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Hi I'm Taryn

I'm a former college athlete and a future ESL teacher. I've been called to serve a mission in Brazil, and I love being a Mormon!

About Me

I graduated from BYU-Hawaii in 2017 with a degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and strive to make a difference in the lives of others by teaching them valuable language skills. I ultimately want to teach refugees English in hopes that learning the local language will help them create successful lives for themselves and their families. I grew up playing volleyball and basketball competitively and played basketball for the very last team to exist at BYU-Hawaii. I'm inspired by education, language, refugees, sports, nature, and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the peace the gospel of Jesus Christ brings. The world we live in is an increasingly scary place with many terrible things happening that nobody has answers for, but the gospel has answers. Trials and challenges will come to each person, but the gospel has peace. I don't know what I would do if I didn't know I could pray to God any time I'm worried or need direction. Because I'm a Mormon, I know who I am. My dad was baptized as a member of the church when he was a junior in college and he and my mom chose to get married in the temple. I'm grateful for their choices and that as a result, I was raised with the gospel. I am a Mormon, not because I was born into it, but because I've chosen to stay in it because of the irreplaceable and lasting joy it brings.

How I live my faith

I've been called to serve in the Brazil Salvador South mission and look forward to sharing the happy message of the gospel with my brothers and sisters in northeastern Brazil. Serving as a full-time missionary will be one representation of living my faith, but it's not the beginning as I have tried to live it in every aspect of my life by keeping the gospel as my top priority. Throughout high school, my basketball team would travel on the weekends and play tournaments that extended through Sunday. To keep my commitment to the gospel I made my own choice not to participate on the Sabbath day so I could attend church and keep the commandments, even though there were many college coaches at the tournaments and playing college basketball was a top goal of mine. I believe that I was blessed for living my faith by receiving the offer to play at BYU-Hawaii as its program came to an end. I hope that my career as an English language teacher will also help me build God's kingdom by giving me many opportunities to serve His children.