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Hi I'm Taylor

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Food and laundry take up about half my life. I love to cook and bake everything from scratch and because I have four kids, that means the laundry is a never-ending, vicious cycle. I live in beautiful Hawaii with my husband and kids who are the center of my life. I thoroughly enjoy attachment parenting. I love learning, keeping up with current events, political and theological discussions, exercising, blogging, shopping, reading a good book on the beach... and this is quickly becoming a wish list for an alternate life where I'm not falling asleep unwillingly and exhausted at 8:30 pm. Let's get real here because, like I said, I have 4 kids. Truth be told, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

Lord knows I'm not perfect. I want to begin with that because one of the most precious lessons of the Church is His tender mercy. I have felt it. Because of Christ's atoning sacrifice, we are able to stand before God cleansed of our sins, have peace in this life and eternal progression in the next. The scriptures tell us that no unclean thing can enter the kingdom of God, and so because of our carnal nature, our Heavenly Father sacrificed His only begotten Son so that we might have life. I bear testimony to you that Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God, and "there is no other name under heaven by which man may be saved." Repentance is free and liberating. Good works do not save us, they prove to God that we are willing to live according to His statues and defend them. Through our works we prove whether we are driven according to the will of Satan or the will of the Lord. The Church teaches us these principles in perfect clarity and the eternal nature and potential of mankind as spirit children of God. The church is a divinely organized vessel that houses an eternal and beautiful gospel. I have always known it to be true. Even as a small child, I knew there was something set apart about the church. My testimony built from then through study and prayer, but I can still recall the unmistakable feeling of being 'born into' it. I was a fiercely independent child and had I not known this then, wild horses could not drag me to church. God knew it too. I love the Book of Mormon and I know it is the word of God along with the Bible. It contains the fulness of the gospel and written and set apart for us in these last days. Joseph Smith was a true prophet whom God restored his Church through. He was reviled, persecuted and killed for it, along with other though their testimonies live. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in these last days, with a living prophet and apostles who guide us in these last days as we look toward the coming of our Savior.

How I live my faith

My husband and I are both members of the church. He was a Catholic when we married 11 years ago and soon after converted. We are both active in church and hold callings. Right now I'm a teacher for the women's group, called Relief Society, in Church. I love to teach and learn by teaching the gospel, so I always hope my calling involves it. I do my best to teach my children the gospel and encourage my oldest to ask questions and help to form tools to gain his own testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. My motto is to teach and lead by example as is my responsibility and to always respect a child's agency in personal spiritual matters.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

The Book of Mormon teaches ‘For we labor diligently to write to persuade our children, and also our brethren to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do’. Some people confuse this to mean that we believe we can work towards our salvation. This is a common belief about us, however, Mormons do not say this, others do and it is incorrect. The Church teaches us that there is no other way to be saved but by faith on His name. My favorite scripture from the BofM: Moroni 10:32-33 'Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.' The BofM further states, 'all that we could do is repent of all our sins’ (Alma 24:11). Works cannot save us, being unclean ourselves. They prove to God here that we are willing to obey his laws if we are to abide with Him after this life. For God will never trample our agency. Show more Show less