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Hi I'm Taylin Cozzens

I was born and raised in Georgia. I attend BYUI. The California Roseville mission has my heart. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just love life. I come from a family of 9. I was born and raised in Georgia, but my parents both come from the west (Wyoming and Idaho). I have 6 sisters. And I am the middle child, meaning I have 3 older and 3 younger. We are all blonde and blue eyed. Since all of my extended family still live out in the west, we grew up road tripping. I now attend Brigham Young University-Idaho. One of the most life changing experiences I have had is the job I had my freshmen year of college. I was a CNA (caregiver) for an assisted living home. Your heart grow without any limit or barriers. But I have put a hold on my schooling and job for 18 months to serve in the California Roseville mission. My hobbies involve a lot of physical activity. I enjoy the great outdoors and sports. I love to hike, camp, white-water raft, kayak, canoe, bridge jump, cliff jump, off-roading, rock climbing, bouldering, skiing, sledding, swimming, volleyball, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, soccer, football, and the list goes on. Perhaps my favorite activities revolve around other people. I love participating in service! I love making people smile and laugh. I love just living the happy life of a poor college student. I love to adventure and try new things. And I love all things good and whole!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because nothing brings me more joy, happiness, and peace. It is my source of TRUE happiness. I am a Latter Day Saint because I love this gospel, church, and doctrine. I have a testimony that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I know that He has given us the bible and Book of Mormon for guidance and direction. But we also have living prophets and apostles for our unique times. Just like there are prophets within the bible and Book of Mormon, God still speaks to prophets today. I know that I am a daughter of Heavenly Father. I know that I have a Savior and Redeemer. I know that through Christ sins can be forgiven, our bodies and spirits will be joined together again in resurrection, and that I always have a friend who understands, accepts, and love me. But I also know God is merciful without robbing justice. I must do my part. I know that there are things beyond me, beyond the walls of my home, beyond my community, beyond my nation, beyond my continent, beyond the Earth, beyond our galaxy, and beyond comprehension. But through this gospel I can understand where I came from, why I am here, and where I am going. I learn of my smallness in the whole grand eternities, but also learn that I am unconditionally loved. I know that Christ lives. I know Christ loves. And I know God waits with open arms and open heart for our return.

How I live my faith

It all begins on a personal level. I get a daily dosage of scripture study. Reading the bible and the Book of Mormon for the first time is just jumping in the water. But it is after I re-read that I get to swim around. Through the daily study I make connections. I do not only connect the doctrines or spiritual aspects of the written words, but relate them to my current life experiences and situations. Service is uplifting. There are many forms of service. Through the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I have had many opportunities to serve. One of my favorites is teaching. I love preparing lessons. It is a lot of work and takes some time...but it is all worth it. My favorite part is actually teaching, because it is there that I realize I am not the teacher. I prepare the lesson, I come and provide the words, activities, videos, etc. but it is the Spirit that teaches. The discussion from class members is what edifies. I learn and grow so much from teaching and I am humbled with the opportunity. Next is service projects. I love service projects because it gets us out into the community. There is such a powerful effect when you can build a unity and bond with others through service. Service is where you put to action your pursuit of coming Christlike.