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Hi I'm Tayla Salvesen

I am from South Africa. I love sports, music, movies, and the gospel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am going to university, studying International Relations with a Human Rights emphasis. I am a teacher at the Missionary Training Centre. I love sports, particularly softball, basketball, and volleyball. I love following political movements, and am fascinated with WHY people do things. I love talking with people. I also LOVE good food, movies, music, and friends. My family is incredibly important to me, and I love spending time with them and teasing them. In my family, if you don't tease someone, you don't like them--so there's lots of teasing that goes around. I served a full-time mission for the LDS church in Orlando, Florida. I was hit by a car while serving my mission, and incurred a semi-permanent leg injury, and walked with a pink cane named "Rodney" for about 15 months. But I'm healing and running (hobble-running) again just love life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe it is true. It's a permanent belief, something my mind believes, but my heart knows. I can feel it so strongly that I couldn't honestly deny it ever. That's ultimately all that really matters: what God wants you to do. I have searched and studied and prayed, and I know that actively participating in His church is what He wants for me. It makes me happy. I can't express how many heartaches I've avoided by living the principles of this church. No matter how many times I make mistakes or demonstrate my imperfections, I feel the Lord's love and approval when I do everything I can to do what he wants me to do and make amends for any wrongs I've done. It blesses my life. I have never been happier than when I am fully invested in the church and its principles, and I know that as I continue to do so, my life will get better and better. Though I know trials will come, I also know I can push through them. My friend always says that if the Lord brings you to it, He will also bring you through it. And He always has. I love Him. And He loves me. I have never felt that stronger than when I listen to His prophets and do His work. I guess that question for me is more: why would I NOT be a Mormon? I believe this church is His.

How I live my faith

I do a lot in my life that revolves around living my faith. My old youth groups constantly did service for the community and members therein. We love to do service, because it helps us focus more on others and is the most amazing way to learn how to love others. I also lead a choir in my ward. I love the church music, and when we sing for our ward on the occasional Sunday, it helps me feel the love of the Lord so strongly. I also love to play "inter-ward" sports with people in my area. We play basketball and volleyball together, and it's fun to have that competitive edge, mixed with having the same values. We love doing things together. Currently, I've served as a full-time missionary for the Church in Orlando, Florida. I devoted my time and attention to spreading the good news around 24/7. It was really hard work, but I loved it and still love the people I meet every day. I try to have as many conversations about the gospel as possible.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Tayla Salvesen
The purpose in life is to be truly happy. From experience, I know that I have never been happier than when I have lived the principles of this church. I can't express how many heartaches I've avoided by simply living the principles and learning to love them. God promises us that if we live these principles, we will be blessed and truly happy. I have tried out this "deal" with God, and it has ALWAYS rang true. So, in a sense, the purpose in life is to do what Heavenly Father wants us to do, which leads to our eternal and enveloping happiness. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Tayla Salvesen
A lot of people perceive "cults" as a secretive organization that is exclusive and sometimes even regarded as evil. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a cult because we are not secretive. Moreover, we invite people EVERYWHERE to learn more about us, our religion, and to join us. Anyone who thinks "Mormonism" is a cult misunderstands the Church, and we invite them to come and learn more! If we were a cult, we'd be the weirdest cult around, since we send full-time missionaries around to tell everyone all about it--haha! Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Tayla Salvesen
We do not worship Joseph Smith. We love and revere him for his selfless sacrifice to hold true to the commandments and teachings of God in the face of unspeakable opposition, but we only worship God, the Father. The reason I love Joseph Smith so much is because I have come to know more about my Friend Jesus Christ because of Him. Coming closer to the Saviour has meant everything to me, and so I will love Joseph Smith forever for bringing me closer to Him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Tayla Salvesen
When you have something good, and there's plenty to go around, the natural inclination is to share it! The Gospel is an amazing blessing and missionaries go out around the world, leaving behind their families and plans for 18 months to two years to share this message because they KNOW it can make people happy. Sharing this message and taking steps towards being happy within the gospel brings missionaries more joy than almost anything else. It's really hard to go out in often foreign circumstances and speak to people you don't know about religion and spirituality, but they do it because they want everyone to have the opportunity to accept the happiness that it brings. Show more Show less