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Hi I'm Taysom

I'm a thinker. I love learning and progressing. I love being me, though sometimes I need reminding. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My dad lovingly refers to me as the first pancake. You know how the first pancakes always turn out a little weird because the griddle is still heating up so it turns out splattered instead of golden brown? Well, that's me :) I am the oldest of four children and have been blessed with the most amazing family. I am currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its a wonderful experience. I've been told that my mission will include many of my highest highs and my lowest lows and I definitely feel like that will be true. Going on a mission is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Or rather enduring my mission is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. But it is also one of the best decisions of my life and I do not nor will I ever regret serving with all of my heart, might, mind, and soul. Now I just need to get to that point. :)

Why I am a Mormon

A few months before I was to be baptized I remember worrying that I couldn't be baptized because I didn't yet know if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. I relayed my thoughts to my parents who agreed to help me prepare for baptism by helping me find my answer. For about 3 months my parents, family, and I fasted and prayed that I would be able to recognize my answer. It was discouraging. Though I went to church weekly, did my best to keep the commandments and listened to my parents' wonderful lessons I just wasn't recognizing an answer to my question: Is this church true? It came down to the Sunday before my baptism and I still hadn't gotten an answer. My mom convinced me to go to my baptismal interview with the bishop anyway, in case I received my answer later that week. I went... And that is one of the best decisions I ever made. I went to that interview concerned and with doubt, but as I sat there and talked with my Bishop I felt the Spirit bear witness to me that the church was true. I still know today that the Church of Jesus Christ is the only true church upon the Earth. It has the tools I need to be able to return to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior and Redeemer, amen.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by helping those around me feel of our Heavenly Father's love for them. I am not perfect so sometimes this doesn't always work, but I want people to know that someone cares for them. When I was growing up I had a hard time making friends and often felt left out and unloved. I came home many days crying because I was so upset by what I thought I lacked. I'm grateful for those days I spent feeling alone because now when I see someone by them selves I better know how to help them be included and feel loved. That is something I strive for, to be the friend to those who feel alone. Someone told me the other day how much they appreciated me for being so inclusive, and that is one of the greatest compliments I have ever received. I also strive to live my faith by encouraging others to do what is right and good. There is a difference between inviting and forcing people to be good. I'm striving to find that line. I still have days where I feel alone and unloved, but because of the gospel of Jesus Christ I know that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me. I know that I have an Elder Brother who died for me, was resurrected that I may live again. He atoned for and took upon Himself not only my sins, but also my pains, my sicknesses, my loneliness, my heart breaks, my losses, my mistakes and my transgressions. And I live my faith by helping people to understand that they also have a loving Heavenly Father and that Jesus Christ loves them too.