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Hi I'm Courtney

I am a High School student with a passion for music. I try to do my best in everything no matter what. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently going to High School. I play violin and piano well, and I am trying to learn anything anyone will teach me. I participate in youth and adult choirs, and sing alto. I love learning about my family history and the lessons that those who have passed on can teach me. It's amazing to go through stories of trials and stories of joy. It was such a different world back then! I take Honors courses, but I'm sure to include other things like music and seminary. In seminary, I get to take some time out of my hectic school day to listen to the teachings of the Gospel. It strengthens me, and motivates me to stay steady in the path of righteousness.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy. It might sound like a simple answer, but it's the absolute truth. I've never felt more at peace than when I enter into the temple, the House of the Lord. I strive every day to make sure I'm following the commandments and living worthy to be an example to those around me. My seminary teacher once asked us in a lesson where we would go and what would happen if we were to step outside and get caught in a fatal car accident. He drove us to think deeper about the consequences of such an event. Would we be ready to see our God? Would our lives be in place such that our families would know of a surety of our salvation? Or would we be ashamed and afraid of the time when the Lord would stand before us to judge? I try my best every day to live my life so that I am not worried about what would happen. I try to be a good example to others of what I believe in and of the standards of the LDS church. I know with all my heart and mind that my church teaches the truth. Joseph Smith really was called of God at age 14 to organize the restored gospel on the earth. He lived and died for this cause, and I hope I would be just as ready to do the same.

How I live my faith

I attend my 3 hour church every Sunday morning. I partake of the sacrament and I listen to the lessons that have been prepared for me. Many of my friends think that three hours is way too long to spend at church on a Sunday. Sometimes, it can seem a little long. But really, is three hours of our time too much to give to the Lord? I did the math here, and I'll give you my results. Christ was crucified at 33. If he hadn't died for us, he may have lived to 70 years old. (Just a guess.) Because he saved us, he potentially lost 324,342 hours off of his life. If I live to 90 years old, another guess, I will have spent a total of about 15,656 hours attending church, going to seminary all four years of high school, and going to mutual (church youth activity) every Wednesday for 7 years (ages 12-18) . That's a difference of 308,716 hours! Hopefully my math is right, but that's a very big difference. Now maybe you see why attending church for three hours isn't such a huge sacrifice. One of the other things I do is play piano (and sometimes violin) for different church activities. I play piano in seminary when we sing hymns. I play violin for special musical numbers during church. I just try and bring the Holy Ghost into the meeting, wherever it is. I believe music can be a big contributor to that. In short, I just try to be the best I can be and guide others to that same thing.