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Hi I'm Taylor Ham=nsen

I am a daughter of God attending Utah State University and serving in the United States Army Reserve. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Washington. I am the youngest child of a family of five. Education has always been a big part of my life. I had a hard time in school and always felt that I was inadequate when it came to school. Still, I grew to understand that there are many ways to learn and because of this, I developed a great passion for school. I am a huge Shakespeare nut and my favorite plays are The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth. I also really enjoy music. I depended a lot on music as a kid and It helps me still today. The summer before my senior year in High school, I joined the United States Army Reserve. It has really changed my perception of the world around me and I have gained a huge respect for my country and those who put their lives on the line for their families. Right now, I am going to school and studying to become and English teacher and one day hope to eventually become a school counselor.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I never really strove to come closer to my Heavenly Father as a kid. I knew of the gospel, but I didn't really understand how it could help in my life. When I joined the military, I wanted to feel that I was an adult that could take on my own responsibilities. I have learned so much from serving, but I soon became consumed with success and proving myself to others that I never really gave God a chance to have a place in my heart and in my life. I became in some ways a little depressed because I felt that I was going about my trials alone. The moment I decided to put the gospel first in my life, the happier I became. My trials seem much lighter and much more bearable. I know that my Savior is very much a part of my life. He guides me and lifts me up in my darkest moments. I stumble and fall often, but it's different now because I know that he can pick me up and tend to my wounds. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, teaches that eventually we will return to our Father's presence. This gives me hope and joy to know that my endeavors here on earth will not go unnoticed. Family is also a big part of the gospel and I know that my family is one of the most important parts of my life. I spent a lot time trying to push aside my family, but then I realized that they will always love me and be there for me. Heavenly Father has given me a family to serve and love. I know that through the gospel of Christ, I can be with my Family for all and eternity. When I return to my Father, I know that I will be there with my family enjoying the blessings of happiness and love. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I decided a few months ago that I wanted to serve my father in Heaven. I decided to pause my contract with the military and serve a full time mission for eighteen months. I strive to live righteously each day by living up my father's expectations. I am not perfect, but I rely heavily on my Father in Heaven each day in order to gain strength. Faith has been a wonderful gift that my father has given me in my daily life. It has made me so happy to see the wonderful tender mercies he has brought to my life. I want to teach others about the gospel and invite them to hear his word. He cares a lot about each of us and I know that he cares about me specifically. Even when, I feel that I am alone in this world. As a college student, it can sometimes be scary when you feel you don't compare to others. He guides my spirit even in the darkest of times. He is the lights that feeds my empty heart when I feel discouraged. He Is my redeemer and Savior.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Taylor Ham=nsen
For women, serving a mission is not a requirement. I desire to serve the Lord because I know that this church is true. I know that there are so many people, who might be a little discouraged. I have felt discouraged and alone, but the knowledge of the truth has taught me to hope, to love, to desire after the things that will bring joy and happiness to me and the people around me. This is a decision I have pondered and asked of my Heavenly Father. Not to mention, missionary service doesn't mean that you were a badge and go around knocking on people's doors. Some of the greatest missionaries are those, who invite others to learn more about the church and what it means to live as children of God. I am very excited to serve the Lord and bear truth of the Savior and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Show more Show less