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Hi I'm Courtney

I'm a Mom of four. I love to date my husband. I'm a student, a singer, and I enjoy dancing, especially in my car. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in a small town in the mountains of the Southwestern area of Virginia. I went to college at BYU in Provo, UT, where I met my husband. I received a undergraduate degree in Psychology. I chose to forego graduate school in order for us to start a family. I have since been blessed to be able to stay home with our four children, who range in ages from 4 to 10 years. Our youngest child we adopted from the country of Ukraine a few years ago. For the past 10 years we have lived in Arizona, and we proudly call Gilbert our home. For two "East Coasters", we have adapted well to life in the Valley of the Sun. Currently I am taking prerequisite science courses and preparing for application to attend P.A. school. I might be a little older than the average applicant, but we'll just say that makes me more well rounded. I have spent time shadowing doctors and I also work part time in two hospital emergency departments as a medical scribe to gain more healthcare experience. I love helping others, especially in the medical environment, so I can't wait to become a physician's assistant. Plus, I will always know what to do for my own family when they feel sick. I also sing with 13 amazing women in a 4-part harmony group. We sing at a variety of community events, hospitals, retirement homes, and even at the airport. My life is pretty busy, but I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in a small town in South where other Mormons were scarce was simultaneously both difficult and a blessing. My beliefs were questioned by my peers at a very young age. Even though I had wonderful convert parents who taught me the truthfulness and importance of the gospel, you cannot stand long on other people's testimonies in that kind of environment. It either makes your testimony very strong, or it breaks you. So, I had to learn to stand up for my beliefs early, and to do so, I had to know what those beliefs really were. I did not have one defining moment I can point to, no great revelation that solidified my testimony that the church was true. My testimony was created by the small moments, moments of clarity, peace, joy and sometimes even pain. While the moments that shaped my testimony have been varied, the one thing they have in common was that no matter what challenges I have faced, no matter what personal weaknesses I needed to overcome, my love for and faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ, is what sustains and uplifts me. I have always felt, perhaps even before I truly had a testimony of my own, there was no better way to live my life than being a Mormon. We love our families, our neighbors, our communities and our country. Above all, we love our Heavenly Father and his Son. We are far from perfect, but we hope for the perfection that can someday come by following His example, and using His atonement in our lives. I love being a Mormon. It makes me happy. It makes me complete. Being Mormon makes me a better wife, mother, and friend.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others. I love the opportunities I have to serve others by being a Mormon. At church. I have spent many years working with the children and youth in the church. I have been able to learn about and serve in the Cub Scout program. I have taught children from ages 3 to 18. I especially love working with the teenage young women as a teacher and a leader for activities. They have brought so much joy into my life. I have also enjoyed getting to know adult women from all walks of life in the church, who love the Savior and are just amazing. I am often inspired by the acts of service and kindness they perform. In the community. Many of the community service opportunities I have participated in, have originated at church. From helping at a community soup kitchen to cleaning toys at a local orphanage. We recently took the youth to a facility for mentally and physically disabled adults to participate in a musical Sunday service where the young men and women were each assigned a "friend" who they sat with, sang to, and talked to. It was a wonderful experience for me to witness these amazing young people, trying their best to let their new friend know that they were there for them and loved them. My singing group never charges for our performances, even though we work long hours to "perfect" our music. We are all Mormon women in the group, and we love sharing our talents with others. One of my favorite performances is singing at the airport for groups of veterans from past wars who are returning from visiting military memorials in Washington, D.C. They are wonderful men and women and we owe them a great deal for the freedoms we enjoy. In the home. How I live my faith has everything to do with the kind of mother and wife I am. I try to be an example to them and teach them the best choices they can make in this life, so we can be an eternal family.