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Hi I'm Hayley Taylor

I grew up in Sacramento, California. I am a Geography Global Studies major-- and I love to dance!

About Me

I go to college in Utah and am studying Geography Global Studies and minoring in International Development. I have a passion for languages and speak French. I just finished a study abroad in France to improve my language skills. I love to dance, especially ballet and contemporary. I love reading and writing and being outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been Mormon my entire life. I was born into an LDS family and was baptized at the age of 8. This doesn't mean that I never made the decision to accept the gospel; I have prayed to receive a testimony of its truthfulness. I know my savior lives and loves me. He has a plan for my life and wants me and all his children to know that he is there waiting with his arms outstretched for us to accept his gospel. I am so grateful for the gospel. There is nothing else that can bring you the joy that I have felt by being faithful to the words of the Lord.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is such a blessing and a privilege! It is an integral part of who I am. Each decision I make is based on the knowledge that I am a daughter of God and through him I can do all things. I live my faith by sharing it with others! I don't hide that I am a Mormon; I embrace it. This life is so short, I want everyone I know and love to be prepared to meet God in the next life.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Hayley Taylor
A great scripture in the Book of Mormon can help answer this question! It is in Mosiah 28:3. Missionaries back in Book of Mormon times are expressing why they want to share the gospel with everyone they come in contact with: "Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble." Missionaries proselyte because they understand the blessings that come from hearing, understanding and accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ! Every person is a child of God. He loves them just as much as He loves me. He wants them to know that his doctrine has been restored in its fullness and because I have been blessed with the opportunity to have it in my life, I must share it! We search for people that are ready to accept the message of the Restoration everywhere. We talk to them on the streets, at their doors, in stores and anywhere we can find them. We believe that God will place people who are prepared in our path. I don't want to pass by anyone because God knows that I will be there to talk to them. This is an opportunity He is giving these people to hear the gospel! The gospel is our way to exaltation and eternal life with God. I will not withhold anyone from receiving those blessings! Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Hayley Taylor
Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the greatest blessing in my life. I know why I am here on this earth! I understand my purpose! I am a daughter of God sent here to receive a body, have experiences that help me learn and grow, and accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that Heavenly Father wants me to have joy and has provided me with a way to experience that joy through following his commandments. There are so many uncertain things in this world. Everyone has a different opinion on what makes us "happy". I love the scripture in the Book of Mormon in Alma 41:10 that says "Wickedness never was happiness." God's plan is perfect; we must trust in it. We must trust that even though we go through hard things and may feel like we've reached our breaking point it is all for our benefit. Being a Mormon gives me a perspective that helps me each and every day! I love being a member of God's true church! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Hayley Taylor
2 Nephi 31:17 says: "Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; for, for this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye might know the gate by which ye should enter. For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism‍ by water; and then cometh a remission‍ of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost." Baptism is the gateway that leads to eternal life. Without making sacred covenants with God, such as baptism, we cannot enter into his presence. The first principles and ordinances of the gospel are the way that we access the Atonement of Jesus Christ and are cleansed of our sins. Baptism is necessary to starting our life new and clean. It marks the beginning of our journey back to our Heavenly home. So many blessings come from baptism including receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. After we are cleansed of our sins, we are purified by the reception of the Holy Ghost. We have it as our constant companion to lead and guide us as we remain worthy. Baptism is so important, everyone should have the opportunity to receive the blessings of baptism by the proper priesthood authority! That is why we constantly invite all men to come unto Jesus Christ and be baptized in his name! Show more Show less