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Hi I'm Taylor

I am a cellist. I love playing sports, listening to music, and being with my older sister.

About Me

I grew up in a large family with great siblings. I was the fourth out of six children, and although I sometimes felt like I was lost in the middle of everyone else, I always knew I was loved and that I was never forgotten. I grew up playing many different sports and always tried to match up to my older brothers, but that never made me very happy, because I was a competitive little kid and hated to lose. When I started elementary school, I also decided to start playing the cello. The thing I love about music is that no matter how bad or good you are, it always brings happiness and joy to yourself and the people around you. I loved being an individual musician, one who might not have been "as good" as my older siblings, but my playing style was different, so I never had to compare myself to them. Music has carried me through most of my life, and although I'm not planning on majoring in music in college, it will always be a huge part of my life and something I can carry with me to wherever I go in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church, but that doesn't mean that I didn't have to convert to the gospel. When you are a little kid, you can sort of just follow your parents, and live off of their testimonies, but after a while that isn't enough. You have to come to know for yourself that it's true, otherwise there's no point in going to church and living the standards anymore. I guess most of my testimony has come gradually, it's something that has come as I've read my scriptures daily and prayed. There have been some experiences that have cemented my testimony, but mostly it has just been something that has grown as I've lived the gospel standards every day. I continue to come to church and to live the standards because I have come to know that it is true. When you go to church and partake of the sacrament, or you go to the temple, or when you have the opportunity to bear your testimony, there is an indescribable feeling of peace and joy. I never feel more like I am loved or that I belong than when I am bearing my testimony of Christ and letting people know that I know that He is my Savior. I know that He lives, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is His church on the earth today. I actually just graduated from High School and I am old enough to go on a mission. I'm going on a mission to share what I know because I know the peace and joy I feel is something that everyone can feel if they are willing to come to Christ. The Church is amazing, and being a member has brought me more joy than anything else in my life. It can do the same for you.

How I live my faith

High School can be rough. There are all kinds of different kids shoved into the same building and told that they need to perform in a certain way. Kids come from all different backgrounds and areas, and there are all kinds of pressures from your peers, teachers, parents, and siblings. It's easy to lose yourself in the crowd. So I guess the biggest way that I've lived my faith hasn't really been church responsibilities (although I've had plenty), or teaching my non-member friends the gospel, or most of what I used to think of as "living my faith". The biggest way I've lived my faith is just being there for the people around me. I was really blessed in that the pressures from school and friends and such didn't affect me. I didn't worry about other people's opinions, I didn't have drug, alcohol, or tobacco problems, I didn't have problems with a girlfriend because I didn't steady date. While a lot of people around me seemed to be getting thrown and tossed around, I was grounded in the standards and gospel I had been raised with, and because I was grounded and wasn't getting kicked around I was able to be there for the people around me. I was always there for my friends. Always. If someone needed to someone to talk to, or to ask about something that was worrying them, or if they ever had any problem, I was always there for them. I didn't go through all that they did, I didn't have the same troubles in my life, but I could always reassure them that there was someone that did. Christ suffered for all of us, and He knows exactly what they were going through. I could always reassure them that just like I was there for them, Christ would be also.