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Hi I'm Taylor

I'm the Master Chief, I love all that is high tech or military, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in the Salt Lake Valley in Utah, have two loving parents and two crazy nut jobs for younger brothers. Learning is important to me as that gets you where you want to go in life. Technology, science, and, more recently, the gospel are amazing things to me. Thanks to an incredible love for Legos, I decided early on that I wanted to design and build tanks, guns, or whatever I could get my hands on in that industry. Through high school this desire developed in some engineering courses where I decided I wanted to work for a military engineering company. I started going to Utah State University in the Mechanical Engineering Program so that I could further my dreams, then decided to serve the Lord for two years as a missionary. Without a doubt this was the best decision of my life and while it was difficult it was also the best time in my life so far. It helped me develop and refine my thirst for the gospel and bless the lives of others who I came to love as both of us came closer to Christ. Now I'm back at USU working on my degree while still trying to remain a spiritual person in a crazy world. I love the challenge. I have an eclectic taste in hobbies and interests that ranged from video games (Halo is amazing), golf, reading, random music genres, and many, many movies. My family's ranch in Utah is one of my favorite places in the world because I can read, relax, and pulverize pumpkins with my family's arsenal of handguns and rifles, unleashing my inner hick.

Why I am a Mormon

Why NOT be a Mormon??? I am a Mormon because it helps me learn and grow. Christ wants us to be perfect and the only way we can do that is by following Him in His true Church. I was born into the Church, but, like everybody else, I had to come to know the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ for myself. There are three steps that I am continuing to take to learn of Christ's truth and plan for me. The first is reading the Book of Mormon. Then I really think about what it means for me and apply what I learn to my life. Finally, I pray about what I learn and feel while I do the first two steps. By doing this I know through the Holy Spirit that the Book of Mormon is God's words to His prophets in ancient America. It's so cool that we can read them today and feel His love for us as we do so. I also know this is Christ's Church, not some church started by some guy, and that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I learned these things by reading the Book of Mormon and as I read the Bible it teaches that these things are true.

