which I would not normally gravitate -- from working with the teenagers, to leading groups of adults, to financial bookkeeping, to leading musical groups, to my current assignment teaching a Sunday School class of young children. While these responsibilities certainly take time and energy to fulfill, I recognize that the physical and spiritual welfare of my family are of primary importance. I am appreciative of the many things the church teaches me about how to be a better husband and father every single day, and I am grateful for a Father in Heaven who knows me and my family, and knows how best to help us.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

I am thoroughly convinced that while the Bible is a divinely inspired set of instructions from our Father in Heaven, the latter part of the New Testament clearly demonstrates the need not only for ongoing personal communication with God, but for ongoing divine guidance and organization for those who choose to follow Him here on earth. I am grateful to a God who continues to be interested in and involved with His church. A wise friend once taught me that information and inspiration are not mutually exclusive, and I'm grateful to our Heavenly Father for calling experienced men to be modern-day apostles and provide that steady voice of wise inspired guidance that helps me understand how to live a balanced life and stay close to God in an increasingly distracting world. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

I am appreciative not only for the opportunities for humanitarian service (both locally and globally) that the church provides for me, but for the understanding provided by the gospel of Jesus Christ that every single person in the world is my "brother", and that I have a deeply personal responsibility, independent of any church assignment or program, to be looking for opportunities to help in my neighborhood, my community, my nation, and in the world. I am thoroughly convinced that the societal troubles of the world will only be solved as individuals personally choose to accept this responsibility to help others, and put themselves to work in ways large and small. Show more Show less