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Hi I'm Ashlyn Taylor

I grew up on a small farm in Kansas. I am the only LDS member in my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Ashlyn Taylor and I am 19 years old. I just completed my freshman year at Brigham Young University and am excited to be preparing to serve a mission. At Brigham Young University, I am a Pre-Communications Disorders major with a Family History minor. During the semester, I worked at the BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy on the Nauvoo Project (http://nauvoo.byu.edu). I grew up on a small farm in southeastern Kansas. We grew alfalfa and raised black angus cattle. Over the summer, I also had a job welding for a local farmer. My parents are divorced, so I would spend much of my time traveling back and forth from one house to the other. All together, I have a total of four younger brothers. One of my favorite things to do with my family is to ride dirtbikes. We even used to host a race at our house. One person traveled clear from New Zealand in order to attend the event. My other hobbies include hunting, reading, and research. In high school, I organized a team to conduct research and construct a prototype for the NASA Exploration Design Challenge. We ended up being one of the top five teams in the nation! It was an amazing experience, but not as amazing as the experiences of being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have seen the beautiful plan that the Savior has prepared. I have felt the pure love of Christ and know that this is the true church. When I was first looking into the 'Mormon' church, it was because my grandmother was a member. She used to always ask me if I wanted to go to church with her, but I always said 'no.' Feeling bad because she would do it each week, I finally agreed to let the missionaries come to the house and teach me the lessons. I did not think they would actually act on it, but they did...so then I was 'stuck' in lessons with the missionaries. Little did I know that these lessons would change my life in the best way possible. I ended up being baptized at the age of twelve and began participating in the Young Women's program. Slowly, but surely, my faith and testimony began to grow. The testimony that I have today did not come all of a sudden, but over a process of time. Through the many trials I have faced, I have been able to grow in my knowledge and faith of the gospel. I can not even imagine where I would be today had I not accepted that initial invitation to learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time. I read the scriptures, pray, and seek the Spirit each day. Each week, I attend sacrament meeting and reflect on all that my Savior has done for me. I love researching my family history and taking their names to the temple. Together, it is all the simple, small things that help me to express my pure love for the Savior. Without this basic foundation, I would not be as close as I am with the Savior. Being the only Mormon in my family and school, it has been my opportunity to express my faith and share the joy if it with others. I strive each day to serve others and be an example, just as Jesus Christ is the ultimate example to all of us.