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Hi I'm Taylor

I'm a husband, father, and constitutional litigator. I work daily for peace at home and liberty in my community. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to my kind, talented, and supportive wife since 2004. We have three children, with another on the way. My family is my treasure, and it gives me peace to know that whatever else happens in life, I always have my family. I attended law school at UCLA from 2007-2010. By the time I finished, my wife and I had our three children. It was busy, but family gave me purpose and motivation. I spent my first year out of school clerking (researching and ghost writing) for an appellate judge. I now work for a government watchdog group as a constitutional litigator. My job is to sue the government when they create laws that violates the state or U.S. Constitution and help defend laws that advance the cause of liberty. When I'm not dating my wife, bonding with my children, or working, I enjoy running. I have completed two marathons and hope to transition into triathlons soon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Church's teachings give me a fulfillment that I have never found anywhere else. As an undergraduate, I studied philosophy, with an emphasis on moral and religious philosophy. I found many mentally stimulating concepts in my studies, and I came to greatly respect the ideas of learned men and women of history. But none of those ideas could give me the satisfaction, the utter sense of fulfillment, that the gospel of Jesus Christ has given me. And in no other place have I found a greater and deeper explanation of that gospel than in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In my post-law school life, where I find myself second guessing every argument, concept, principle, and idea, I find peace in the Church. Why? Because the holy ghost confirms truth to me in a way that transcends (though certainly includes) the logic of man. I don't have to prove it to myself because I already know its true. Instead I can spend my efforts learning truths that make my life and the life of my family more filled with joy.

How I live my faith

What I love to do in the Church more than anything else is to teach. I love how much I learn as I prepare to teach. I love how the spirit literally teaches me as I speak (it is not uncommon for me to finish teaching and think, "Wow, I never knew that."). I love to watch the lives of others change as they learn how they can take advantage of the atonement in their lives. I have felt the moments where the spirit is not with me for some reason, and I know that nothing I do will touch people's lives in the necessary way. I am only as good as the spirit is with me. I rely on the Lord to guide my words so I say the things the listener needs to hear. There is nothing quite so sweet as feeling that you have been a tool in the hands of the Lord for good.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No. The Church spends an astounding amount of resources to aid the afflicted all over the world, with no regard for their religious affiliation. Christ has asked us to feed the hungry and to clothe the naked, and that is what we do. Every month, in addition to paying 10% of our income to the Church as tithing, members also fast for two meals and then donate the cost of those meals to the Church. This money goes to help Mormons and Non Mormons alike. It is true, however, that as Mormons, we take care of each other. This is because of the tremendous organization of the Church. Every member is assigned a "home teacher," who is a representative of the Bishop of the ward (and ultimately Christ) and who goes into the home of that member to teach, uplift, and leave a prayer in the home. When that member needs something (physical or spiritual), the home teachers are the first line of defense. It's truly an incredible and inspired program. But we as members are just as anxious to help non Mormons when we learn of the need. The limitation is that we simply do not know of the need as quickly as we do among members of the Church. Show more Show less