Former Utah athlete happy with decision to join Mormon church

The relationship ended long ago. But for Hilary Taylor, it served its purpose.

Because she had an irritating boyfriend who asked relentless questions about her religious beliefs, Taylor finally decided to take the missionary discussions and put this Mormon puzzle together once and for all. Spiritually, she was ready, thanks to a seed planted by a childhood friend.

Months later, she was baptized, drawing a mixed reaction from family, friends and teammates. The former Utah volleyball player has been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for more than three years now.

A seed planted

The LDS Church was nothing new to Taylor. She had been around members her whole life. She had even been to girls camp.

An only child, Taylor was raised in the Salt Lake Valley by her mother. The family attended a local Baptist congregation.

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