Monday, August 1, 2016

One last time

August 1, 2016

Hello for the very last time! (over email)

Man has the mission been great. Over the course of my mission I've beat myself up for times where I would make mistakes and not do everything in my power to be the BEST missionary, but when I was praying last night, I kinda stopped feeling the Spirit. Because I was talking to our Father in Heaven about how I could have done so much more to be better. And I think many of us think that way. That we want to do great things and serve and accomplish so many things in the ways others do, but making mistakes is how we grow. It's how we become, change, and repent. That is how we can come to know the Savior more, is from our weakness. ETHER 12:27. 

One of the sisters has told me recently that I need to stop beating myself up and be happy with the work and effort that I have put into being a missionary. No one can be perfect. Back to my story, as I was thinking about that, and how I need to be happy with what I've done, I felt this overwhelming love from Heavenly Father. I know that I am not perfect and that I cannot be perfect, but I also know that I have served the Lord and that He is happy with my effort. 

Guys, we cannot be perfect. We are called to the work to change. Some of us are called to baptize nations on their missions, but I know that what the Lord needed me to learn and accomplish on my mission, I have done. Just as my dad told me last week, "my mission was the personal foundation of my testimony." The Lord knew what I needed in my life and being called to the California Riverside Mission for 18 months was what I needed. I am so grateful for that and for what I have learned. I have met my best friends on my mission. God really is so good. 

Keep the faith, those that are still serving! God has a plan!!

I'll see the rest of y'all in UTAH!!!!

Love, Sister Cozzens


Sister Cozzens' district. All three sisters were her 
companions during her mission. 


"The sign is great, though I'm pretty sure
 they haven't found Christ's restored Gospel." 


The Sisters caught a baby lizard!



Sister Cozzens' good friend Addisun


The best Ward Mission Leader and his adorable 
family-the Welches


Sister Rodriguez and Sister Cozzens-one last photo!



When your mission ends, you cry ;(

July 25, 2016

Hello everyone!

We had a better week. The last couple of days, the Lord has really blessed us. There is a lady that went to a different ward yesterday, but actually lives in our area. She told them that she loves church and the gospel and wants to be baptized!! We will be meeting with her on Thursday this week! Girls camp was last week for the stake, and a non member went and ended up bearing her testimony about the church, and she wants to get baptized, too!

One of our investigators, Lindsey, is the cutest, haha. She is 26, and we happened to cross paths a couple of weeks ago, and she has the cutest child! He is HUGE, like bigger than a 4-year-old huge, and he turns two in September.  We've taught her a couple of times, and she's so open and wanting to know what to do in her life. Some of the choices she needs to make are things that she needs to pray about. She said the closing prayer yesterday and just plead with God for help. It is so humbling to be a missionary and to have the privilege of helping God's children come unto Christ. 

So good! Missionary work is the best.

We had a zone conference on Tuesday last week, and the outgoing missionaries are able to bare (bear?) their testimonies, that means me. Man, Sister Roberts, Sister Moore, and I were in tears. I had to stop the sob coming.


Lake Elsinore Zone


Four missionaries that came to the California
Riverside Mission together: Sisters Roberts,
Moore, Cozzens and Elder ?


Sister Cozzens and Elder Michael Thompson,
 a friend from back home, and they leave the 
mission together!


Sister Rasmussen and Sister Cozzens are 
always matching.

God has played such a huge role in my life, and I am so grateful that He prompted me to serve, as I prayed. I am grateful for the strength and help He sent me in making the decision to serve. It has flown by, but I do know that serving a mission was part of God's plan for me. I can't even express to you how grateful I am for the gospel. I am grateful for how merciful the Lord has been to me. I am grateful that I can change. I am grateful for the testimony that I have gained and the foundation that I have built. I am grateful for the instrument that the Lord has molded me into, to bring about His purposes. I just love it. I am excited to see how much I have changed, because apparently you can tell a lot better when you are home.... Ah. But I am excited to take what I have learned and apply it to Gentile life. I know that the Lord has plans for me afterward, and I will continue to be His instrument.

I guess you don't need to know what goes on in my head, but I know that the gospel is true. The Lord loves you so much. We are literally children of God, and we have divine potential. When we come to see what our potential is, perspective of life and the choices we make, change. 

I'll talk to you next week! Or see you I guess.... uh.... see you later??

Love, Sister Cozzens


The missionaries had a bbq for p-day. "Go LAKE
ELSINORE ZONE!"


Photo with a previous companion


Sisters Rodriguez and Cozzens


"I found a lizard tail, so I took a picture with it."


The house had termites, to they put up a tent????
(This caption needs an explanation!)