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Hi I'm Taylor

I'm studying biology. I sing. I love cooking for friends. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Taylor, 24 years old. I’m studying biology at BYU-Idaho and was inspired to do so by curiosity and Bill Nye the Science Guy! I am still looking into what I want to do as a career, something I’ve been doing for quite a while! I need to get on that. Something interesting about me is that I don’t have many goals and aspirations that don’t have to do with having a family. My schooling, my career, where I live, and what I drive are all for my future family. I served for two years as missionary in Argentina, so I do speak Spanish! I love meeting people that only speak Spanish because I get to practice without any temptation to break into english. I met so many wonderful people there, people with faith in Jesus Christ. Argentina also made me appreciate living in this country with all the opportunities that it offers.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many people, I've grown up in the church. I've been a Mormon as long as I can remember, and even before that! haha. For a long time, my testimony was based on my trust in my parents. I think it's that way for most everyone, in any faith, culture, or society. But as I grew up I had to start thinking about the church. I had questions, some that were simple, and some that took a long time to answer. Some questions could not be satisfied by explanations alone, but by experiences. I still have questions! I don't think I'll ever run out of them.

How I live my faith

The way I live my faith is by sharing it. And as a missionary, I will have two years to do just that. All day, every day. But when I was back home I was very active in church too. Most recently, I have taught a children's sunday school class (11 and 12 year old boys; I made it out alive though! haha) and l taught the Men's Sunday school class once a month. It's slightly out of my comfort zone to be teaching men that are all older than me, but it was a good expreience, especially in preparation for my mission.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Taylor
To answer this question, I think back to the times of Jesus. He was born an orthodox jew. It is very clear that he had a great understanding of the jewish beliefs even when a child, stemming from a combination of a religious education and divine communication from his Father in heaven. The religion was based on the law that Moses had received directly from God and they had followed it for generations upon generations. What do you think the Pharisees thought about him when he started to teach unorthodox beliefs? What do you think they thought when he started to get a gathering of people following him? Did they say that he was beginning an evil cult, designed to draw people off the path that God had given them? I don't know the jewish word for cult, but I am quite sure that they said many things about him along those lines. What they didn't understand was that he had been sent there to fix what had been corrupted over many years, caused by uninspired leaders. It was different! It was hard to accept!! But those that truly listened to to Him with their heart understood and believed him. In the same way, those that truly listen with their heart will will understand that this church is not a cult. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Taylor
No, we do not. As a rule, we do not pray to any one or anything except for God the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ. We treat Joseph Smith as any other prophet of the bible. It's easiest for me to relate his to Moses. One who received many revelations from God and led many people to hear the word of God. God has never written anything himself except the 10 commandments, in stone tablets. All other commandments and revelations have come through his chosen servants. Joseph Smith is and was one of those chosen servants, no more, no less. Show more Show less