How I live my faith

I served Christ on a two year mission in the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission. This was a sixteen hour a day service opportunity that I paid out of my own pocket to do. I spent my days teaching people around me about how the Prophet Joseph Smith was inspired by God to bring the Book of Mormon to the world and restore His true Church to the earth again. Out there I show people how our Lord has a plan for each of us, and that Christ's gospel is on the earth again. It was a beautiful thing trying to guide others to come closer to Jesus Christ when so much of the world is rejecting Him. I got to show people the way to have happier, more fulfilling lives, just as Christ would do if He were standing here. Now living at college I continue to love the Lord and I do all I can to serve Him by serving His people. As it says in Matthew 25:40 "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." I try to live by that because I was not sent here to be some mindless robot, but an individual seeking to help those who need His help.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Taylor
In the Bible we find that Christ commanded his disciples to, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations" (Matthew 28:19). As disciples of Jesus Christ we take upon ourselves this same challenge. We do our best to help others see how Christ has come into our lives and helped us through our trials and how they, like us, can be blessed as they learn of and accept Christ's message. Our purpose as missionaries is simply to "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End." We also provide service to those around us in an effort to improve their lives both temporally and spiritually. Simply put, we proselyte to help others come closer to Christ. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Taylor
We have faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ so that we may draw closer to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Taylor
The Book of Mormon was written by many prophets in Ancient America from 600 B.C. to 421 A.D. Each of these prophets was inspired by God to write the words they wrote to help their own people and the followers of Christ in the future (the people on the Earth today). These accounts were compiled and abridged by a prophet/historian named Mormon, for whom the Book of Mormon is named. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Taylor
No, we don't worship him in any way. The focus of our worship is God the Eternal Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was simply a man who, like Moses, was a prophet, a person who was the mouthpiece of the Lord to His people here on Earth. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Taylor
You bet we do! The Bible is an amazing book filled with the inspired words of God to His children through His prophets. In the Old Testament we find His dealings with the children of men from the beginning of the world, as well as prophecies about the coming of our Lord, Savior, and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Some great exaples of this are found in Isaiah 9:6 and Jeremiah 23:5-8. In the New Testament we find the account of Christ's ministry to the children of Israel, His Atonement, and His teachings through the Apostles He established to lead His Church. We can look to the Bible for how God has worked with His children on the earth throughout history and how we works with them today through Apostles, prophets, and revelation through the Holy Spirit. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Taylor
No. In the past Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, and Solomon practiced this as commanded by the Lord. In the last days God called Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and others to live this same commandment and they followed it until the Lord again decided that the practice should again be taken from the earth. As it says in Isaiah 55:8-9, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." We do not understand all the ways of the Lord, but we can trust in Him that they are right. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Taylor
Fourteen million or so really cool people that are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Christ's true Church once again established on the earth. 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
If there weren't meant to be more apostles, then why were Matthias and Paul called to be apostles? Why would Christ organize His Chuch a certain way, then almost immediatly change it? The answers are simple. These men were called to be apostles that would work under the direction of Jesus Christ to lead His Church, to preach the gospel to the nations, and prevent deception from entering the Church. Ephesians 4:11-14 teach us clearly the role of these apostles and it mentions that their expiration date is when, "we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" (verse 13). That has yet to happen, so there is obviously a need for apostles to lead and guide Christ's Church today just as they did 2000 years ago. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Taylor
They don't know what we believe. Many have their own ideas of what members of the Church believe that have been twisted to make us seem like some sort of crazy religion. When they discover what we really believe, that Jesus Christ is the focus of our beliefs, and that we are normal people who love our families they no longer see us as a "cult." Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Taylor
In the first epistle of Paul to the Corinthians he asked them an important question after teaching on the importance of the resurrection. He wrote in verse 29, "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" Why were the ancient Christians baptizing for the dead? Obviously Paul didn't have a problem with the practice and mentions it in such an off hand way as to lead us to think it was common knowledge among the saints, but why was it done? First we need to understand why baptism itself is so important. In John 3:5 we learn, "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." In other words, even though all of God's children will be resurrected because of Christ's resurrection, without baptism we can not live with God after this life. So what about the numberless people that have walked the earth, never having the opportunity to be baptized by the authority Christ gave to his apostles? Would our kind, loving Heavenly Father cast them off without this opportunity to come to Him? No, he would provide a way for them to follow the example set by Jesus Christ and be baptized. They wouldn't be able to do it themselves after this life, so we today and the saints in Paul's time baptize for the dead in temples on behalf of those that can't do it themselves, giving them the chance to live with God again. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Taylor
In Matthew 24:7 we read, "nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places." These are some of the signs of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ which are happening quite frequently these days. The Lord wants His people to be ready for this, so He has given counsel through today's prophets on how to prepare for these events. Of course, there is extensive spiritual preparation which is needed, but there are also our temporal needs which the Lord understands and takes into account. Emergency preparedness, food storage, saving money, and other similar programs help us to withstand these widespread disasters as well as personal ones such as unemployment and day to day emergencies. They help us to be more self-reliant and to help those around us on any given day and especially in times of trouble. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Taylor
As a missionary I have the privilege of serving the Lord for two years at the expense of myself and my family. Many of the other missionaries I have worked with have paid for their entire mission on their own and I give them great credit for that. The Lord blesses us as we labor to serve Him with the funds we and our families have labored to make which a gift from Him anyway, so it is readily returned to Him as part of the sacrifice we make. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Taylor
Well, considering this is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I think it's safe to assume right off the bat we are Christians. It's right there in the name. On top of this there is our firm belief that Jesus Christ is our Lord and our Savior, that He is, "the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by [Him]"(John 14:6). I have a firm belief that this is true, that Jesus Christ is our Master and every one of us is indebted to Him for the Atonement He made for us. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Taylor
The way I have come to know God better is by reading the scriptures and prayer. Seems a little too... simple, right? That's because the steps are simple, but it's the effort we put into them which is hard for some. It has only been through daily reading the scriptures that I have been able to come to know God the way I have. Some days I simply feel peaceful, on others I'm strengthened. Then there are those marvelous days when a particular verse or verses stands out to me for some reason and I can't move past them until I find out why. Many of these experiences have helped me to have a better understanding who God is and how much He cares about me. Most recently this happened with the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32. The son, having squandered all and finding himself in a waste returns home. "But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found." I can easily imagine our Heavenly Father being just as this kind, loving father towards us, who are in our own ways His prodigal sons and daughters. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Taylor
