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Hi I'm Taylor Clark

I`m from Utah, U.S.A, I'm a college student studying both cello performance and accounting, and I`m a Mormon.

About Me

I`m the second youngest of 5 children, with 1 older brother and 3 sisters. I grew up working together with my dad and my siblings on our farm and having adventures with my sisters in large play space we were lucky enough to have. I started playing the cello when I was 11, and now I'm playing as a cello performance major in college. I have recently felt like I should take a different direction with my life and have added an accounting degree to my music. I'm excited for my future career, and my wife LaeKin and I are even more excited to be parents someday. I enjoy camping, hiking, sports, music, video games, card and board games, all things Japanese, and I'm a Lord of the Rings and Star Wars fanatic.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to wonderful parents who love and live the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the things I learned from them and from going to church every week have helped me get through some very tough challenges in my life. I`ve made many mistakes in my life and continue to make more, but because of the Church and Jesus Christ`s teachings, my life has always continually gotten better. I know that God is always there to listen to me and help me. Two days before I entered college, I was involved in a car accident where my best friend was seriously injured. Besides some minor injuries of my own, I felt so much guilt and depression because the accident was my fault and I had hurt my best friend. But I prayed sincerely, and I felt a peaceful feeling that let me know it would be all right. Fasting for my friend and reading the Book of Mormon also helped me a lot. If it hadn't been for the things which I had learned in Church, that experience would have been truly miserable, but following the gospel as Mormons live it helped me through. Just a few years ago one of the best things I will ever experience happened. I was married to the sweetest and most wonderful girl I have ever known. I want to spend every day of the rest of my existence with her which is why I am so glad that I was able to marry her in a temple of God. Through an authorized servant of God, our marriage was sealed so that it could last even after we are both gone from this life. Losing LaeKin is the most terrifying thing I can imagine, and I'm so happy that because I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I can be with her and the rest of my family forever. I know that our Heavenly Father loves me and everyone, which is why He restored the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth through a prophet, Joseph Smith. Because of this Church, I know so much about Him and His plan for me, and I have hope for my happiness and the happiness of my family.

How I live my faith

As a student getting ready to start a family, there is a lot of uncertainty involved. I often get scared that I won't have enough money to pay for school or to take care of my family, that I'm not making the right career choices, or that life in general just might not work out for me. Because of this, I've seen how essential it is to have God's guidance. LaeKin and I study the Book of Mormon and the Bible and pray together regularly because we know that's how we can stay close to God and get help in making hard decisions. We recently prayed and fasted a lot about if and where LaeKin should apply for graduate school, and while it has still been something that has caused us a lot of stress, we feel sure that God is leading us in the best route. Every week we attend church and enjoy taking part in worshiping Jesus Christ. We get to lead the choir which prepares a special hymn every month. I particularly love the way music can touch me and have felt God's Spirit so strongly through singing, playing, and listening to music in church. It's a lot of work to choose music and lead rehearsals, but it feels wonderful to be able to play even a small part in the Church.