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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, October 05, 2008

LSAT TEST, Conference and Reunion

The LSAT Test
Saturday morning at 5:45 AM Joseph woke up and began getting ready for the first real standardized test he's taken in the last decade+ (He was in England and missed the SAT tests for university). The Law School Admission Test (see: is an amazingly difficult test. However Joseph has been preparing dilligently for months. They allowed accomodation for him so he could do the test including a proctor (photo on right) to mark his answers and monitor his use of the computer to dictate his written essay. He had to take his own computer, printer and peripheral equipment.

When he learned months ago he really couldn't do the "games" potion without drawing diagrams to help solve the problems he figured out a set up with a wrist brace and a pen in a strap on his left hand and forced himself to learn write and draw on a clipboard. Through hours of practice he was able to have the games section be the best part of his practice tests (it's one of the most difficult sections, where many fail who haven't prepared). The LSAT test was conducted at the UofU's engineering building.

It will be several weeks until the results are back but he is a peace about it. He prepared dilligently and throughly, had a father's blessing, then did his best.

EBM Mission Reunion
The whole family enjoyed the England Bristol Mission Reunion at the Taggart home on Friday night. We had 50-60 people come and everyone enjoyed visiting, renewing memories and making new friends. We always love the emails and messages on Facebook from our missionaries all over the world. We really miss those who are away and never get to make it. We have the reunion twice a year on the Friday before general conference and will until people don't want to come anymore. It is such a blessing to our whole family. It was fun to have the Taggart grandkids playing with the 'mission grandkids'.

General Conference
What a glorious general conference this weekend. The talks and music were brilliant and the spirit was amazing. Joseph attending the Sunday Afternoon Session with a great friend and really enjoyed it. One of his favorite messages from conference was from Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin's talk, he quoted a saying he often heard from his mother "Come what may and love it". There you have encapsulated in a phrase, Joseph Wirthlin's and Joseph Taggart's attitude on adversity and challenge. With faith and enthusiasm meet difficulties head-on and enjoy the ride.

I C thru U
On September 24th Joseph went to get X-rayed to see if he had a cracked bone in his hip from a fall. Everything went well and he didn't. But if transparency is good for the politicians perhaps it's could be good for the political science major.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your family's can-do attitude about everything. What an inspiration to everyone! And I'm happy there are no injuries involved in the fall.


Oct 12, 2008, 8:06:00 PM  

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