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Hi I'm Taylor

I am a learner, a musician, a performer, a writer, a friend, daughter, sister, a daughter of God, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have loved being on a stage since I was born, and enjoy expressing myself through my music, movement, and speech. I like to play the piano, sing, dance, act, give speeches, rock climb, run; you name it! I am a nerd and love learning, both in formal classes and from observing my world. I am currently a Communication Studies major at college and hope to one day pursue ethnographic research, design, and storytelling, and maybe start a couple entrepreneurial ventures on the way. My mission in life is to be free, laugh, love, and create!

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with two faithful parents and a long line of faithful members as my heritage, but that is not why I am LDS. I am a Mormon because I feel peace whenever I read the Book of Mormon. I am Mormon because when I pray, I feel a surety and a groundedness that Heavenly Father has heard me, and I have never had a prayer go unanswered. Some answers are not what I expected when I asked, but I know that Heavenly Father loves me because he always exceeds my expectations; I can feel him molding me into the person He knows I can become. I am Mormon because my heart swells with love when I try to become like my Savior and because my life is full of the love that comes from the gospel. I am a Mormon because the results of my faithfulness and the faithfulness of others in my life has been and continues to be beautiful and blesses my life. I am Mormon because I have tested the word and it is delicious to me. (Alma 32:28, Book of Mormon)

How I live my faith

I live my faith by talking with my Heavenly Father and reading the scriptures every day to help me center my day towards Christ. I try to be a good neighbor, friend, and family member by serving those around me and listening to and trying to fulfill the needs of others. I live my faith by trying to love my fellow men and accepting people for who they are and helping them reach their highest potential, which I believe includes understanding and living up to the understanding that they are sons and daughters of a living God. I do my best to keep the promises I have made with God of serving Him every day of my life.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Everyone is welcome at church! Anyone who is wondering what it is like or what we believe should come and learn first hand! Our services consist of 3 parts. One, the center of our Sabbath, is Sacrament Meeting. In Sacrament Meeting, church members partake of the Sacrament, or bread and water blessed and consumed as a reminder of our Savior's sacrifice and atonement. This is a sacred action and is preceded by a preparatory hymn and a blessing on the bread and water by those with proper authority to bless it. This process of the blessing and passing of the Sacrament is accompanied by reverence and quiet reflection of the Savior and our promises to Him. After taking the sacrament, there are a few talks given by members of the congregation, prepared before the meeting, concerning a topic of discussion within our religious study. The second part of the meetings is Sunday School, where classes and discussion are prepared by members of the congregation given the temporary role of teachers. They study a pre-determined lesson in advance and prepare it for teaching. All lessons are scheduled world-wide. The third part of meetings are individual classes. The children go to primary, young men and women to separate classes (12-18), women (18+) to Relief Society, and men (18+) to Quorums. Here, inspired and called leaders instruct the different groups for their needs and provide support spiritually, as well as temporally. Show more Show less