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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, August 31, 2008

Uni, Andy and Life at Full Pace

Joseph started his last semester at the University of Utah this week. His classes, in addition to LSAT Prep, include World Religion and International Politics (an upper division Politicals Science Class) and Brazilian Literature and Culture(and upper division Portuguese Class). He also has a Comparative World Religions class at the Institute. He is set to take his LSAT tests the first Saturday of October (during Morning Session of General Conference --sigh!). His preparations are in full swing along with all the other current work. He takes at least 2 full timed practice tests each week now. He's getting better, but it is amazingly tough.

You all met Andy from Qingdao through the blog in May and June. Having obtained his visa (a miracle. . . literally) he is living in with a great man, Mark Turley in Vancover, Washington He is attending a local college and preparing for BYU in the future. This weekend Mark brought him to Provo to the BYU football game. This morning Joseph, Gloria and Tim met Andy and Mark at the Conference Center at the Music and The Spoken Word broadcast. What a joy to see him again, and for Gloria, to get to meet him.

Andy is a very wonderful man and a true brother. He has such a great sense of humor, a bright and engaging personality and a very special spirit about him. He has been taking the missionary lessons and has asked to be baptised next Saturday. He can't quit talking about how Joseph is such a great man, a good friend, and has had a powerful impact on him. The feeling is mutual for the rest of us about Andy. He and Bro. Turley are driving back through Yellowstone and the Tetons etc. He is drinking in America in deep drafts.

The Taggarts enjoyed a few minutes on the top of the Conference Center to complete their Sabbath morning adventure.

Life at Full Pace
Joseph's friend Lisa Aldridge left last Saturday and Sophie DeSilva left yesterday. We'll miss them (and their wondeful accents). Now that the downstairs no longer has guests, Dad is back at work finishing up repairs on the basement. Friday evening Tim and Gloria had a get together with all the AV Language Production staff for Richard and Vera Merrell who recently returned from serving in the Wasington Tacoma Mission. It was great to see Diane Doane and her husband who retired a while back as well. Tim is having withdrawals since his computer is having brain surgery this weekend. It promises to be reborn in a couple of days with increased intelligence. We can all look forward to the same in a more future day.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How exciting that you got to see your friend Andy again -- for both of you. What a blessing in his life to be able to visit this continent and have these great experiences!


Sep 1, 2008, 6:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Joe, it's Mitzi from Qingdao. This is the first time I have been able to get to your blog. It's wonderful! I'm so jealous you guys went to the Olympics. They made me miss China and the great people that I met there. I hope you and Matt are doing well. Know that my mom and I miss you guys (even though we did get terrorized by the dog head). I'll try to check in with you more often.

Sep 5, 2008, 6:40:00 PM  

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