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Hi I'm Taylor Buckway

I was born in Ogden and now am serving a mission in Georgia. Jesus Christ is awesome and I'm a mormon.

About Me

Hello I am Taylor and I'm a mormon. I like to play golf and hang out with my friends. I play basketball occasionally and I play video games a lot. I do very well in school and I love talking about the gospel and the church. I know quite a lot and can share many things with people. I'm interested in becoming an engineer because when I was a kid I loved building stuff like roller coasters from kinex and and building things out of legos. Now I love solving difficult puzzles like Rubik cubes. I'm a problem solver basically. I'm a guy who likes challenges. I work hard and am diligent in many things that I do. This is why I want to be an engineer because I can feel like I'm doing something good for the community and so I can apply my knowledge to it. I like to have fun and I love being with people.I come from a very large family. I have nine siblings and I'm one of the younger ones. I attended the University of Utah in studying engineering.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a mormon because my family raised me this way. The main reason I'm mormon though is the powerful testimony I have of Jesus Christ. Our prophet, Thomas S Monson asked for others to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon. He said that we would receive an answer from the Spirit that it is true. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. I have done this for a while. One day I was reading in a book in the Book of Mormon call 3 Nephi in chapter 11 verses 8 through 10. As I was reading these verses I felt a powerful feeling that I could not describe. I know that it was the Holy Ghost testifying to me that the event that happened actually happened. What is happening in these verses is a moment the the Savior, Jesus Christ appeared to a people who were faithful to him through hard times in their lives. They always were faithful and they endured many hardships ant they got the privilege to see Christ. I received that feeling because of the love and testimony I have for my Savior. It says in the Book of Mormon that those who truly love their Savior will come to know him by reading this book. The feeling really made me happy and from that moment on I wanted to share it with others and live the gospel. I also know that the current prophet is true because his words came true. I invite everyone to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. It will bless you life. I know it and I love it. I really love this church because it is all centered around family and Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday. I go there to feel the presence of the Holy Ghost, hear testimonies of other member, and find ways to build my faith in Jesus Christ. I feel close to him as I do these things. Right now I am serving as mission in Georgia. A mission is a 2 year commitment to share the gospel and my testimony with others. I invite others come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. I teach people all over no matter who they are. I read the scriptures and pray to my Heavenly Father everyday so I can receive guidance from him everyday. When I was home in Utah, I participated in young mens activities every week. We did all kinds of fun stuff like boating, basketball, and many other fun activities. I do what I can to serve the church and build it up.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Taylor Buckway
We baptize our new members because Jesus Christ himself set the example for us and was baptized. Baptism must be done by immersion because Christ was immersed in water by John the Baptist. Have you ever wondered why Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist? He had the authority to do so from God(see Hebrews 5:4). We baptize our new members so they can be prepared to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost after. It must all be done by the proper priesthood authority which is the power and authority to act in the name of God. God literally have called these men to baptize others and they are the only ones with this authority. When new members are baptized into the church they make a covenant, which is an agreement between two or more persons, which they take the name of Christ upon themselves and always remember him and keep his commandment which he has give them. If they make and keep this covenant they will have the Spirit to always be with them. One of the way we keep this covenant is repenting or changing from the sin we commit. If new members always confess their sins to God and forsake them then they are keeping the covenant. Sins are things that go against God's commandments and we need to repent of them. When someone is baptized and receives the Holy Ghost they can feel a greater joy in their life. They have a taste of eternal life and they can work for it. If you want to understand more read 3 Nephi 11. Talks about Jesus Christ giving men power to baptize. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Taylor Buckway
The first vision is the most important invest in our church. Joseph Smith, a young 14 year old boy, was looking for a church to join. His parents were both in different religions. His mother was Presbyterian; his father was Methodist. He wanted to look at all churches to find which one he wanted to join. He wanted to know which one was the true church. However, all the churches that he visited constantly opossed the other churches and saying only theirs was right. Joseph really wanted to know. He was reading and pondering in the scriptures trying to find an answer. Then he came to the scripture James 1:5 which said "If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." If anybody lacked wisdom is was Joseph. He wanted to know which church to join. He acted on this scripture and went to a grove of trees and prayed to Heavenly Father in the name of Christ. He got an answer. He also had a powerful experience that is truly divine. In his words he said,"I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head which descended gradually until the light rested upon me. When the light rested upon me I saw two personages whose brightness and glory defied all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said pointing to the other, This is my beloved son, hear him." I testify that Joseph did see God and Jesus Christ. I know this because of the Book of Mormon. All should read it. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Taylor Buckway
The church is not involved with politics. The members are encouraged to make decisions of their own and participate in politics and government. However, they do not represent what the church stands on. The church is neutral. I enjoy this because the church encourages us to use our best judgement and exercise our agency in choosing who we believe should lead us in our countries. Voting is a great privilege and ways I would decide is search out the information and pray about it. The Book of Mormon talks about this in Alma 51. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Taylor Buckway
