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Hi I'm Courtney

I'm a wife, a mom of three boys, and a Mormon.

About Me

These are a few of my favourite things... my best friend and husband Blake, my cute kids Sam, Max, and Eli, running races very slowly, discovering new bands and enjoying favourite tunes, reading great books, spending time with my family, calling my sister 10 times a day for no reason, checking items off my bucket list, cooking good food, volunteering in the community, cheering quite loudly for the SF Giants, traveling around the world, playing games, Woody Allen movies, raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens... :)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the teachings of the LDS church contain a fullness of Jesus Christ’s gospel. While in college, I had the opportunity to study many different religions as I worked toward obtaining a degree in Humanities. What I loved about this curriculum was seeing how each religion has many beautiful things to teach us. As a member of the LDS church, it was also interesting to see so many similar beliefs! Yet, it was a reminder that none of them had what we refer to as “a fullness of the gospel.” The gospel of Jesus Christ has been around for thousands of years, however little by little, it began to become corrupted. In 1820, His church was restored to this earth for all who seek answers and direction in their lives. I am a Mormon because I believe in eternal families. I might be biased, but I’m pretty sure I have the greatest family in the world. Every single day I think about how incredibly lucky I am to be a part of their lives. And every single day I thank my Heavenly Father that I can be with them forever. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much! How sad would it be if we spent our lives building relationships only to have them disappear after death? I am so grateful for the principle of eternal families, which teaches that we can be together forever. I am a Mormon because it brings me joy! I’ve often been asked about the church and its “many commandments.” Things like not drinking alcohol or paying a generous tithing are often cited as restrictive. To me, commandments bring joy and are one of the ways the Lord shows us he loves us. Elder Christiansen said, “Observance of law brings harmony, peace, order; while without observance of law there is found confusion, and sorrow, remorse, failure—whether it be the laws of God or the laws of man.” There have been times in my life when I wasn’t very active in the gospel and as I look back, I can see how this quote is so applicable. When I am obedient to God’s laws, even in times of trial, I am so much happier.

How I live my faith

Growing up, people were often shocked when they found out how involved I was with my church: three hours of church on Sunday, Family Home Evening on Monday, youth group on Tuesday, early morning (6 am!) seminary Monday through Friday, and a church dance on Saturday. Now that I'm older, however, I see how greatly blessed I was by surrounding myself with good people and activities centered on Jesus Christ. Some of the ways I live my faith today are by teaching gospel principles to my children through Family Home Evening and scripture study. Although they are only 3 and 18 months, my husband and I feel it's important to begin teaching them about Jesus Christ and what it means to be like Him. I love hearing my son sing songs like, "I Love to See the Temple" or "I am a Child of God." He may not entirely understand what it means, but I see how happy it makes him (and me!) to learn about the gospel. Another way I live my faith is by teaching the young women in my ward each week. I love spending time with the youth! Teenagers these days have it so hard! Yet, I look at the girls I teach and am amazed by their conviction to being righteous and following God. We have the opportunity to learn about so many different things and it's wonderful to see how the Holy Ghost touches each of them and strengthens their testimony.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Like many other churches, we are commanded to pay tithing. Tithing is giving 10 percent of your income to the Lord. This finances all of the church's operations, from building temples to sustaining missionary work. Sometimes when people who are not LDS find out I give 10 percent of my paycheck to my church, they are shocked! They often say, "Why do you give so much? You could spend that money on so many other things!" Though they are right, I could use that money on so many other things, I wouldn't give up paying tithing for anything in the world. It is a blessing to give back to the Lord for all that He has blessed me with. He promises us that if we pay a full tithe, He will ALWAYS take care of us. This is something I have seen time and time again in my own life. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

With nearly 7 billion people in this world, there are many individuals that may never have the opportunity to hear about the gospel during their life. After they die, they can learn about our saviour's Plan of Happiness and choose to accept it, however they no longer have a body to be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This is the purpose of baptisms for the dead. Members of our church are baptized vicariously for those who have passed on and they have the choice to accept the gospel for themselves. Show more Show less