I am so overwhelmed by the love and support so many people have for Taylor and his family. In the beginning I was hoping to raise $500 for this family. I never imagined that it would be close to $8,000 in 1 day! This website has reached 6,996 people in 24 hours! Facebook (the internet) has made it possible to reach people that don't even know Taylor or his family but are so touched by his story they want to help. I am also very touched by the many people who have donated that are not of our faith, but by the power of love are contributing. One donor said today, "Sending all my love. Wish I could do more." I told her that I understand the feeling of wishing you can do more. I then told her that she has done more than she realizes and that she is an angel. I don't want to take credit for the donations because I may have started the website but each of you are angels for the Ward family. Each of you have given them the support they so badly need and have given them more blessings than they could have ever imagined. On behalf of Taylor and the Ward family we thank each of you for your donations and especially for all your prayers.
I want to share Taylor's favorite scripture that is engraved on his missionary plaque:
"Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever."
This scripture is from the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. If you have never read The Book of Mormon, one way of honoring Elder Taylor Ward is to prayfully read it and ponder for yourself the truths within it.
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If you have read The Book of Mormon, you can honor Elder Taylor Ward by reading it again. This is President Gordon B. Hinckley's promise to all of us who read it:
"Brothers and sisters, without reservation I promise you that if you will prayerfully read the Book of Mormon, regardless of how many times you previously have read it, there will come into your hearts an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord. There will come a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to his commandments, and there will come a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God."
If you are wondering, "What is a Mormon?" "What do they believe?" This is a great website that will answer a lot of your questions: