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Hi I'm Taylor

I'm a husband and a father from Idaho and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I enjoy a wonderful marriage together. We have one child, a beautiful daughter we were privileged to adopt into our family. Prior to meeting my wife, I served a mission in Spokane, Washington speaking Spanish before attending college. I'm now graduated with a degree in accounting and have a full-time job to support my family. Although I have epilepsy, I'm blessed to have very few trials that result from it and I even feel it's helped me grow in many ways and overcome challenges better. I enjoy sports, games, just being with people, and more.

Why I am a Mormon

I've personally found, through my own experiences, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored by our loving Heavenly Father through a living prophet and it brings more joy than anything. I know that with all my heart. I also know that by obeying the commandments and teachings God sends us through His living prophets and apostles, families can be together forever.

How I live my faith

I try to serve others in all ways I can and help them feel the same joy I've felt. I also try to be an example to others, children especially. Attending church weekly, listening to our living prophets, and studying scriptures such as the Bible and Book of Mormon help me become better too.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Taylor
I served a mission and whenever I was asked this question I explained that the Church and Gospel of Jesus Christ have brought me more joy and happiness than anything. Knowing that, I wished to share it with others. There's a scripture in the Book of Mormon that I like. Alma, an ancient prophet in the Americas, went about seeking to destroy God's Church until he was visited by an angel and turned his life around. While teaching his son and sharing this experience, Alma shares, "Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of the exceeding joy of which I did taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. Yea, and now behold, O my son, the Lord doth give me exceedingly great joy in the fruit of my labors" (Alma 36:24-25). Along with Alma, I want others to feel this same joy that I have felt and receive the same blessings. I know that this will bless all people's lives, just as it has mine, regardless of who they may be, what circumstances they may be in, or whatever else. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Taylor
I LOVE the temple. My wife and I go there regularly and have both been temple workers. Yes--only qualified individuals may attend the temple after it's dedicated. The reason for that and the fact that the temple's not spoken of in great detail is not because the things there are secret but rather because they're so sacred. To summarize, what's done there are things important and necessary to return to Heavenly Father. They can be for us or those who have passed on and didn't have these opportunities. Some of these things include being baptized and married to one's spouse not only for the time on earth but forever. Anyone can have the privilege of going to the temple in their life. They just need to be prepared first because of the great importance and sacredness of things there. To be prepared there are qualifications to help us so we are ready such as being a member of the Church and by living in obedience to our Heavenly Father's commandments. I know the temple is very important and sacred. I know anyone who truly prepares to go to the temple can go. By doing so they will receive great blessings from our loving Heavenly Father. Missionaries and local friends and leaders in the Church can help us make it there. Show more Show less

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.

Taylor
Christ never changes (see Hebrews 13:8) and in one of our thirteen Articles of Faith that summarize many of our basic beliefs we read, "We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth" (A of F 1:6). With those things being true, we have apostles today to lead and guide us who are chosen by God. When I listen to their words or read them with real humility and sincerity, I know and feel them to be true and I know we all can as well. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Taylor
No. Christ taught to "love thy neighbour as thyself" (Matthew 22:39). By that, He means to love ALL individuals. The Church has programs to help many who may be in need regardless of faith or background. We are ALL children of God and it's our duty to serve and help one another. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Taylor
Men attending Sunday meetings primarily wear ties along with suits or dress pants; women primarily wear modest dresses or skirts. Children normally dress similarly. While dressing up in such clothing is important and what you'll see at church, all are welcome. For example, for one who may wish to attend yet does not own a tie/dress, dressing in the best they have and coming to worship with those at Sunday services will be welcomed and loved. Holidays are celebrated and are oftentimes important days even. For example, Easter and Christmas are spiritual times and important periods to give special remembrance to Jesus Christ. Other holidays, birthdays, and similar events may be good times for us to do certain things such as honor a nation for example and they can also be wonderful opportunities to spend quality time with family. Show more Show less