I have a very full and beautiful life. I was born Sept. 6, 1967 to a happy home in Beaver Dam, UT. As the youngest of 6 children, I had an INTERESTING childhood!
We were raised next to a barn that had kittens on occasion, horses in the stalls, and sheep in the pens. They weren’t OUR kittens, horses, barn, or sheep- but that didn’t stop us from exploring and enjoying it on occasion. Our family dog would sometimes chase the sheep, making him (actually probably a fixed her, but to us kids, we thought it was a boy dog) very unpopular to the neighbors.
This is my family about 1980. I am in the back row, 2nd from the left. My parents of course, are in the front row in front of me, and all my brothers and my beautiful sister surround us. My dad (George Russell Johnson) built the fireplace we are in front of, including gathering up the rocks from canyons. He also built the room we are in and the book cases behind us. He was a shop teacher and did a lot of carpentry just for fun.
My mother, Marilyn Clark Johnson, was extremely bright as a kid. She learned to play the piano late (age 12), but progressed quite quickly and became an amazing pianist by the time she was 19 years old. Her dream was to play the piano around the world. But she chose to have a bigger dream- marry and have a family!
However, her first dream she held onto vicariously. None of my 4 brothers or 1 sister were particularly amenable to becoming the pianist she had dreamed of being. I’m pretty sure I didn’t either- except that I had more of an interest and aptitude than the rest.
We were raised without television because by the time I came along, my parents had discovered that there was less contention without it. So I was B O R E D. A lot! Especially when my family all went to school. And it was just me and my mom. And she liked to read and listen to the radio and to vacuum and make jello. I craved something more.
I learned to read VERY early (by age 4 I could read fluently). I LOVED the travelling library, the WONDERFUL BOOKMOBILE. (We did occasionally travel to the Logan Library, but not regularly. At least not until my dad bought real estate in Logan and worked all summer fixing up the apartments. Then we practically lived there and at the community swimming pool.) I would get a huge stack of books, read them all, and then yearn for the next few weeks to fly by so I could get some more! That was my television.
Also, my mom somewhat slyly asked if I wanted to learn to play the piano! So I said yes! And then I was a slave to the piano for a long time! I progressed quite quickly, as she practiced with me every single day. Eventually, I began taking from university professors, and that became a huge aspect of my life.
Another huge influence was my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was always faithful along with my family. I became the organist in my early teens, and often played for the primary and other organizations.
Eventually, I grew up. I was able to stack up some wonderful accomplishments! I also made mistakes. I had a few friends that were wonderful, and some that weren’t. I sang in the choir under Mr. Carl Ashby. That was a wonderful influence in my life. I was in a few plays in high school. I dated a little. Eventually I graduated from Bear River High School, and went on to USU. This was a whirlwind of crazy effort. I graduated in 3 years. I had half a brain left!! Then I attended BYU beginning a Master’s program in piano performance, served an 18 month mission for my church, and returned to complete the program.
I met my husband to be on a blind date. Super long story. But love prevailed and we were married 8 months later.
We were eventually blessed with 4 children. Two girls and two boys (currently aged 23 to 6). All genuine miracles. I had a hard time conceiving, bearing, and delivering my kids- but they were worth all the trouble! (Now I am even a grandmother, and that is super awesome!)
I’ve also been blessed with some incredible friendships that have made my life filled with joy and given me great purpose. And taught me great sacrifice.
My family and friends have given me the most beautiful life imaginable.
And it will never end! I believe that God meant relationships to be of eternal consequence, not just a fleeting pass on earth. When Jesus told Peter that whatever he sealed on earth would be sealed in heaven, this included family relationships. Click here to read more about Celestial or Eternal marriage.
This is the Holy Temple where I was married to Paul over 25 years ago in Logan, UT. Our marriage was solemnized by a temple sealer. His name was President George C. Ficklin. (Prior to his temple work, he had been a medical doctor. Coincidentally, he delivered me to my mother as a baby. . . and then 24 years later, he delivered me into my husband’s care.)
Below is my family at my 2nd daughter’s wedding. (Both were married last summer. Very exciting! And Expensive!) Left to right, my oldest daughter, Christa Liana (Meisman), my husband Paul Gideon Taylor ( This is Paul’s business website), my daughter Aria Kaimi (Lichtenstein), her husband Dan Lichtenstein, me, my son Joshua Paul Taylor, and the little guy in front is our caboose, Truman Coulson Taylor. (Named after Truman O. Angell, architect of the famous temple in Salt Lake City, who is my direct ancestor.)