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Hi I'm Taylor

I grew up in Florida. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm nineteen years old, and I enjoyed playing soccer each Friday with my family and friends. I used to be a part of the tennis team for my school. I also enjoy reading, I mostly read fantasy and mystery books. Rock climbing, hockey, football, ultimate Frisbee, swimming, and chess are a few more of my hobbies. I am currently serving in the California Long beach mission. I have been out for approximately a year now and am loving every minute!

Why I am a Mormon

Put simply: I am a Mormon because the Gospel is true. It is the only way to be happy even amidst hard times. Of course, I didn't always know this as well as I do now. I grew up in the church and never really doubted too much, although I did always have questions. I searched for these answers the way anyone would and that was through reasoning and logic. This worked well enough although I learned a very valuable lesson: Reasoning and logic can only get you so far, but if your rely on worldly evidence, then when new so called "evidences" are brought forth you have to question it. There is no way to be 100% certain of anything. Eventually, I got tired of always reevaluating my belief when a question that I couldn't answer was brought up. This is when I finally decided to do what every member or nonmember is encouraged to do and that is study the Gospel that we teach and then ask God if it is true. My answer was that it was true. This didn't come as some voice from Heaven or a miraculous visitation. It was simply a peace and joy along with a thought that this is true. Everything just clicked and now when people bash what I believe or say that I am deluded, I don't have to reevaluate my belief, because there is not a doubt in my mind. This message is true. The thing about truth is that it endures no matter what is thrown at it. I love this Gospel.

How I live my faith

Since I am serving a mission, part of the way that I live my faith is by sharing the Gospel with people. I also strive to keep the commandments even the small ones like prayer and scripture study. One thing that I have been trying to do on my mission is to make these moments more meaningful by actually putting thought into my prayers and actually studying the scriptures instead of just reading. Also, an important way that I have been living my faith is by keeping the Sabbath day Holy. One way that I have been doing this is by trying to make my Sundays different then the rest of the week. As a missionary we do the same things on Sundays as we do other days of the week, so one thing that I try to do is just listen to hymns and also to study about Christ's life. So far, it seems to be helping my feel closer to God.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Baptisms for the dead stems from two major points: 1. We believe that baptism is a necessary step in order to enter into the kingdom of God. 2. We believe that God loves us. We believe that baptism is necessary due largely because of what is written in the Bible. When Jesus is talking to Nicodemus he tells him that we must "be born of water and of the Spirit" (John 3:5) or we cannot enter into God's kingdom. Also, in Christ's own life he was baptized in order to "fulfil all righteousness" (Matthew 3:15). Christ also commands the disciples to teach and baptize all nations in Matthew 28:19. The finally in Luke 7:30, Jesus states that the pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God by not being baptized of John. Thus, if baptism is necessary, then what happens to those who don't have a chance to be baptized? This is where baptisms from the dead come in. When someone is baptized for the dead, they do not baptize a dead body. Instead, members of the church are baptized in behalf of someone who has already passed on. This doesn't mean that the deceased individual is automatically a member of the church. It means that now those deceased persons have the choice to either accept or reject the baptism that was done in their behalf. this is all centered on God's love for us. A loving God wouldn't give a commandment necessary for Salvation and then not give everybody the opportunity to accomplish it. (refer to 1 Corinthians 15:29 to see where Paul talks about this) Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

We have twelve apostles today, because we believe that this is the organization that God has established for His church. This is evident from Christ's own life as He calls and empowers 12 apostles (Matthew 10:1-5). Then after Christ ascends into Heaven leaving His apostles to carry on in the work, one of the first things that they do is call a new apostle to replace Judas. This apostle was Matthias (Acts 1:26). If God didn't want this group or quorum of the twelve to continue, then it seems strange that the apostles would call someone to replace Judas. Also, Paul, who is the writer of a large amount of the New Testament, also was called as an apostle as evident by his title of Paul the Apostle. This is the organization that Christ's church is founded on (Ephesians 2:19-20) and without it, then the church can't stand. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Polygamy is not a new concept. Many of the great Patriarchs in the Bible practiced it. Abraham (Genesis 16:1-3; Genesis 25:1), Jacob/Israel (Genesis 29:21-28; Genesis 30:4-9,26), and David (2 Samuel 2:1-2; 2 Samuel 5:13; 2 Samuel 12:7-8) were some of those that practiced plural marriage. In fact, in the case of David, it specifically mentions that the Lord gave him wives (2 Samuel 12:8). Thus, the Lord sometimes commands plural marriage to be practiced. The Lord gives further explanation in the Book of Mormon. The Lord tells the Prophet Jacob in the Book of Mormon that no man should have more than one wife, unless the Lord commands it and the Lord only commands it if he wants to raise up righteous seed unto Himself (Jacob 2:27-30). This was the case in the time of Joseph Smith. He was commanded by the Lord to practice Polygamy and also were some of his very close associates. The Lord knew that the church was just starting up again and wanted to raise up righteous seed unto himself. Of course the church leaders regulated this practice, because individuals entering into it had to be authorized by the Lord to do so. Eventually the Lord commanded the Prophet Wilford Woodruff, in 1890, that the church leaders should cease teaching this doctrine. The Lord no longer needed this practice, the church was growing like never before. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

