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Hi I'm Taylor

I grew up in Idaho. I am currently serving a mission in Halifax, Canada.

About Me

I come from a big family in Idaho, and I am currently serving a mission in Maritime Canada. I graduated from high school in 2016, and I plan to study accounting after my mission. I love to snowboard, play tennis, and hike.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ has brought peace to my life and answers to my questions. In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Moroni teaches, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if e shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost" (Moroni 10:4-5). After reading the Book of Mormon, I prayed and asked God, our Heavenly Father, if it was true or not. He answered me through the power of the Holy Ghost; I felt a powerful feeling of love and of peace, and I knew the Book of Mormon was true. Since then, I have tried to act in accordance with what I know to be true. I pray on a daily basis, and every time I feel the Lord's hand in my life. Because of this knowledge, I have tried to live the principles taught in the Book of Mormon. I have not been perfect in my efforts, and I have made many mistakes in my life along the way, and I get discouraged often. Because of this, the Atonement of Jesus Christ has been such a huge blessing in my life. Jesus Christ suffered and died for me; He felt the weight of my sins, pains, sorrows, mistakes, hardships, and everything else that causes sadness and suffering. Because of this, He is the perfect friend. When I make a mistake, when something out of my control occurs, or when I am feeling discouraged, I know that I can pray and let Him help me because He knows exactly what I am going through. Because of the perfect love Jesus has for me, I want to do my best to show that love for others by sharing this message, by serving others, and by trying to be a good example.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ has set the perfect example of how to live one's life. Although I cannot measure up to Him, I can follow His example and try to be better day by day. One way I can live my faith is to serve wholeheartedly in the Church, regardless of what my assignment is. I have served in a leadership position in my youth group. I worked hard to plan activities that the people in my group were interested in and to share my testimony of Jesus Christ with them. Currently, I play the piano every Sunday to accompany the members of the Church as they sing hymns. I do my best with each assignment given because I know that ultimately, it is Jesus Christ asking me to help others through these assignments. Outside of church, I try to reach out to those in need and serve others. Service can be something as simple as opening a door for someone to taking care of their yard. I try to serve others wherever I go because I know that's what Jesus would do. Jesus has given us commandments for our protection. As I have striven to obey His commandments (though I have not been perfect), I have noticed I am much happier and much more free than others around me. Although we all go through the struggles of life, keeping Christ's commandments makes things less difficult and more rewarding. They do not always make things easy, they usually don't, but they bring the most reward.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Taylor
Jesus Christ taught that baptism is essential for one to enter into heaven (John 3:5). Due to circumstances such as time or location, many people have not been baptized. Others were baptized without proper Priesthood authority. Because God is merciful and fair, He has given those who have not been baptized/baptized without Priesthood authority a chance to be baptized. Church members are encouraged to do genealogy work and be baptized in place of their ancestors who are in need of this ordinance. Individuals can choose to accept or decline what has been done for them; they are not forced to make one decision or the other. Show more Show less