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Hi I'm Courtney!

I LOVE life!!! I'm way stoked to serve a mission for the church! I want to be a superhero when I grow up.

About Me

I've been blessed to grow up in beautiful Oregon!! At any given moment I am most likely to be found dancing to the music in my head, and laughing about something. I LOVE PEOPLE, music, bright colors, and admiring all of the wonderful and exciting blessings the Lord manages to cram into life here on the earth!! It's such a blessing just to be able to experience life every day!!! LIFE IS RAD!!! I also really LOVE my sweet, hilarious family. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I've always been deeply interested in humanitarian work. In 2009 got to go on a humanitarian trip in Africa, it was AMAZING!! My ultimate ambition is to make the world a brighter place by sharing the happiness and love the Lord has given to me, with other people! Fun facts- I love bits and pieces of so many different kinds of music! My staples are Big band, Indie, Ska, 1960s music, Reggae, choice 80s music, and Relient K! I have a vintage dress collection, and an "ugly-sweater" collection.... Yes, I do wear them in public. I'm into exploring, painting, and photography, drawing, sewing, pottery, dancing (not that I'm good at it... haa)...

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I love it. I've learned through experience that the things we learn in church are right. They always lead to happiness. The more involved I am with my religion, the better life becomes! I know that God wants us to be happy. He loves and cares for each person on the earth as an individual. He loves us because He created us. And so He shows us, through the gospel, exactly how we can live if we want to genuinely be the happiest we can be! Not only now, but even after this life. There aren't any missing 'puzzle pieces' or unanswered questions in the gospel. Everything is complete, and everything makes sense. I am so very grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Most of the time, ‘living my faith’ isn’t a conscious choice, it’s just how I live. I try to show my faith by doing pretty basic everyday things. I’m grateful to the Lord for blessing me with life, and I try to reflect that gratitude in my actions by showing Him respect in all that I do. In the words I use, the things I participate in, the clothes I wear, and every part of my life. Each day I try to be a better person than I was the day before. (This does take a lot of conscious effort…) I like to share my testimony with other people, because the knowledge that the Lord has blessed me with is the best thing in my life. I want others to know about the things that bring so much goodness and happiness into my own life, so that they can have it too. That is why I'm going to serve a mission for the church- so I can do more to share my blessings with others. The Lord has loved me throughout my life, and through His love I have been blessed to love others. I believe that I am doing what anyone else would do when I try to stay aware of the good things I can do to help other people each day. One way that I do this is by paying tithing. God has given me all that I have, so I believe that it isn't mine to keep for myself. As I’ve come to know Him better, Heavenly Father has grown to be one of my very best friends, and I talk with Him throughout each day- sometimes in my thoughts and sometimes kneeling in prayer. I’m also grateful for the health that He has given to me, so I take good care of myself in every way that I can. I love to go to church, so it’s easy to end up there every weekend. Sometimes I help teach classes in church. For a while I taught the three and four year old kids during Sunday school. I really love spending time at the Temple and I go there whenever I get a chance to.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Women and men were divinely created differently to accomplish God's purposes in His family, the human race. Though men and women are equal in their worth and their importance, we both have our own jobs to do. God has taught us that 'to everything there is a purpose'. He created humans as both male and female to make sure that all of the most important things in life get accomplished. * Both men and women were created specifically to serve others. And though both genders can take part in many of the different roles to be played in life, in general each gender has a sole purpose and calling to fulfill. God is fair and wouldn't heap more responsibility on one gender than on the other. He knows what we are capable of as humans, and wants to see us succeed. To men, He gave the priesthood- the special power to act in His name. To women, He gave the special power to create and sustain life. One of these jobs could not exist as the Lord wants it to without the other. Men and women are not to work seperately, but instead we are supposed to work together. We are here to help and to complete each other. If women held the priesthood there would be WAY too much we'd need to be responsible for! Just being a mother is already more than enough to do every day! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Baptism is one of the most important steps in the pattern God has set up for us to live by. It is a commandment from God. It's one of the things that Jesus taught to His disciples while He was on the earth. When we are baptized we promise to serve God throughout our lives and to take Jesus Christ's name upon us. Which means that we will do the very best we can to represent Him in the things we do and say each day. When a person chooses to be baptized, the promises they make enable God to give them special blessings like having His holy spirit with them in every moment throughout their life.  Baptism makes our commitment to the Lord 'official'. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