To understand about "eternal life" we must first clarify that there is a difference between this and immortality which is living forever. In Daniel 12:2, Daniel tells us that some of those that live again will inherit "everlasting life" and some will inherit "everlasting contempt." Thus, "eternal life" must be different then just living forever, because there will be some who live forever in "everlasting contempt." Another necessary step in understanding about "eternal life" is to understand the requirements for it. The scriptures teach us that we must have faith (John 3:15), repent (Luke 13:3), be baptized of water or born of water (John 3:5), receive the gift of the Holy Ghost or born of the Spirit (John 3:5), and endure to the end (Matthew 24:13). Now the greatest part that most people wish to know about "eternal life" is what it will be like. Unfortunately the scriptures don't tell us much, but what they do tell us is amazing. We know that there will be no sorrows (Revelations 21:4). We also know that we will have the most joy imaginable which only comes from being in God's presence (Psalms 16:11). One of my favorite passages in the bible is John 17:3, because it tells us that life eternal is knowing God and Jesus Christ. One of the definitions of know is to be familiar with or acquainted with. Also, we know that we will be like God and an heir to everything (1 John 3:2; Revelation 21:7; Romans 8:17 and Galatians 4:7). We believe families will be together forever. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I definitely believe that there is a prophet like Moses alive today. We know that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and because He and the Father are one (John 10:30). Thus Heavenly Father must be the same yesterday, today and forever as well. This is why it makes sense that there is a prophet alive today. This is the pattern that we see throughout history. Noah, Abraham, Moses (Acts 7:17), Samuel (1 Samuel 3), Nathan (2 Samuel 7:2), Elijah (1 Kings 18:22), Isaiah (2 Kings 19:2), and Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:5) are just some of the prophets in the Old Testament. Then in the New Testament Jesus Christ is described as a prophet (Acts 7:17), although He was even more than just this. Although God being the same yesterday, today and forever is a huge part of why we have a prophet today, it isn't the full reason. We have a prophet today, because God loves us and knows that we need one. To illustrate this we can use Moses as the example. He led the Israelites out of captivity and into a promised land. Today a prophet leads us from the captivity of sin, misinformation, and confusion to a happier and more joyous life. Moses taught the Israelites correct principles and corrected them when they went astray. Today a prophet teaches us correct principles and corrects us when we go astray. Anybody that thinks the world doesn't needs correcting must only look around to realize the need. Just like Moses a living prophet helps us deal with trials. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Mormons are asked to donate 10% of their income to the Church, because we believe that it is a commandment from God. This commandment is called Tithing. Tithe means tenth, or a tenth part that is paid or given usually with regards to a church. This commandment is mentioned all throughout the Bible. In Hebrews 7:1-2 and Genesis 14:18-20, we are told that Abraham paid tithing to Melchizedek. In Genesis 28:22, we are told that Jacob promises to give the Lord a tenth. The Law of Tithing is also mentioned in Leviticus 27:30-33, Matthew 23:23 and 2 Chronicles 31:5. As with all commandments, the Lord expects us to pay this. His promise to us is that as we pay it, He will open up the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it (Malachi 3:8-10). The Law of Tithing and many other commandments go back to that first and greatest commandment of loving God. As we pay tithing, we are showing God that we love Him more than all of our possessions. The neatest part of tithing is that God doesn't need the funds for His benefit, but instead for the benefit of His children. It is the source of the revenue for many of the Church's operations involving missionary work, welfare, building and maintaining churches/temples, and just the various activities of the church. It is not used to pay the Bishop, or any other church calling/position. Those in various callings or positions volunteer their time and efforts. God always acts for our benefit. Show more Show less