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Hi I'm Courtney

I'm a full-time mommy to three crazy boys (with another on the way!). I'm a part-time attorney. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After graduating from BYU-Hawaii (those were the days), I married my husband of almost nine years in the Portland temple. As my rock and my support, he helped me fufill my dream of attending BYU Lawschool and becoming an attorney. I love helping others and look for opportunities to be of service in any way that I can, but my days of practicing law have taken a temporary backseat to my full-time mommy job. My mommy job doesn't pay as well, but its oh so much more fufilling. Together we're doing our best to raise three wonderful, but very energetic, little boys. Life sent us a curve ball last year when our youngest son contracted bacterial meningitis, battled for his life, and is now in the process of a very long recovery. Our testimonies of our Heavenly Father's love for each of His children, and the relief found in accepting and trusting in His will, was strengthened as we began the journey of parenting a special needs child. Our family was recently blessed to learn that we will be adding another precious baby into our home next spring! We're so grateful for our Father's great plan of happiness and the blessings promised to righteous families. In my freetime (ha!) I love to read, cook (mostly the eating part), and be outdoors in the sunshine.

Why I am a Mormon

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that every member is entitled to receive personal revelation. In fact, the Book of Mormon challenges its readers to pray about the truthfulness of its message and offers the solemn promise that its truthfulness will be confirmed through personal study and prayer. And so it was my experience as a teenager, raised in the gospel, that I accepted this challenge to read the Book of Mormon and see for myself whether its teachings were true. As I read the scriptures, as I prayed with sincere intent, I felt a warmth come over me and felt certainty in my mind and my heart, that this was truly the Lord's church. This feeling of warmth and certainty has been reconfirmed over and over as I pray to my Father in Heaven for constant guidance, study the scriptures daily, and feel the hand of the Lord in my life.

How I live my faith

My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints permeates throughout my entire life. Church isn't just a place I go to on Sunday each week. Being a Latter-day Saint is a way of life, a process of growing, learning, and becoming like Christ. In our family, we try to start our morning with a family prayer in which we pray for each member of our family and whatever needs or challenges facing our family members that day. We ask a blessing on our food before each meal. I spend a little time each day personally studying the scriptures while my children nap in the afternoon. One night each week, our family gathers for a Family Home Evening where we have the opportunity to give spiritual instruction and bear our testimonies to our children. Throughout the week, we attend meetings and youth activities in the evening. Each night, we try to read a short passage from the scriptures before bedtime and offer kneeling prayer before bedtime. We set aside Sunday as a day of rest and a day of worship. We make mistakes. We make a lot of mistakes. But each day we start fresh, we try a little harder, and we do our very best to live in such a way that would glorify our Father in Heaven.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Courtney
I remember being a first-time mom, sleep-deprived, awakened with numerous late-night feedings and diapers changes every night. One night in particular, I was pacing the hallway, bouncing and rocking my colicky baby to sleep at some absurd hour of the night, when I realized that being a parent was in effect like a boot-camp for learning spiritual values. In just the few short months since I had become a mom, I was already putting into practice many newly developed values: sacrifice, selflessness, nuturing, loving, patience. I realized that through the journey of parenthood, and family life, I was changing in a way that was helping me to become more Christ-like. I think that Heavenly Father sent us to earth in family units because He wanted us to learn from each other through loving one another and serving each other. In that way, our families are like a miniature school-grounds for learning about the gospel and about our Savior. Show more Show less