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Hi I'm Courtenay

I'm one of 15 children. I'm a college graduate. I've held political office. I homeschool. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have so many activities and interests in so many areas that it is not hard to get me excited for just about anything. Reading, outdoors, athletics, health and medicine, design, politics and history, sewing, photography, scrapbooking, running, did I mention reading? working with wood, physical therapy with our disabled child, music... I've even won an election for political position. However, my first love is my family and there are only so many hours in a day. So, what is a woman, wife and mom of 6 to do? Prioritize. My amazing husband, Jared, spends most of his spare time with the children coaching them (and scores of other kids) in athletics. I get a lot of time with my children in homeschool, mom/daughter dates or chauffeuring them around. Jared and I have to schedule in our date night. It can get really crazy around our household. Setting goals and scheduling are key to making sure the important things don't get lost in the shuffle. Studying the scriptures and prayer, personally and as a family, time with Jared, time and conversation with each individual child, family memories in the form of Family Home Evening, vacations, gardening and, yes, even arguing are critical to the survival of a family in the world we live in. Sometimes I wonder if my children will ever love me again because there are surely times when someone is not satisfied and chaos rules.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by two converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But even though I have always been a member I still had to be "converted." My testimony came in bits and pieces as a youth. It grew tenfold while I was serving a mission for the Church. Living the principles carefully myself and watching peoples' lives change for the better as they applied saving principles and ordinances of the gospel brought great joy and strength. I realized after my mission and living on my own that I was responsible and accountable, through my choices, for my relationship with the Savior. Over time, as I read scriptures, attended church, repented and listened to the Holy Ghost, etc, on my own, for myself, I became aware of how important it is to have the guidance of the Holy Ghost. The Savior has gloriously overcome the burden of all of our sins. If I truly accept that, then my life should reflect His life to the best of my abilities. The only way it can is to have the guidance of the Holy Ghost direct to, and confirm of, truth. I had to learn this for myself. My parents could not carry me. The enthusiasm of new converts could not save me. Only the Savior and the relationship I develop with Him can save me. My testimony has solidified over time as I have seen how gospel principles have blessed my family. There is nothing more comforting than having a "map" and knowing the gospel principles that will direct us, provide happiness in this life, comfort us in times of trial and sorrow, and ultimately help us return with our families to a loving Heavenly Father. I was raised in a Mormon home but I have chosen to continue living the gospel of Jesus Christ because I know, for myself, that Jesus Christ is aware of me. I know that God answers prayers, because He has answered mine in large and small ways.

How I live my faith

The list of what I don't do would be easier...but, keeping the end goal in mind is critical. If I let the busyness of the day distract me, the important things don't get done. Conscientiously, on a daily basis, having personal/family prayer and scripture study, speaking kindly to my children, reaching out to my husband, attending the temple (often), putting thought and effort into my calling, serving, taking the Sacrament are just some of the things that if done with the end goal in mind, will be easier and more rewarding. Growing up with 14 siblings meant that any one of us could be engaged in a lively discussion challenging or questioning my parents' boundaries for us. My dad, when realizing no answer he could give would satisfy, would say, "What does the prophet say about (discussion topic)?" What I learned, and try to teach my children, is that the Lord has set boundaries. If we respect those boundaries, listen to and follow our prophet, who speaks for the Lord (Amos 3:7), our life will be more fulfilling, we will be safer and while we won't be free of challenges and loss, we will never be led astray. As we apply the instructions to our lives each of us can receive our own personal witness of the truthfulness of what the prophets teach. I want my children to know (well they are pretty aware) that I am far from perfect, but by following the prophet and living the gospel they will be successful in whatever their life entails. My hsuband will always use the "law of the harvest" with his athletes. It is so true. We will reap the rewards (positive or negative) of what ever we sow or put our time and effort into. Why not use our time to our advantage? to reach our big goals? Easier said than done, but it helps motivate me live my faith. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the whole package. Who we are. Where we came from. Why we are here. What happens next. That is why I'm a Mormon.