Look around you. There's a good chance you're inside on a computer surrounded by the things which have been built by other men. For all of the incredible things they can do, such as get you on Mormon.org, they are juvenile in comparison to God's creations. Now go outside and look around. There is a beautifully simple complexity to the trees, grass, and other parts of the incredible natural world around us. Then contemplate on the vastness of space and it's complexity and the hugeness of each of it's comparatively small components, including that small blip which is you. To top everything off there is the marvel of your body and the ingenious design it is which works so perfectly. As an Apostle of the Lord, Russell M. Nelson said, "Yet some people erroneously think that these marvelous physical attributes happened by chance or resulted from a big bang somewhere. Ask yourself, 'Could an explosion in a printing shop produce a dictionary?' The likelihood is most remote. But if so, it could never heal its own torn pages or reproduce its own newer editions!" There is evidence everywhere of there being a God who has put all of these amazing things together in a way that works and makes sense. My existence is no accident and neither is yours as God placed all of us here at this time for His purposes. Everything tells me there is a God. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Taylor
Jesus Christ. It's not the church of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, or any other ordinary guy, but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which means that Christ is the leader of it. Sure, He's not here on earth with us right now, but each prophet is a man called by God to hold that position. He is called because he will do what Christ wants him to and act as a voice for Him just as Moses and other prophets did. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Taylor
Basically eternal life is living forever with God. Many people mistake immortality as this, but immortality is living forever with that important little part of "with God" left out. Basically, the people who keep the commandments, try to live good lives, have faith in Christ, repent, are baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end are the ones who gain eternal life. Everybody else who doesn't do these things will still live forever in one of two states (or glories as it is often called in the Church) of happiness, but none of them will be as great because it isn't "with God." The greatest joy is found living forever with God and our eternal families. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Taylor
Well first of all we aren't robots, so there really is no "Mormon lifestyle." We're everything from scientists to artists to motorcycle enthusiasts and more. There are, however, a few common things in the lives of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The first of these is that we're members of Christ's Church that He established and leads today through modern prophets. Another is how we do our best to live God's laws, such as studying the scriptures, keeping the Sabbath day holy, and obeying the ten commandments. The reason why we are all trying to do this is best explained by a Book of Mormon scripture in Mosiah 2:41. "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it." So I guess you could say the Mormon lifestyle is we try to be happy in the ways that actually help us be happy. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Taylor
Well, we believe in a book of scripture called the Book of Mormon and for some reason many people think that makes us "Mormons," but it doesn't. Christian churches (such as ourselves) are termed "Christian" because we follow Christ, but our faith isn't based on following anyone named Mormon, we follow Christ. This is reflected in the real name of our Church, which is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, not The Church of Mormon. Mormon was simply a prophet in ancient America who compiled the records of his people into what became the Book of Mormon as translated by the modern prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Taylor
It all starts off with this little thing called death. He isn't too kind and everybody experiences him at some point. The second part is sin, or doing wrong in God's eyes. This is something we do pretty much every day and includes our bad thoughts, words, and actions. Because of death we are unable to have our spirit and body together and the body decays as our spirit sorrows over the loss of our body. Sin prevents us from living in the presence of God and thereby we become unhappy. God wants us to have joy in this life and in the next, so He made a plan to take away the effects of death and sin. Central to this plan is the atonement of Jesus Christ, our Savior. It is only because He took our sins upon himself, died, and lived again that we can have our sins taken away and regain our body after we die. Of course, to have our sins taken away we must repent of them in which we confess them to God, ask for forgiveness from Him, and do all we can to live better lives by giving up our sins. By doing this we fulfill the requirements our Heavenly Father set for us to return to live with him again by being free from sin and having a body like He does. Without our Savior we wouldn't have this opportunity to live with God and we would be miserable forever. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Taylor
In speaking to the Elders of the Church in 1 Peter 5:2-4 Peter exhorted them to, "Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." This makes it very clear that the leadership of Christ's church are supposed to preach to the members not for "filthy lucre" (money), but for "a crown of glory that fadeth not away" (eternal life in the presence of God). Christ taught of the need to "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matthew 6:20). In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we follow the standard Christ set of Church leaders who don't preach for their own monetary gain, but for the benefit of those that hear them. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Taylor
The Word of Wisdom is just that, a word by which we can obtain and learn wisdom. This particular wisdom is a health code the Lord gave as a commandment in a revelation to the prophet Joseph Smith. Some of the major points which stand out in today's world are complete abstenance from tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs, all of which are prevelant in our culture while being detremental to our health. Maybe it's just me, but it seems pretty obvious that we should not partake of things which so easily tear our bodies apart. On the other hand, many seem to think this revelation only speaks of things which are harmful for the body, but much of the law is focused on what we can do to eat healthy things. Eating fruit, herbs, and grain in their seasons is part of the commandment, as well as eating meat sparingly. By living these standards we are promised health and knowledge which can not be found by any other means. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Taylor
If an ice cream truck pulls up behind you when you're going 20 over the speed limit and starts playing that annoying song, are you going to pull over? I hope not, because there is no way that guy has the authority to do so (I appologize to any ice cream truck drivers who may read this, but you don't have that kind of power). In this case, however, it's easy to see how he doesn't have the right to do that. With baptism it's just as important to determine if this person has the right given to him from God to do such a sacred act, but many profess to have the authority without actually having it. This is because after the Apostles died off the authority Christ gave them was taken from the earth with them. Even without the authority to continue the Church as it had been established Christianity in general kept on rolling with major changes made to the doctrine over last 2000 years so it can't even be recognized anymore. Thankfully, the same Church Christ set up on the earth is back, along with the same priesthood and authority He gave to the twelve Apostles. Now baptisms can be performed which are actually recorded not just on earth, but in heaven and only by this do they become binding to God. That is why the restoration of the priesthood is so important. Nothing we can do here matters unless it's done by that authority and power. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Taylor
Nope, we're all about helping everybody. Church members have provided service after after many natural disasters, using their own time and sometimes traveling great distances to help those who are in need. There are continual efforts to provide necessary supplies to third world countries and those who need help closer to home. Ever since the Church was established the principal of Christlike service has been at it's core. Show more Show less