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Hi I'm Sam Taylor

I grew up in Hull, in the North East of England. I have been called to serve in the Hong Kong Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am one of ten children and have been a member of the church all of my life. Family life is good, always loud in my house and always people around! I'm pretty close with all of my siblings and we all get on well unless somebody eats all the good food. I am the fourth eldest in my family at 18, nearly 19, years old and have just finished my last year of sixth form where i studied, Maths, Business Studies, Economics and French. I am currently preparing to serve as a missionary in the Hong Kong mission which I can't wait for! I am a big fan of Arsenal football team and have a keen interest in football and play weekly. After my mission, I hope to further my studies at university to study Maths and Economics. I grew up in a fairly large family ward of about 200 members in Hull. Generally speaking, I enjoy playing most sports, but i have never played any competitively to avoid church clashes due to many being Sunday leagues.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because i know that the gospel is true. I have studied the Book of Mormon and Know it to be the word of God. Because i know that the Book of Mormon is true, i know that there really was restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, that Joseph Smith did see God the Father and the Son, that he did translate the Book of Mormon. I know that the priesthood keys were restored to the earth under the direction of Heavenly Father and i know that we are led today by a true prophet of God, Thomas S. Monson, who holds all priesthood keys on this earth today. I know that he is the mouthpiece of God; that he governs and directs this church through divine revelation. I know that as we earnestly study the scriptures, pray to our Heavenly Father and regularly attend church meetings, that we can receive personal revelation and answers to our own prayers. I know that God knows us individually, that he hears our every sorrow, he knows our every heart ache, that he and our Saviour understand us perfectly. I know that Families can be together forever through a loving plan of happiness, depending on our obedience to the Lord's commandments. I know that Jesus Christ is my personal Saviour and that he atoned for my sins and for the sins of the world. But i know that through his infinite sacrifice and mercy we can be cleansed through the gift of Repentance as we sincerely turn to the Lord and ask for forgiveness. I know that the atonement can enable and strengthen us so that we are able to overcome the challenges that we may encounter. I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and for the teachings found within it. I know that although at times i fall short of what the Lord requires, the gospel of Jesus Christ allows me to try again, to be given another chance to progress through this life. I would not be serving a mission if i didn't know that this gospel was true, and i cannot wait to share it with those i serve.

How I live my faith

Growing up as a Mormon in England, as with a lot of places I am sure, can be difficult as i was the only Mormon in my academic year of around 350 pupils. At school, I always used to shy away from sharing the gospel with others in order to 'fit in.' But, fitting in can be difficult when you don't drink, or swear or go to parties, so people realised that i was different. Over the past sort of year or so, i have been able to share my testimony and my beliefs with friends and teachers at school when asked what i was going to do after i had finished. When i told them that i was preparing to serve as a missionary for the church, this led onto conversations about the church and what my purpose was as a missionary. For the first time I shared my beliefs with those around me at school. These experiences have allowed me to gain confidence in sharing the gospel with those around me. So other than preparing to serve in the Hong Kong Mission, i have enjoyed serving as a Stake Young Single Adult (YSA) Chairman, getting the opportunity to serve the YSA across the Hull Stake. Being called as YSA Chairman i guess was daunting, especially considering that i had only just entered into the programme myself! My calling involved organising activities both at Stake level and at regional level with YSA conventions. Some of the Stake YSA activities were pizza-making, film-watching, water-fighting, rock climbing. I also enjoy being a home teacher of 4 great families in my ward, which allows me and my brother to share a monthly gospel message with these families.