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Hi I'm Taylor

I'm from Utah, USA, I'm a tumbler, I'm addicted to travel, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student finishing an undergraduate degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management at BYU-Hawaii. I grew up in Utah as the youngest of five kids. I discovered my passion, trampoline and tumbling, around age 8. My dad often described me as the kid who "flips out." I dreamed of working for Cirque du Soleil for years, but a heart surgery and a right ACL repair took me out of my tumbling career. To cope with the injuries I moved to Hawaii to "focus on my studies" (surf). I owe everything to my parents, who have supported me no matter what decisions I've made. My siblings like to call my life a "fake reality." My dad travelled a lot for work, so the kids got to go with him from time to time. My siblings all left home by the time I was 16 years old, so I took their place when they weren't around to travel. My life feels like a collection of stories. My friends know that I will go to great lengths to make a story out of any experience. I love learning about cultures and people, and I feel myself the most when I'm abroad.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormons, so I was born into a "Mormon family." Growing up, I know I didn't value the church. It was just what we did. It wasn't until I was around 14 years old that I started wondering if this was right for me. Even at such a young age, I knew I had big life decisions to make. Traveling took me out of my comfort zone. I didn't understand the blessing that I had of being a member of this church until I saw other people in other cultures so far away from church headquarters live it. Mormons have a light in their eyes that is hard to ignore. I started studying other religions and denominations, both in school and privately. Through diligent efforts of prayer and study, I learned who God is, who I am to Him, and what He wants of me. He is my father, and Jesus Christ is His son. Jesus died and suffered beyond comprehension so that I could return to live with Him one day. I went to Jerusalem for the entire summer of 2014 in search of the Master; to walk where He walked. I am so thankful that Jesus was not there, for He is Risen! He lives and is my Savior. He is my brother and I am seeking to be like Him. I see Him in the faces of all those who serve alongside me in His church. These people have changed me for the better. I feel nothing but love for His church members, and I pray to live a life so that when others see me, they might see Him; just like what I see when I look into the faces of those around me. I didn’t need to live in Jerusalem to find that out because Mormons are people who know who they are, they know what is right, and they are faithful to it. When I see Him again, I want to know Him as He knows me.

How I live my faith

I try my best to make it through life just one day at a time. The "basics" of the Gospel are what I focus on. They are daily personal prayer, consistent scripture study, weekly church attendance, and going to the temple as much as possible. I try to live a life that Jesus Christ would approve of, and rely on prayer and communicating with God to learn what I can do to improve each day. My parents taught me to make attendance at church a priority each Sunday, no matter where I am. I've developed a love of attending church meetings (yes, all three hours) and do my best to participate in lessons. I find a lot of satisfaction in teaching the principles of the Gospel and encouraging others to live a life that Jesus would have them live. I don't care much what my role is in God's church as long as I know that I can serve Him by doing whatever it is he asks, and he usually gives me the opportunities to help in whatever way He sees fit. People often question Mormons about what is called "the Word of Wisdom." This is a dietary law we follow. No tea, tobacco, coffee, alcohol or drugs - and all things in moderation. I once explained this to a woman in a Parisian metro, and she said, "Well, those aren't necessarily good habits to have anyways, are they?" I found her answer comical, though that's not the only reason I follow this law. I know that God has commanded us to live this way, so I do. The scriptures keep me close to my Heavenly Father. I'm hooked to the feelings I have when I really search the scriptures. They inspire me to be the best version of myself. The Savior's teachings help me feel and understand just how divine His plan is for me. Drawing close to Him and forcing myself to emulate His life have brought me lasting happiness and peace.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mormon's believe that the Bible is the indeed the word of God. I believe that it is the word of God! I try to study the Bible everyday. The Old Testament is a witness of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the world. The New Testament is a testimony of Jesus Christ's earthly ministry, and the works of His apostles and missionaries after His death. The Bible was originally ancient writings or oral traditions that were collected or composed after the death of the Savior. Throughout the centuries since then, men have attempted to translate the Bible - all in good efforts to share the word of God. Not everyone can understand the languages of the Ancient Near East! However, mistakes were made, passages were removed or changed, and the entirety of the Gospel (everything necessary for men to know what they must do to achieve salvation) was lost. This is why Mormon's believe that the Bible is the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. Show more Show less