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Hi I'm Taylor Phillips

I grew up in Idaho and Utah. I rodeo and do other sports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I absolutely love rodeo and horses and have spent most of my life, up to this point, involved in those interests. I also play basketball, football, and snowboard. I'm going to college in Utah and looking forward to serving a mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for a multitude of reasons but the one that stands out, is an experience I had when I was 13 years old. When I was 13 my parents went through a very uncivilized divorce where both sides were bitter and out to hurt and take from the other. I was devastated when I learned of the things my parents were trying to do to each other, and even more devastated when I learned they were being encouraged and aided by people in leadership positions in the ward I was living in at the time. Because of the divorce, I ,as a 13 year old boy, lost everything: my way of life, my parents example and relationship, my older brother to drugs and alcohol, my friends because I had to move, my extended family because they would take sides, my financial security, and worst of all, my faith and testimony. I didn't understand how a Heavenly Father, who i had been told loved me, could let such a terrible thing happen to me. After this experience, I no longer believed in the church, and after suffering months of emotional and mental abuse I was ready to commit suicide. But before i did i decided i would pray one last time. After my prayer I was expecting a miraculous experience but none came, so i continued with my plans to end it all. But when the moment finally came, I could not do it, some unseen force was physically stopping me, and then i noticed my scripture sitting on my dresser and I was impressed to read from them. I read for hours until i was in tears, I now understood why my Heavenly Father, who I was now convinced existed, would let me go through this terrible experience. It was because I needed it and he truly did love me. Years later looking back on those terrible months I realize I would not be half the person I am today without that experience and I am so grateful for my Heavenly Father, not only saving me from my own sorrows, but showing me why I had to experience them and showing me that it is your own relationship with Him and the savior that truly matters.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday that I am able to. I am involved in the young men programs, home-teaching assignments, service projects, other meetings in the church, and have had opportunities to teach lessons to both youth and adults on several occasions.