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Hi I'm Randy Taylor

I was born in Idaho's potato country, Cassia county. I love family, family history, and fishing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired City Planner. I love to fish, write, and do family history. I am a husband, a father, and a grandfather. Some of my greatest joys center around my family and extended family. I have been married for forty-seven years to a wonderful woman who is the heartbeat of our home. I love learning about my ancestors and writing personal histories. I have written many for friends and family. Some sorrows have come along but I love life; it brings me great joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; my mother and her parents and grandparents were members. My great grandparents were converted by missionaries in the British Isles and emigrated to the United States. So, I was baptized at the age of eight and have been a life-long member. My testimony of the truthfulness of this church is based on several things. I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ was lost to apostasy centuries ago after the death of Christ and his apostles. But that in modern times a prophet was called to restore that true church of Christ. That prophet was Joseph Smith. Through him God restored priesthood authority which allowed for proper administration of ordinances. The prophet Joseph was also called upon to bring forth an ancient record of people on the American continent and God's dealings with them. This record is the Book of Mormon and is another testament of Jesus Christ. I have come to know of the truthfulness of these things through prayer and fasting and through actual practice of the religion as encouraged by the New Testament Apostle John "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself" (John 7:17). So, my testimony has come through prayer and by living the principles and doctrines of this Church. I truly testify of its truthfulness! I enjoy this church because it requires something of me. It gives me opportunities to serve others. Its doctrines teach that families can be forever. I look forward to living through eternities with the people that I love.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities as a member of my LDS faith that have caused me to grow in many ways. As a youth, for instance, we were given opportunities to speak before our congregation. These talks before large groups of people over time gave me confidence in public speaking. Those same opportunities have continued as an adult. We members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are very service oriented. In fact, membership is all about service. We try to follow our Savior's example and be our brother's keeper. Of course, Mormons have no corner on this "service market" but for us it is big. In our local church units, called "Wards" we are assigned a few families to watch after and help them in their needs and problems. This is called home teaching and visiting teaching. Over the years I have worked with youth in scouting and church groups. I have fond memories of scouting and church outings in my youth. I think it is important to help the rising generation get a positive handle on life as they come up through the ranks.