The Taggart Family -- Life, Family and Friends

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Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The End of the Old Blog

This blog has enjoyed nearly 5,500 visits in the last 12 months (shown above) and over 42,000 since it's creation in early 2006.

This blog Now has a New Owner:

Joseph is taking over editorial rights to his own blog. His dad has been playing editor for the last 4 1/2 years and Joseph is taking over the blog. . . after all it is in his name.

The Tim & Gloria Taggart Family Blog will continue under a new name . . .

The Tim & Gloria Taggart Family Blog

(catchy huh?)

and is now found here:

Tim & Gloria Taggart Family Blog

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Welcome June!

Summer School Continues
Joseph had a busy week with school and with his other efforts working with his immigration internship and the mental health court study. He was able to attend meetings at the Capitol as well.

While the kids were here for the weekend they finally received the little presents Tim brought home from Egypt, Jordan and Israel. Tim was happy just grabbing a few photos. Here is a link to a few more: Grandkids

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Memorial Weekend

Memorial Day
Memorial Day is celebrated on Monday in the U.S. It is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 31 in 2010). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the Civil War), it was expanded after World War I.

We honor all those of all countries who do their duty to protect and defend principles of right and look forward to a day when the last drops of blood have been shed in wars and all the sacrifice is but a memory. Imagine when all the resources that are used in combat and to fight crime and protect society from evil, hatred, and every sort of vice etc could be put to use in bettering mankind. "Come on 2nd Coming!"

Salt Lake Temple Scale Model
The interior of the Salt Lake Temple is beautifully displayed now for all to see in an incredible model on display in the South Visitor Center on Temple Square. Gloria and Tim went down on Saturday and took their grandson Ethan. It is really remarkable. Tim took a few photos. (you can see more of Tim's photos here: Salt Lake Temple Model). The announcement is here: SL Temple Model -LDS Newsroom and a really interesting article on creating the model is here: Salt Lake Temple Model Fact Sheet.

Beauty of Spring at Temple Square
While we were looking at the new exhibit we enjoyed the glorious weather and the beauty of "The Mountain of the Lord" and the surroundings on Temple Square. For more of Tim's photos see: Temple Square.

Mormon Channel News
Joseph was interviewed for the Mormon Channel last week. We don't know when it will be available, but we will post a link. It was for the program Why I Believe.

It's been since January 2010 that we updated Tim's interviews on the Mormon Channel show Into All the World. There are now 33 episodes posted. Here are the ones since we last listed them.

You can click on the Episode to go to the page with their photo and the information about their location etc. You can click on the MP3 logo to listen to the program or right-mouse-click on the MP3 logo and select "Save link As..." to save the MP3 file to your computer:

Episode 20: President Ruben Andrés Concha Leiva - Stake President in the Concepción Chile Stake Download Episode  20

Episode 21: President Karl and Sister Gunda Lee Dodge - Mission President and his wife recently returned from Bangkok, Thailand Download Episode  21

Episode 22: President Brad and Sister Debbie Farnsworth - Mission President and his wife recently returned from Madrid, Spain Download Episode  22

Episode 23: President Peter and Sister Sheena Joyce - Mission President and his wife recently returned from Ogden, Utah Download Episode  23

Episode 24: President Donald and Sister Jane Pugh - Mission President and his wife recently returned from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Download Episode  24

Episode 25: President Craig and Sister Candice Terry - Mission President and his wife recently returned from Lisbon, Portugal Download Episode  25

Episode 26: President Valentin Nunez - Stake President in the San Miguel Santiago, Chile Stake Download Episode  26

Episode 27: President Kent and Sister Joyce Seal - Mission President and his wife recently returned from Tulsa, Oklahoma Download Episode  27

Episode 28: President Norman and Sister Mary Nielson - Mission President and his wife recently returned from Taipei, Taiwan Download Episode  28

Episode 29: President Lynn and Sister Ardith Poulsen - Mission President and his wife recently returned from Olso, Norway Download Episode  29

Episode 30: President Robert and Sister Mary Ann Winegar - Mission President and his wife recently returned from Phnom Penh, Cambodia Download Episode  30

Episode 31: President Paul Woodland - Mission President recently returned from Belgium Brussels/Netherlands Mission Download Episode  31

Episode 32: President Varuzhan Poghosyan - President of the Yerevan, Armenia District Download Episode  32

Episode 33: President Lane and Sister Jennefer Steinagel - Mission President and his wife recently returned from the Ukraine Kiev Mission Download Episode  33

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Doing Well at Doing Good

Doing Good
One of the major efforts this summer for Joseph is his work with his immigration internship through the Utah Health & Human Rights Project He will be interviewing and determining whether certain refugees are good candidates for asylum. Generally speaking, candidates for asylum are victims of severe discrimination (often violent) in their home countries because of their race, gender, political views, religion, ethnicity, sexuality etc.

He has already been assigned two refugees to work with and is very excited to work with the UHHP this summer.

Boot Camp
Joseph will be starting his lawyering skills class tomorrow. It is being taught "boot camp" style. That means it is taught Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. He will be doing lots of role-play exercises, learning to interview, counsel and negotiate with clients etc.

A Good Little Fisher(wo)man
Cheyenne was featured on Channel Two news this past weekend with the photo Dad took of her the photo of the week. It took a lot of work for her to reel in the big trout at Hyrum Dam, but she did it. And you can see by the smile on her face that she is proud of her accomplishment!

The Galilee
There are few places as beautiful as the Galilee in Israel or more significant to the believing Christian. Tim posted a few of the photos from his recent Holyland trip on Facebook tonight. You can see the Places here: Places: The Galilee, Israel

And the Faces here: Galilee Faces

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Spring into Summer

School Out and Onward
Joseph finished his last final in Con Law to finish the Spring Semester. Whew! Summer schooling and various activities begin this week.

J. Reuben Clark Law Society Fellowship
Joseph was awarded the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Fellowship this past week. It is gratifying for him to know that others feel his ideas are worth rewarding. This will help with his work this summer on his feasibility study of a state-wide mental heath court system for Utah. He has a busy summer planned.

Last Jazz Game- Season Over
Thanks to some last minute free tickets Joseph and Tim were able to go to the Jazz-Laker playoff game at the Energy Solutions Arena. It was fun to be in attendance even though the result was disappointing. You can see more photos here: Jazz's Final Home Game

Spring at the COB
Friday morning it was so beautiful Tim couldn't help grabbing some photos at the Church Office Building before work. See a few more at: Spring on the COB Plaza

Spring Soccer Succum
bs to Summer
For Ethan and Cheyenne and their coach/Dad the season came to a close this week. They have so much fun and little Gavin is their best cheerleader. He can't wait to get his own shot on the field with the ball.

Joseph's best friend Matt Smith got married last week and Joseph was the best-man. Matt is Tim and Gloria's second son so it was a big deal for us all. Joseph helped organize the surprise honeymoon and Tim loved taking candid photos at the wedding. You can see more photos here: Matt & Tara's Wedding

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