Yes. A husband and wife can be together forever. God wants us to be in families. Our families are our most influence in our lives. If you truly have a desire to be with your spouse for time and all eternity than you should look into the LDS church. We teach the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ which includes eternal families. Eternal families is a restored truth revealed to Joseph Smith by Heavenly Father. The husband and wife can be married for all eternity in our temples. The temple is the place to go to build your family. To be able to go to the temple and take upon yourselves these wonderful and joyful blessing you'll need to become worthy to go into the temple. You need to know if what we believe is true though. The only way you'll find out if husbands and wives can be together forever is by reading, pondering, and praying to Heavenly Father about the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is the only way you can know for sure. So if you truly want to know than order a Book of Mormon and read it. That's the only way you can know. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Taylor Buckway
Plain and simple. Order a Book of Mormon, it's free why wouldn't you want to have a free book, read it, ponder it, and pray to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ if it's true. If you receive a witness that the Book of Mormon is true than everything about Joseph Smith is true, the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints is the Lord's kingdom on earth, and that you can be a part of the divine plan of God. It also proves that Jesus is the Christ and that the Bible is true as well because it testifies of the Bible. You would do the same thing with the Bible. If the Book of Mormon is true than you know that families can be together forever and you know that we have authority from God himself to perform eternal ordinances such as baptism and marriage for eternity. The witness you'll receive is called the Holy Ghost. He's that good feeling you sometimes get when you go to church or you fell something is right. He won't lie to you. He is a member of what we call the Godhead. It consists of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. They are three different beings and are one in purpose. What seperates our religion from other religions is that we have the Book of Mormon. All other churches have the Bible but we also have the Book of Mormon. We do read the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon. So if you want to find out which one it is than our religion has an easy way to find out. Read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. Do it!!!!! Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Taylor Buckway
Yeah, it's true we have the bible, but think about this. In Hebrews we read that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If he inspired men back then to right the bible or scriptures, wouldn't he have scripture written today. It only makes sense. Christ organized the 12 apostles. They were given power and authority to act in God's name. This authority can only be handed down by someone who already has it. The apostles held all the authority and always will. However, they were killed off so the authority was tooken from the earth. Man started to claim authority and make changes in the gospel that were not authorized. Christ's church along with the apostles were off the earth because of man. People say that God has done his work and he has no more. God didn't close the heavens, man did. That is why there must be a restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In order for a restoration to happen, angels need to again minister to the earth. Which did happen with Joseph Smith. God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ appeared to him and called him as a prophet to restore the gospel. John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and one of his friends Oliver Cowdery and conferred upon them what we call the Aaronic priesthood which is authority to baptize. Peter, James, and John also appeared to Joseph and gave the Melchizedek priesthood which the full authority from God. Joseph brought forth the Book of Mormon which is proof of the restoration. Read, ponder, and pray. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Taylor Buckway
Yes!!! Jesus Christ truly did visit North America. This account is found in the Book of Mormon. Jesus performed the same miracles just as he did in the Jerusalem. These people he visited were a faithful people and their prophets have spoken of a messiah that should come to them. These people waited patiently and faithfully and after much tribulation Jesus Christ himself did visit them. He did heal their sick, cause the blind to see, and many great and wonderful miracles. This is the story that I know to be true for it is where the Holy Ghost testified to me that Christ did visit them. It brings great understanding to me. It shows God's love for all mankind and that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He still speaks to us today many times through prophets in these modern times. Christ has come to visit these people and He will come again. I encourage you to receive a copy of the Book of Mormon and read this account. It is found in 3 Nephi chapters 11-30. If you do you will see the mercies God has shown for all his children. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Taylor Buckway
We read in the Bible in James that faith without works is dead. We do believe that we are saved by grace. This is because of the atoning sacrifice that Jesus Christ has done for us. We believe that is by grace that we are saved after all we can do. We all gain salvation from physical death, which is the separation from the body and the spirit, through the resurrection, which is the reuniting of the body and spirit never to be seperated again. Jesus Christ was the first one to be resurrected and because of that and the atonement we all will be resurrected. Jesus Christ also made it possible for us to be saved by spiritual death, which is the seperation of the spirit(or us) from God, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We need to believe in Jesus Christ and accept as our savior and follow his commandments including repentance. The Book of Mormon talks a lot about the grace of Jesus Christ just like the Bible does. If you read them both, you'll receive a greater understanding of the doctrine of grace because they are both witnesses of Jesus Christ. This doctrine of grace gives a lot of people comfort and hope. It helps people throughout their lives and by prayer we can receive this grace. One of our apostles speak it as the enabling power of the atonement. If you do your best in serving God and Jesus Christ to the end then his grace is sufficient for you. Read Moroni 10:32 in the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less