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Hi I'm Taylor Bean

I love to be outdoors, can pick a pine cone from time to time, and I'm a mormon

About Me

I grew up on a large farm in Idaho where we raised wheat, potatoes, sugar beets, hay and other crops. I loved being raised in such a family-based environment. Most days, my siblings were able to work side by side. These experiences created lasting relationships of trust and friendship. Work started at 7 every morning and lasted until about 9 at night. Needless to say, I learned the value of hard work. My upbringing formed habits of hard work, diligence, and optimism in the face of difficult tasks. These habits have been the foundation of many of my greatest accomplishments in life. I love being outside. I discovered a passion for running early on in life, and throughout High School I ran track and cross country competitively. Throughout my competitive running season in high school, I competed in a handful of national meets, and even broke a school record for the mile. I ran it in 4 minutes 26 seconds. I still enjoy running to this day. Along with running, I love to participate in many other sports. Tennis, basketball, spikeball, fishing, and biking are just a few examples.

Why I am a Mormon

Early on in my life I had questions regarding the church. When I was about fourteen years old, the president of the church at the time issued a challenge for everyone to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year. I set a goal to finish the Book of Mormon in about two months. This meant that I had to read over 500 pages, but I began the journey. Each day I would feel good as I read, and I recognized a consistent good feeling in my life. I can remember one particular night very clearly that has shaped my desire to follow God. I was up late trying to finish a chapter in the Book of Mormon before going to bed. As I began reading, I came across a story about 2,000 young men that went to war to protect their families, lives, and liberties. These young men trusted in God and were protected by Him, amidst terrible odds. These young men fought in the battle and not one of the 2,000 was killed. That night I felt the Spirit of God so strong, the feeling couldn’t be mistaken for anything else. In that moment the Spirit testified to me that the Book of Mormon is true. I felt a desire to personally trust in God and do whatever He asked of me, no matter how difficult the task, just as these young men had done. Since that day I have done my best to follow Him and His teachings. This desire has led me to serve a mission, continually study His teachings, and voluntarily serve in the church. I have had other similar experiences when I have felt the Spirit of God very strong while reading the scriptures or attending church. But most days I recognize the Spirit as a subtle feeling of hope, an idea on how to accomplish something, or a feeling of assurance during a difficulty. These more frequent experiences enable me to be happy and optimistic amidst the difficulties of life that I face.

How I live my faith

My religious beliefs and experiences with my own family shape the desires that I have for a future family. A successful family life helped me learn many of life’s important lessons. I want to be able to provide a similar setting of love, learning, and growth for a family of my own. I am currently in the process of looking for a young lady that I want to spend the rest of my life with, that has similar desires for a family. Although this hasn’t yet happened, I believe that God will prepare a way for me to be able to meet someone to start a family and spend the rest of my life with. Now, I can live my faith by making choices that will enable me to become the kind of Husband and Father that I want to be for my future Wife and Kids.