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Hi I'm Taggart Krueger

I play football for Brigham Young University. I am currently serving a mission in the Philippines. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the friendly town of Sammamish, Washington which is located about 30 minutes outside of Seattle. While growing up I spent most of my time focused on sporting activities and friends. I played football, basketball, baseball and lacrosse growing up but dropped all sports during high school to train specifically on football. I was privileged enough to play for a fantastic high school program and had the opportunity to play football for Brigham Young University. I feel very humbled to be a part of a program here at BYU were winning and football are not even one of our top priorities. Our team puts God and our religion first, followed closely with family and serving others. It is refreshing to be a part of something bigger than myself and a program that uses its influence to help and inspire others. I feel extremely honored to be a flag bearer for the university and I try my best to emulate all that BYU and the church stands for on and off the field. More recently I have been call to serve in the Quexon City North Mission for a period of 2 years. While I have no doubt this will be difficult at times I am excited to put others before myself for the first time in my life. I hope that I can prepare myself and continue living worthy of the Lord's blessings and promptings as a missionary and representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church and was active for all my years growing up. However, this was primarily just to satisfy my parents and I really never had any sort of testimony throughout grade school. I originally had committed to play football for Utah State University and was excited for the opportunity until suddenly things started falling apart and I felt uneasy about my decision. For reasons I could not understand at the time I switched my commit to play for BYU, just 2 months before summer camp started. It later became quite clear that the reason I had been prompted to attend BYU was so that I might be surrounded by more positive influences. Even while attended BYU for the more part of freshman year I still had little belief in the church. Towards the end of freshman year things completely started unraveling in my life. I had gotten hurt and things were looking poorly for football. I realize now that circumstances in my life happened so that I might humble myself enough to search for answers. I decide right then and there that I would simply read the Book of Mormon cover to cover and at the end I would decide whether or not I would continue being Mormon. As I read the Book of Mormon I become engrossed in the stories and could not for the life of me put it down. I read the whole book in less than a week and a half which is really fast considering how slow of a reader I am! I did not even take Moroni's promise at the end of the book for me to know if it was true. Every page I read I could feel the Holy Ghost testifying more and more of the surety of the words written. Interestingly enough things in my life actually continued getting worse for about a month and yet I continued feeling happier and happier! After coming to a full knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel and the happiness I had felt in my life, I felt compelled to share that feeling with others. 6 months later here I am ready to report for a mission.

How I live my faith

I am a missionary for the church and will begin my service on October 11, 2013 serving full time for 2 years. This calling requires me to put my current path in life on hold and serve the Lord in a foreign country. While I am no doubt a little nervous at times, I am overwhelmed with the desire to serve Heavenly and share the feelings I have about his gospel. The message of the Church has touched me personally and has completely changed my life for the better. It is my hope that I can be found worthy to preach his gospel to those that are ready and willing to receive it. I am currently reading through the New Testament and studying out of preach my gospel when I can. The spirit prompts me to feel things when I need to and helps guide me in what I should be learning as I prepare for my mission. I have never been more excited for anything in my life and absolutely cannot wait to serve!