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Hi I'm Alisa Cozzens

I'm a Mormon, director of a non-profit, flight attendant, wife, mom and grandma.

About Me

I was born in the United States, but as a young teenager was transplanted to South Africa where I developed a love of the beautiful land and many fascinating cultures. I have spent most of my life since then working with family and friends to serve the people living in the area of Magareng, South Africa, near our family farm. This service resulted in the creation of a non-profit that has expanded to serve needy communities throughout the world. Needing the ability to travel to these communities, I became a flight attendant. This enables me to travel throughout the world to visit our projects and work with our many volunteers. I juggle this with spending time with my husband, four children and their spouses and 5 grandchildren. I also serve in the LDS church Relief Society, the oldest women's organization in the world, where I have learned that "Charity Never Faileth".

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born a Mormon, fairly early in life I had to make my own choice to attend church and live the principles of the Gospel. When living in South Africa, my brother and I were the only Mormon kids within at least a 200 mile radius. We attended boarding school, so we didn't even have our family to support us. But it was clear to me even as a small child, that I felt the happiest, and the most at peace when I attended church, lived the commandments. Church was where I wanted to be. As I grew older I continued to gain a greater realization that all good things in my life came as a result of my membership in the church, my obedience to my Heavenly Father and my gratitude to my Savior. Being a Mormon brings me peace and happiness, an eternal family, friends, skills, knowlege and understanding. I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the Relief Society President in my ward in Reston, Virginia. The Relief Society is a worldwide organization of women in the church, with a local "chapters" associated with each congregation. I am blessed to work with almost 200 amazing women in my community, who range in age from 18 to 80, and are from very diverse, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. We have a bond of sisterhood that has been developed through working together to provide service to the community and by providing service one on one to each other. We teach each other the Gospel, how to be better family members, and we share our individual skills with each other. We are examples to each other in so many different ways. I am so grateful to work with these wonderful women in the Gospel.