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Hi I'm Kirk Taylor

I run a music studio and teach piano. I am a triathlete and 8x Ironman finisher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was young, like many little kids, I dreamt of becoming a rock star. I still dream of becoming a rock star. Probably not going to happen at this point. I do however, find great joy in music. I teach piano and have played professionally since high school. My wife and I run a performing arts studio and are surrounded by talented musicians every day. It's thrilling to play a part in a youngster's musical journey. Our dream was nearly derailed when we were first married and I left music to pursue a career as a stockbroker. After five years in a miserable job, I finally realized my calling and happiness were to be found in music. While sitting behind the stockbroker's desk for five years, I put on a considerable amount of weight. When I finally left the office to follow my real passion, I knew I needed to make a change health-wise. I made a serious commitment between myself and the Lord that I would do whatever it took to get back in shape. I started "running" three days a week. After a year I was able to finish a half-marathon. Later that year I did a marathon and a couple triathlons. I've since finished the Ironman ten times. The most important thing in my life though is my family. I love reading, playing video games, legos, swimming, hiking and biking with the kids. I love just having breakfast together! I'm so lucky to have an amazing wife and family. I'm so thankful for the daily blessings we realize together as a family through our love and faith.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church as a young, married couple. I was born into the faith and grew up attending church regularly. I became an official member of the church when I was baptized at 8. I certainly had faith at that point that I was doing what God wanted me to do. I believed that Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet, having had a miraculous experience as a youth, and that I was fortunate to know of the truth. But I was young of course and my "testimony" of the gospel was still new and small. As I started high school, our family wasn't participating as actively at church anymore. I felt that I was missing something in my life and I was very aware of the happiness that I felt when I was younger was now absent. A couple of friends from church finally persuaded me to get into seminary (early morning scripture study class for all high school age church members). I couldn't help but notice that these kids seemed truly happy and I wanted that desperately for myself. I thought, "Maybe I should try to do the things I've been taught. I'll pray more often, read the scriptures, try harder to follow the Savior's example each day." As the days and weeks went by, I began to realize a very real change in my life. I felt at peace. I felt a true joy and happiness. I realized that my prayers were heard and would be answered. I found that it was true! Those days and experiences became a turning point in my life. Eventually I thought, "If God will hear and answer my prayers, He'll hear and answer anyone." I wanted to share this amazing truth with everyone and that became my greatest desire. A few years later, I was able to serve as a full-time missionary for the church. I don't know that I've ever been happier. It was just an amazing, awesome experience to walk the dusty roads every day, sharing the gospel and finding joy in seeing others discover the truth for themselves. I'm a Mormon because I absolutely believe it's true, through spiritual experiences and daily living.

How I live my faith

Living the faith for our family begins with exactly that: our family. As a family, we read the Book of Mormon every day. We started on Jan. 1, 2009 and haven't missed a day since. Sometimes we have to read in the car on the way home from a late baseball game - thank goodness for scriptures on smart phones! We pray every day as a family, kneeling, and every child says their own prayer and then one of us will say the "family prayer." We enjoy church every Sunday. I don't think any of us mind that we're at church for three hours because Sunday is the Lord's day and what better way to "keep the Sabbath holy" than by participating in our groups and classes at church. We also fast every month. This means we go without food or water for at least two meals. We try to do 24 hours, but that can be challenging. We then donate a "fast offering" to the church to help those in need. We also tithe ten percent of our income to the church to help with the building of temples and chapels. Rarely does a week go by when we don't have some church-related activity. Our boys participate in cub scouts through their church group and my wife will get together at least monthly with the other women from church for uplifting activities. One of the things that I think makes our church great is the fact that everyone has an assignment or "calling" that they fulfill as an act of service and giving. No one is paid for their calling. These callings are extended to each member through their local bishop. I've had the blessing of serving as a seminary teacher for the last eight years. Seminary is a scripture study program for all high school age members. Our class meets every day before school for an hour. I've loved teaching seminary as I've had to dig a little deeper in the scriptures every day and share my faith with the youth. It's awesome and humbling to see their faith take root and grow. Living our faith means trying our best to do what's right every day.