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Hi I'm Courtney

I'm a photographer. I love my family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a photographer. My family is a little bit crazy. I guess that is how it is with 7 siblings! I love anything crafty. Just give me glue, scissors, and paper and I'll go to town!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I know that this is truly the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have known that since the fourth grade when I told my friend that I was going to church with her! Since then, my testimony of the amazing joy this gospel can bring has just continued to grow. I love this gospel. I know Jesus Christ is my Savior. I know that He died for me. I know I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father. I know that missionary work is essential in our Heavenly Father’s plan. I know that I will one day be able to return to Him. I know that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet of God to restore the fullness of the gospel to the earth in these days. I know that we have living prophets on the earth today. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet. I know that families can be together forever, and I am so grateful for that. I know that the Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ. I know that through following the commandments and exercising faith the Lord will bless us. I am grateful for this knowledge and this testimony.

How I live my faith

Right now, I am living my faith by serving a mission. I will be serving for 18 months in the Illinois Chicago area. This is an amazing opportunity to give that time to the Lord and His work. I will be able to share my faith with all those who are willing to listen! Before I left for my own mission, I loved to help the missionaries serving in my home town. Sharing my faith is a big part in "how I live my faith". I also live my faith by studying the scriptures and praying. These things help me to feel closer to the Lord. Every time I read in my scripture I notice something new or understand something better.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Courtney
When Christ was on the Earth, he told his disciples to go and teach the gospel. Because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Jesus Christ's church on the Earth today, we are commanded to do the same. When you love Jesus Christ you have that desire to share what you love with those you love. Because the Savior loves everyone, He wants all of us to have His gospel. We proselyte so that we can share the truth with all of God's children. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Courtney
Our services are split into 3 parts. The first is our main service. It is called Sacrament Meeting. This is a very important meeting where we take the sacrament to remeber the sacrafice Jesus Christ made for us. In this meeting different people from the congregation speak each week. This is partly because we do not have any paid ministry. The next part is sunday school. We split up by age groups. The younger children, the teenagers, and the adults. We then study from the scriptures and talk about everday applications. The 3rd part is where we split up into men and women, and we do another sunday school type lesson. These meetings are called Priesthood (for the men) and Relief Society (for the women). This is a time where we can share insights as members of the same sex. I love to hear all the amazing insights the women in Relief Society have. Everyone is welcome to come to our services. We love guests! I am sure you will feel right at home! Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Courtney
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is often called The Mormon Church and its members called Mormons. This is a nickname that comes from the Book of Mormon. Mormon was a prophet who took these witings and compiled them into The Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Courtney
Jesus taught through His example that baptism is a nessecary step toward returning to live with our Father in Heaven. We know that not everyone has had or will have the opportunity to be baptized into Christ's church. Because our Heavenly Father loves all of His children and wants all of them to return to Him, He has given us the ability to do baptisms for those who died without receiveing the gospel. For baptism, it is nessecary to have a body, and that is why these baptisms must be done by the living. Show more Show less