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Hi I'm Taylor

I grew up in Las Vegas. I'm in medical school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Las Vegas. I love sports and the outdoors. I am currently a medical student at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina studying to be an Orthopedic Surgeon. I have a wonderful wife and a handsome baby boy. I do many different things, but my faith in Jesus Christ and his church is the common thread that enters into every aspect of my life and brings meaning and direction.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a "Mormon" family learning the truths about Jesus Christ and his teachings from my parents. Even from a young age, the teachings just seemed to resonate with me and make sense. I believed my parents, but was encouraged to find out for myself if the teachings were true. I studied the Book of Mormon and the Bible and I prayed often to know what was the truth. Over time, little by little, I gained a very firm witness that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and the Savior of the World. I also came to see that the church that Jesus Christ established in ancient days, as well as its plain and precious teachings, had been lost after the death of the apostles (Peter, James, etc). However, our Heavenly Father in his infinite love restored, or brought back, that original church through a young man named Joseph Smith. When I have followed the teachings of the church I have been blessed with peace and happiness in my life. I feel like I have guidance and direction. Life is still hard, but I have perspective and the knowledge that God's living prophets will help me to know what pitfalls to avoid. I know the teachings are true, but even if they weren't, my life is so much better when I live them. That peace, comfort, and confidence enters every aspect of my life and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith enters every aspect of my life, from the time I get up in the morning until my head hits the pillow at night. I am not a perfect man, I just try to do the best I can every day, and hopefully do a little better tomorrow. Our ward (congregation) often organizes service projects in the community. Whether they be helping out at the homeless shelter, or cleaning and beautifying a park, I love being able to have fun and work with people for the benefit of the community. On Sunday I love catching up with friends and new people that I have met at church. I stay very busy in my responsibility as the Young Men's President. That means I have responsibility over the instruction and teaching of the teenage boys in the congregation, including their involvement in the Boy Scouts of America program. In addition to that, a couple Sunday's a month another brother and I go out home-teaching after church. We visit a couple families in the ward that we have been assigned to. We talk for a bit, see how things are going in their lives, and then we share an uplifting message. If they need help with moving, a ride to the airport, or someone to come administer to them when they are sick, we are their first contact. I love having the chance to serve and it has often allowed me to make a lasting impact in someone's life. It has also given me the chance to make lasting friendships with those whom I serve. Most of the time I am just glad I can help hold open doors or put away chairs.