...I'm not sure exactly. I think it might be because we have a prophet. The prophet tells us what God wants us to hear. We learn from the Bible and Book of Mormon that God always speaks to the people through a prophet. I suppose that it might seem like the prophet tells us what to do, but I know that the prophet only gives the advice that the Lord tells him to. When the prophet says something, he is saying it on behalf of the Lord. And everyone gets to decide whether they want to follow the Lord's counsel or not. If anyone has any concerns about any part of the prophet's counsel, they can pray to our Heavenly Father about it to find out if it is right. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Definitely! We worship Jesus Christ as our Savior and the Redeemer of all mankind. Our church is called "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints". And we, along with other Christians, live by Jesus' teachings and His words. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

When Christ was on the earth, He organized His Church by setting up commandments and leadership. He gave His apostles the holy priesthood, which is the ability to serve with power to act in God's name, to do what He wants done here on the earth. After the Savior was no longer on the earth, His power remained with those disciples who He had ordained to carry on God's work for Him. In time, all of the apostles died. Like pulling the foundation out from underneath a building, the foundation of Christ's church, which is the priesthood, was no longer on the earth and the Church fell to pieces. Without leadership, others came in to try to build the Church back up, but without the priesthood to guide the Church, people picked whichever parts of the gospel they liked and left whatever parts they didn't want to follow. Despite their good efforts, this left the Church incomplete. When the Lord knew that the circumstances were right, He brought the priesthood back to the earth along with all of the things that had been lost from His gospel over time. Throughout time the Lord has always given His people a prophet to help guide them. He also gives His people scriptures to live by. That is why we have the Bible. It is made up of records from God's children in Israel. God's children on the other side of the world also kept records. The compilation of records they kept in the ancient Americas are what make up the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Missionaries pay for whatever part of their mission they can afford to fund on their own. Sometimes people's families and friends and people from church help donate funds to pay for a person's mission. :) Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

As we learn more about Jesus Christ regularly, and try to live the things that He taught, we will come to know Him better and this will increase our faith. Jesus Christ is our Savior, as well as our Brother. He is one of God's children, and so are we. As a part of His family, we can and should build up a personal relationship with Jesus. We can all learn about Him, and think of Him often. I believe that He thinks of each person on the earth often because He loves us. Remembering Him and His love for each one of us helps to strengthen faith. Relying on His grace to see us through every day, and counting on His mercy to help us as we correct even the little mistakes we make each day will make our faith in Him grow. When we try our best to follow the example the Savior set while He was on the earth, we will also increase our faith in Him. Serving others, living selflessly, praying to God often, forgiving, and trying to be better people, among many other good things, will definitely increase our faith in Him. Doing these things will increase your love for Him as well as your faith in Him greatly. You will find so much happiness and fulfillment in your everyday life because of the faith you have in Him. I know that because I try to live like this too. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

God chooses. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

It contains God's word. The New Testament tells us about the Savior's life. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Nope, but a lot of us want to serve missions! Every member of the church who wants to serve is given an opportunity to do so. The younger guys are asked to serve a mission as part of their job as members of the church, but they definitely still have the choice to go or not. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Nope! Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

The scriptures are like life's textbook. They tell us how to live happily and successfully, how to make good decisions, and how to make it back to live with God. And they help us to learn a lot about life in general. We can gain comfort, peace, guidance, and encouragement from the scriptures too. I like reading and exploring the scriptures. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

