Samuel was born in Southern California in 1983 as the fourth son of Warren and Stephanie Taylor. He had three older brothers, and one younger sister. Samuel grew up in Long Beach California. During his youth, he was active in the religious and social activities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church) and participated on the high school wrestling team.
Elisabeth was born in Colorado in 1980 as the youngest of six children of Gerhard Schwebach and Janet Peterson. She had 4 older brothers and one older sister. Elisabeth grew up in Colorado Springs. During her high school years, she was a good student and active in her LDS religious faith. She was a good student and active in many youth sports and activities. During her high school years, her favorite subjects were creative writing and journalism, where she served on the staff of her high school newspaper. She also participated on the soccer team and ran cross country.