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Hi I'm Taylor

I play soccer and basketball. I love being active! I enjoy learning new things, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 20 years old and I am 6'4" tall. I love to be active and stay on the move. This usually includes anything that is outdoors or that includes sports. My favorites are soccer and basketball, both of which I have played since I was a little kid. Actually, my first word was "Ball!" :D I have just recently gotten into mountain biking and absolutely love it! It is such a thrill! I of course though, am down for playing any sport in a friendly match with those that I'm around. I am currently serving a 2 year mission in the church in the Kentucky Louisville Mission, which covers Northern Kentucky and Southern Indiana. When I return home to Utah I plan to get back into school to get my degree in Astronautical Engineering (I want to be a Rocket Scientist :P). It combines two things that I really enjoy and just fascinate me. Math and the application of math in the real world. And then outer space/space flight/the math that applies to that. I come from just a small family of 4. Mom, Dad, and a sister. We are all kinda ridiculous and enjoy being our own unique selves. I love them all and really appreciate family morals and values that I will continue when I have a family of my own.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it is the only church with the fulness of Jesus Christ's Gospel taught within. This is a bold claim, but I know it is true because of the answers that I receive from God when I pray about it. While it is true that I grew up in the church, I know for myself, that this is the true church. Not because others told me it was, or because my parents are members, but because I have simply knelt down before my Father in Heaven & asked him what he would have me do. Up until my late teenage life I had relied on the testimony of my parents of the church. It wasn't until high school that I really started to question what I was doing or what I was learning. I started to think more on the scientific side, than on the spiritual side and actually doubted that God even existed. I thought that science had more answers. But in reality, it turned out that I had just not put in my effort to know if God was there or if His truths were within this church. For most of my life I had effortlessly prayed and it brought no "peace" or "warmth" that everyone talked about. It wasn't until I realized that I needed put in my own effort to know if it was true that I had truly prayed in my life. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we encourage all to question and learn for themselves and then to "ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true;" and the promise given to us is: "if ye 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 10:3-5) That promise is within the Book of Mormon. Everything that we claim about the truth, stands or falls with the truthfulness of that book. So that's what I did. I simply read the Book of Mormon and asked God if it was true. I am a member of this church today because He has answered me and told me that it is His church.

How I live my faith

Currently I am serving a 2 year mission. This means that I have put all of my personal wants and desires for my life on hold and am devoting 2 full years solely to serving my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father, to share their Gospel with all who will hear. As a missionary, we spend all our hours of the day, all of our days of the week, out and about trying to share the wonderful and unique message that we have. We try to talk to anyone and everyone that will hear us out and allow us to share with them the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that, after being lost for a time, was restored to the earth by the Prophet Joseph Smith. Everything that we need or want to know about God and Jesus Christ and their plan for us can be answered through the fulness of the Gospel. God does not want to leave us in the dark, nor does he want us to be confused. He has always been a God of order, so He has restored His church, with all of His Gospel in one place, back to the earth in our time. I love being a missionary and being able to go out and share this and many other glorious truths that come from it with any and all! We strive to be as much like Jesus Christ as we can. We study the scriptures everyday, pray and converse with God everyday, and we try to give service to anyone who will allow us to. We try to follow God's will and ask Him what He would have us do and who He would have us be, so that we can please Him and eventually be able to return to live in His presence. The best part is that we are providing this same opportunity to others as well. We invite all to come unto Christ, to develop a strong relationship with God, and to follow his ways so that they can enter into the Kingdom of God and know exactly how God wants them to get there. It brings unbelievable, indescribable joy to my heart, to see others put aside what the world says and do all that they can to please God. I have never been so happy!

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Taylor
Most missionaries work hard before they serve to earn enough to pay for the whole thing themselves. Others receive help from family members and friends who are willing to help out if they don't earn enough and/or want to help out. I am lucky enough to have parents who were willing to pay for it for me, but nonetheless the money was still provided by someone other than the church. We do give the money to the church, but it is only so that we don't have to worry about managing our finances while we are serving our missions. We give the money to the church and then church leaders organize and distribute the money to the different expenses we come across (housing, transportation, food, etc.). This way we can fully devote our whole heart and mind to serving the Lord Jesus Christ and sharing His gospel. Show more Show less