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Hi I'm Taylor Kozak

I'm a husband, I'm a student, I'm a California boy, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I are up in Idaho for college. Definitely missing the California sunshine though. We were born in Los Angeles, and got to know each other in high school at sporting events and dances. After 3 years of dating, and even trying out the long-distance for a while, we were married in 2014. I'm studying Communications, in the hopes of becoming a teacher. And she is majoring in Journalism, and wants to start a magazine which promotes goodness in people all around the world -- not just celebrities. We absolutely love children, and hope to have a few in the future! I played football all during high school, and although never started on offense or defense, was able to make a name for myself playing kickoff as a wedge-breaker. I love to snowboard (although California never has good snow), wakeboard (although I don't have a boat), go offroading (although I don't have a big enough truck for it), and just live life to the fullest! I don't have much, but I do have awesome friends, and an even cooler family.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was raised in the Church, and so was her parents, and their parents, and their parents. The genealogy actually goes back to a little after the Church was restored - late 1800s. My mom was born in central California, but spent most of her growing up in Northern Utah. She was baptized at 8, attended BYU, went on a mission to Wisconsin for the Church, and later moved back to California, where she met my dad. But my dad does not have such a similar background. His grandfather was a Russian immigrant, who came to America only a few years before Nazi regimes infiltrated and decimated his small Jewish town. Jewish blood runs thick through my paternal ancestry, and thus my father went to Hebrew school in Los Angeles, and Bar-mitzvah'd at 13. But once girls came along, he found numerous times that the young women he was dating would invite him to the Mormon church on Sundays. As he visited, he felt a feeling of familiarity. The Old Testament and its teachings, traditions, and beliefs, were somewhat apart of the Mormon Church as well. He gained a testimony that this was the same Church that the Lord established in times of old, restored today with prophets like Abraham and Moses. Both of my parents understand the freedom to choose. And so do I. I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and know that the teachings are true. I feel happy when I live the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon is full of truth, and I receive revelation on how I can be a better husband every time I read it. I know that this life on Earth is prepared so that we can live in a way that we will be comfortable in His presence. Family means so much to me, and it brings me so much joy and peace that when we follow God's plan, taught in the scriptures and taught within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we can live happily together forever.

How I live my faith

I've been a member of this Church all my life. I have attended Sunday meetings to learn more about Jesus Christ, and His Plan of happiness that we're all able to be apart of. Before I was married, my wife and I both spent time away from family and each other to be missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was sent to Chile, and I was called to serve the people in Arizona. For eight months, I lived there, moving from Chandler, to Mesa, to Tempe, to Gilbert. It was one of the greatest opportunities I have ever been given. I was able not to worry about things of the world for a time. It reminded me of the song "If I Were A Rich Man", from Fiddler on the Roof. Tevye dreams of this kind of opportunity: "If I were rich, I'd have the time that I lack, To sit in the synagogue and pray. And maybe have a seat by the Eastern wall. And I'd discuss the holy books with the learned men, several hours every day. That would be the sweetest thing of all." Not only was I able to collaborate and learn more about the scriptures from other men and women, but also be able to share the Bible and the Book of Mormon with men and women who have haven't had the opportunity to learn what is in their glorious pages. As much as I loved being a missionary, I love being home and returning to life. My wife and I are able to read from the scriptures and every morning and night kneel beside each other and offer a word of prayer to our Heavenly Father. Every Sunday we're able to go to Church together, renew the promises we have made, and learn more about the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and how we can apply it into our own lives. We also set aside time for "family night", "movie night", and "date night". I feel closer to my Heavenly Father when my wife and I spend time together choosing the right ways.