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Hi I'm Taylor C. Hartley

I'm a criminal defense attorney and a sincere convert to The Church and Gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Before practicing law as a criminal defense attorney, I worked as a judicial law clerk with a local district court judge. I first studied the law in San Diego, California. After I graduated from law school, I married my late wife, Jamie. I had met her almost five years previously while I was studying psychology at Brigham Young University, Provo. She and I founded a non-profit organization to help people with a certain skin disorder become more self-reliant. One of my favorite experiences was a study abroad in Jerusalem. There, I got to study in depth about Judaism, Islam, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Old and New Testaments, Hebrew, and other fascinating courses. I've always loved studying religion. Another favorite experience I had was serving a mission for the Lord among the Korean people in Seoul, South Korea. While there, I received the assignment to learn Korean Sign Language and teach Korean people who were deaf about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I absolutely loved it! From elementary school to high school, even though I was a baptized Mormon, I struggled to find out for myself whether this Church is in fact Christ's own Church that He would attend if He were here walking visibly among us. After a seven year journey, going first from a more atheist perspective, then to agnostic, then to basic Christian, and then to a Book of Mormon believing Christian, I came to know with knowledge from God that this Church is Christ's.

Why I am a Mormon

I first wanted to know whether God was even real. I couldn't say He/It was or was not. I simply had no evidence or assurance other than the claims others have made. As I studied The Book of Mormon, I expected to receive some sort of proof if it was His book. After three months of reading it, I was in the second to last chapter reading about what God considers most precious when I experienced a sensation that I could not reasonably attribute to simply my mind or my body. It was amazing. I gained knowledge that a Supreme Being exists. I continued to want to know more. At this point, I had more of an Agnostic view toward God, not knowing for sure whether the Supreme Being was anything more than just real. As I studied more, I received direct revelation from God through the scriptures. The circumstances surrounding it were more objective than subjective. I learned that God also cared about how we lived. Through another sacred experience, I learned directly that Jesus Christ is our Savior, Protector, and God. This made me have more of a basic Christian perspective. Then, by a genuine miracle, I learned that The Book of Mormon is His word--His voice is in that Book of scripture. This turned me into a Book of Mormon believing Christian. At the end of this seven year journey, the last of these foundational witnesses, as I call them, came when, during a church-related meeting, God witnessed powerfully with piercing force to my spirit that this Church is actually true.

How I live my faith

In the community, I've volunteered as the Advocacy Committee Chair of the United Nations Association of Utah. I enjoy sharing my views on how we should collectively best act towards one another in society. I rely on Christ's teachings in scripture and from modern-day prophets for guidance in these areas. I seek virtue in other sources of information, too. At church, I've served as a member of our congregation's leadership, in the bishopric of our ward. Most of my responsibilities in the past and currently have been as a ward missionary, Gospel Doctrine instructor, or other teaching-related calling. While I studied at BYU, I got a job to teach at the Missionary Training Center. I taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to missionaries coming from other countries. In addition to English, I also taught them the Gospel and what they would be teaching as missionaries in the United States. When in high school, I loved volunteering at the hospital during the summers. My favorite area was the emergency room. I found out about such opportunities from my participation in the Boy Scouts. After high school, my first job was with LDS Social Services, helping children with behavior disorders through recreational therapy and constructive social activities. Even though I'm a widower, I'm now happily remarried to a wonderful daughter of God, Julianne, and looking forward to serving the Lord even more through raising children in a Christ-centered family. These are all ways I try to live my faith.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Taylor C. Hartley
One of the unique understandings we have about grace is that it is so much more powerful than traditional conceptions of grace. We firmly believe that Christ's aspiration for us is to become "one" with Him in the very same way that He is "one" with the Father (John 17:20-23). We also firmly believe that Christ has the power to purify us and enable us to become one with Him and the Father. It's a gift the Father wants to freely give us, as well: "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him [Jesus] up for us all, how shall he [the Father] not with him [Jesus] also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32). That's the awesome power of His grace--we become one with God, receiving all that the Father has, just as His Son Jesus Christ did. Some people mistakenly think that because we place so much emphasis on doing good (Acts 10:38--"God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all" and "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you," John 15:12), or doing good works, that this means we believe we can earn our way into heaven without Christ's grace. What we believe is well-stated in this scripture: "we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). All we can do can't save us--grace does. We can accept or reject that grace. After doing all that we can do, we adequately show our acceptance of Christ's gift of grace. Then, He saves and exalts us. Show more Show less