We go back home to live with God again in heaven. Life doesn't start when a person is born and it certainly doesn't end when a person passes away. Every person's individual life stretches far back before birth, and far beyond mortal death. Life on earth is just a tiny part of life as a whole. I'm grateful for that. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No way! That would be hypocritical. The Church helps anyone in need. Every living person is one of God's children. If we only helped people who believe what we believe, we would not be following the Savior's example. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

We don't drink some things or take some things into our bodies because the Lord said that we shouldn't. A lot of those things are addictive. They're not good for your health. People waste a lot of money on that stuff. Basically, take care of yourself, don't do anything that would harm your body, and eat your vegetables... Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Basic principles of the gospel, like faith, prayer, prophets, etc. The foundation of the church is our Savior, Jesus Christ, so they will talk about Him. It's fun, I like talking with missionaries. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We're just people. People who love Jesus. Generally we're people with standards and goals, who try to reach out and make the world a better place. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

L.D.S. ladies are just ladies. The L.D.S. women who I've known throughout my life tend to be sweet, selfless, happy, hopeful, generous, helpful, faithful, thoughtful and kind. As a girl I can say that it is a blessing to be a member of this church. Women get a lot of respect and are treated as equals. In the church there is a lot of honor given to womanhood, and I'm grateful for that. Men and women are the same, we were just created to play differnet roles in life, that's all. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

A bunch of different prophets who believed the same things that we do today, who lived in North and South America at the same time that a lot of the books in the Bible were being written. ...A lot of them have fantastic names that are fun to say! Like, "Moroni" and "Nephi". Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Yup! Of course I wasn't there, but I have a testimony that the Savior did visit the people in the Americas after He was resurrected, because He loved the people there just as He loved the other people He'd visited. The scriptures say that He even visited people in other parts of the world too. He wanted everyone to be able to have the hope that comes from having a testimony that He conquered death! Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Have faith in your Heavenly Father. He loves you. He will support you and bless you. And have faith in Jesus Christ. In His great love He makes it possible for every person to live with God again. Hold on to that faith. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

We are all here because we chose to come to the the earth so we could grow, and learn, and have new experiences which will bring us closer to God. We are here to accomplish good things, and to prove that we are good people who can make good of our lives. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

AWESOME!!!!! Seriously, it's the best!! I love it so much!! I wouldn't trade it for the world! That's why I keep it up every day of my life! Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Talk to the missionaries about it! They can teach you about the church and show you how to live to be super happy, and then if you like it you can get baptized! Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Everything that we have comes from God, and so it belongs to Him. We don't have the right to keep anything for ourselves, especially when other people need it or it can do more good somewhere else. So we share 10 percent of what we have in order to make sure that no one has to go without, and so the church can have the funds to build church buildings and temples, etc. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

If people were paid to help lead the church, it wouldn't be as heartfelt as it is when people help simply as service. This is God's work, not a business. People help God just to serve Him, not to gain anything for themselves. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is believing that something is real, or is true, without having physical evidence of it, but still knowing in your heart that it's right. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is some of God's power that He sends down to people who are ordained to hold the priesthood, when He wants something specific done on the earth that requires His special power to accomplish. It's a special power to act in God's name for Him. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Absolutely. God is unchanging, so we will always need a prophet. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

People are the whole point of everything that God does. We need to watch after each other, and help each other. Family is the best way to make sure that every life can be touched for good. Families can give us each a place to call our home and somewhere to belong. It can be like having built-in friends! Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Read the scriptures, pray to Him, and think about Him. Try to do the things He asks of you, and He will always be close to you. The best way to get to know Him well is to be close to Him. As you learn about Christ and come to know Him, you will also come to know the character of God. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Because the Holy Ghost comes directly from God, who is the creator of EVERY GOOD THING, it can bless us with every good thing which we lack. It fills us with peace, happiness, comfort, confidence, love, strength, clarity of mind, etc. God's holy spirit can guide us every day of our lives. It binds our hearts together in love and unity. It always points us toward the best decisions and the things that will make us happiest, and do the most good. Through the Holy Spirit's help we become the best we can be. It is our direct connection to God. Show more Show less