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Hi I'm Taylor

I´m an audio engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I´m a high school graduate, and just got back from serving a full-time mission in Argentina. While in high school, my hobby was mainly working in technical theatre (Setting up and running the lights and sound, etc. for stage concerts or performances). I am currently working at BYU with audio and video for events. I am now thinking of majoring in industrial design. I have studied it out in my mind, and prayed about it, and have received a few suggestions to go into that field. I don't know too much about industrial design, but I hope I can become as passionate about it as I am about audio.

Why I am a Mormon

I got a testimony because I prayed about it. You can't really get an answer without asking. And I know that God answers everyone who asks. He answers in His own time, in a different way for everyone. But He does answer, so ask. I don't attribute my answer of my prayers to one specific moment or event. I got many witnesses over time testifying to me. I think my answer was, "you already know." I had been taught the truth by my parents, but I couldn't really get an answer until I wanted to know for myself. I have felt the Holy Ghost confirm the truthfulness of the gospel to me a number of times. They follow experiences like going to church, praying, reading the Book of Mormon, participating in Priesthood blessings and ordinances, and hearing Apostles of the Lord speak. That may sound like not a very strong answer, but I think it is a lot stronger than seeing a miracle as an answer to my prayers. I think I would doubt the miracle over time, but I cannot deny the spiritual witnesses I have felt. The point is that I can say with confidence and surety that I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, and that it now means something to me. I know the Book of Mormon is true, and that it is the word of God, and I am grateful for having it. I know that Christ has His church organized on the earth today, that President Monson has been called of God, and I respect and admire him. I know the I know God will answer anyone else who cares enough to ask with real intent.

How I live my faith

Now that I am back from my mission, I am really missing all the opportunities to share the gospel. I really enjoyed teaching it, and now I don't have quite as many chances to share it. Before my mission it was hard to write a 7 minute talk, cause it was so long. Now it's hard for me to write a 15 minute talk, but because there is so much more I want to say, and I have to cut everything down to only 15 minutes. I enjoy watching the videos that the church posts on the MormonChannel on YouTube. I share most of them on Facebook. I am glad they are making a lot more content now. And the new Bible videos really impressed me with how well done they are.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Taylor
We believe that nobody can receive salvation, or be cleansed of their sins, "save it be through the merits, mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah" (2 Nephi 2:8 from the Book of Mormon). I think the part about grace that people tend to debate about is whether or not that removes our personal responsibility to follow Christ's teachings and commandments. Well, I believe we still have that responsibility to follow Him. We should all follow Christ, and endeavor to become that person that He was, and that He is. So, I don't live my life trying to reach the "saved" check point so that I can do what I really want to do. I live my life trying every day to be at least a little more like my Savior, and to make His will my will. Beyond thinking about what reward we will get in the next life, this life is about trying to become the kind of person we want to be in the next life. And I love my Savior. I want to be just like Him one day. That will take a long time, but that's the goal. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Taylor
Having the priesthood doesn't mean you rule. It means you serve. God has different roles planned for men and women. Each married couple becomes "one" in the home by serving in different ways. The men in the church receive the priesthood, we can administer the sacrament, we do teaching visits each month, and other responsibilities. At home they provide for the family, and they preside. (Which means they can receive inspiration to guide their family) The women in the church form the Relief Society, the largest women's organization in the world. They make monthly teaching visits, and also help feed and clothe people of need in their communities, and around the world, along with other responsibilities. At home, probably their biggest responsibility is to raise children in the gospel. They have he task of "the training of the gods." A lot of LDS mothers raise MANY children in the gospel. They make an air traffic controller's job look easy. I have seen many hard working and valiant women work very hard to serve others, and I admire and respect them. Show more Show less