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Hi I'm Taylor

I am from Utah. I am a seminary president, a skier, and a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my wonderful life. I attend high school, and currently serve as the student body president of religious education at my school. I love watching and playing sports. I love the Utah Jazz. I like to ice skate, and play hockey. I am also into skiing. I love doing anything in the mountains as well, such as hiking, and biking. I have been called to serve as a missionary of the church in Norway.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church, but that is not the reason I have stayed. Over the years, I have progressed, and gained knowledge. I know that this is the true church on this earth today. My life has been blessed by being a faithful member of this church. I know that our prophet, Thomas S. Monson speaks the word of God. I know that Joseph Smith restored the church, and that the Book of Mormon is true. Lastly, I would like to say that I know that God loves us. Because he loves us, he sent his son to die for us, that through him, we may return to God, who is our Father in heaven.

How I live my faith

Every day, 1,100 students at my school attend seminary; a place we to to learn more about the scriptures. Every week I lead a council of 15 students that help me strengthen our student body. We give service to those who need it, and teach classes to help students catch up or learn more. I also serve as an assistant for my bishop for a youth group. We organize activities every week for them to grow closer together, and learn more about our Savior Jesus Christ. We also serve members in our meetings by blessing and distributing the sacrament every Sunday.

What is the First Vision?

Taylor
The first vision is the most important part of the restoration of the gospel. During the Second Great Awakening, a young boy named Joseph Smith was confused. He had no idea what to believe, or what to do. He read a passage in the Bible. James 1:5. it reads, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." Joseph decided that he would ask God just like the scripture said, because if anyone was lacking wisdom, it was himself. On a lovely morning, Joseph went to a grove of trees close to his home. He knelt down in prayer, and asked God which of all the churches were true? Were any of them true? If they were true, how would he know it? In answer to his humble prayer, Joseph saw God the Father, and his son Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith Wrote, "When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” Joseph was told that none of the churches were true, and to join none of them. That the priesthood authority that Christ had organized had been lost over the many years. This vision began a whole restoration of the church. You can read Joseph's word about this event and more in Joseph Smith History. Show more Show less