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Hi I'm Taylor

I'm a student. I'm a recently returned missionary. I'm recovering from serious brain trauma. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Taylor from Gilbert, Arizona and I have recently returned from serving a mission in the Dominican Republic. I returned from the Dominican Republic unexpectedly after one day as I was walking through a gate, it collapsed and hit my on the head, breaking my skull and causing me severe brain damage. After the gate hit me, I started convulsing on the ground, but luckily, one of my friends who is a certified EMT was able to take care of me and get me to the hospital. After two days in a local hospital, I was flown over to Phoenix where i was immediately admitted to the ICU and stayed there for about a week. I broke my skull and had severe brain trauma in my cerebellum, but most of all I was confused. I had been serving others and doing the best that I could to please God for the past two years and then this happened? I didn't understand and just wanted to go back to continue serving the people I loved, but according to the doctor, that wasn't going to happen for a long time. The doctors first told me that I would take a full year for recovery time, then a few days later, six months, and at the end of the week, a short three or four months. I would of course like to take credit for that, but The Lord blessed me beyond belief, and beyond the doctor's expectations and now, three months later, I am able to drive, I am enrolled in a course at a local community college, and I feel like nothing ever happened to me.

Why I am a Mormon

After this traumatic brain injury experience I had, I was confused. No, not only because my brain was damaged, but because I didn't know why that would happen to me. I didn't think I desereved it, and I didin't think that it was fair. I just wanted to go back to the Dominican Republic and finish what I had started, but with the long term side-effects of a brain injury, that wasn't possible. After a little bit of being upset and dissapointed, I started to look around and find all of the reasons that the Lord may have sent me home early for, and there were more than I could count! The Lord works in mysterious ways and may times we don't understand them, but they always work out for our good. Sometimes we have to put all of our faith in the Lord, do what he has taught us, and after we take that step in the dark, we start to understand a little of the "why". This experience I recently had has changed my perception on life and made me realize a litte more how fragile it really is. We could be called home at any given moment, and we need to be ready and enjoy every second we have of this life.

How I live my faith

Being a recently returned missionary, I am eager and looking for every opportunity I can to help people learn about my faith. In my opinion, the best way to help your faith in Jesus Christ grow is to share it with everyone! In my local church congregation, I was asked to be a representative of the church and work especially with the full-time missionaries that you always see in the streets. I help introduce them to people, teach lessons with them, and even feed them on occasion. Living your faith is much more than just trying to embody the Christian attributes we read about in the Bible, but helping others do the same! We are all brothers and sisters and are all trying to make it to the same place, so why don't we just help eachother out?