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Hi I'm Taylor (T.J.)

I play baseball, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee. I speak English and Spanish and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from a very large competitive high school and then spent the next two years in various parts of Spain as a missionary. I met some amazing people there and it was hard to leave. Now I'm at college studying chemistry and Spanish and I am planning on attending medical school after my undergrad. I love to play sports, namely soccer, baseball, and most of all, Ultimate Frisbee! I also love chemistry because it really just blows my mind how intricate everything is and how much people have figured out in just the last century of human existence. I am bilingual: English and Spanish. I definitely love Spanish more than English; English just sounds gross to me sometimes while Spanish is so fluid and effortless! So I'm a young adult with aspirations to become a doctor, maybe an orthopedic surgeon if I work hard enough. Oh, and I'm a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church so I grew up learning about my faith from a very young age. However, that doesn't mean I don't have my own conversion story. There comes a point in everyone's life where they must decide where they stand; the gospel of Jesus Christ isn't easy. The motivation to live by the required standards of modesty, sexual purity, physical cleanliness must be solid or else the temptations will be too strong to overcome. My conversion was thus gradual, like the sunrise. I do remember a point just after I turned 17 that I began to be diligent in studying the scriptures daily and praying with sincerity. Over the course of a few months and after finishing reading the Book of Mormon for the 3rd time, I came to the realization that the last few months were some of the happiest of my life. I felt strong. Really strong. I felt worthy and clean. I felt more sensitive to the Spirit and consequently, I felt so much peace. At that point I solidified my knowledge and my faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ and in the Restoration of His church on the earth. I felt the love of God for me personally and that empowered me to keep moving forward, to keep repenting when I messed up; repentance isn't about shame, it enables us to move forward with a brightness of hope and lifts the burdens we carry. I'm Mormon because I know I'm happiest when I live the standards taught by the LDS Church. I'm Mormon because it gives me direction, peace, and security even as life swirls around me. I'm Mormon because I have felt the Spirit of God confirm to me that the Book of Mormon is His word and that Thomas S. Monson is His living prophet. I cannot deny these facts and turning away from the faith would be doing just that.

How I live my faith

I live my faith primarily outside of the church. I mean that yes, going to church is an important aspect of my faith because I believe that it helps me grow, but that the evidence of how I live outside of church is a better indicator of my faith. Sharing that faith with those in Spain was a simple way to bring the light that I have from living the teachings of Jesus Christ to someone else's life. In my everyday life I do my best to be kind, uplifting, and optimistic, traits that the Savior has. At college, I live my faith best by being a good friend, using kind and uplifting language, and taking opportunities to help fellow students in class when I know what I'm doing.