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Hi I'm Taylor

I'm a bassoonist. I'm a Civil Engineer. I'm a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently pursuing a doctorate's degree in Civil Engineering and work part-time as graduate research assistant to support my wife and new daughter. I enjoy playing musical instruments and love listening to a wide-variety of music.

Why I am a Mormon

No earthly thing is more important to me than my wife. I need her love and support, and can never satisfy my desire to be with her. Being the oldest of 11 children, my family has always been something that I have treasured. I couldn't imagine life with even one of them missing. Luckily for me, I haven't had to try. I was taught as I grew up that through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and by the authority of God's holy priesthood, families could be together forever. This meant to me that even after death I could be with those I loved most. I believed this with all of my heart and sought diligently to share this with others for two years as a Mormon Missionary. Upon my return home, I received news that brought me to my knees: my parents were getting divorced. After a lifetime of active service and devotion to God, it seemed that my eternal family was being torn apart. I was heartbroken. I struggled as I headed off on my own to college, and often pondered on how this could have happened to me. What more could I have done? Did I do something wrong? Would it still be possible for me to be with my family forever? I sometimes wondered if my marriage would be doomed to fail as my parents had, and this issue bore heavily on my mind. I made it a matter of fervent prayer and received the impression that my marriage would not depend on my parents' marriage, and that so long as I did my part, I would be okay. I felt an overwhelming feeling of peace, and was engulfed in my Savior's love. I understood that we have been given agency and cannot control the actions of others, but as long as my family was sealed by the authority of God and as long as I kept my covenants with the Lord, I would return to live with Him again. I know that God restored His authority on earth through the prophet Joseph Smith and that a current prophet lives today, Thomas S. Monson. I know that the only chance to be with my family forever is to be sealed by this sacred power. And that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am currently the secretary for the men's organization in my ward and enjoy helping to participate in the organization of activities and in giving service within the ward. My favorite contribution though includes my assignment to visit a couple of families within the ward monthly to make sure that they are well and happy. I love the opportunity to see them and serve them, and get to know them. I know that when we learn to love and truly concern ourselves with our neighbors, we create a better community and a safer environment. Everybody deserves love.