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Hi I'm Kourtnee

I hand-make books, knit hats, make key-chains, and hope to make wedding veils soon. I sing and write songs, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been unemployed for several months, and have not yet earned my bachelor's degree. Facing continued unemployment, I am getting ready to head back to school and finish up the last classes I need for my degree. From there, who knows? I may apply for grad school, provided I can find a program of study that really catches my interest. If not, there are several jobs I would be willing to pursue, provided they are interested in what I have to offer. Once my student loans are paid back, I plan on traveling, first to the areas I just want to go to and spend some time there, and then to specific areas where I can track down where my ancestors came from.

Why I am a Mormon

At one of the lowest points of my life, I was feeling really down, and I just kept thinking "Why me?" Then, my mind did a little flip, and I ended up thinking "Why NOT me?" I realized that everything that was happening wasn't necessarily happening TO me, but rather around me, and how I reacted was very important. Another thing, too, that keeps coming back to me over and over is "Be still, and know that I am God". If I find stillness, the quiet within, I can truly tell how much our Father loves me, and how much He wants me to succeed. That, and many other reasons, is why I still follow His gospel.

How I live my faith

I do my best to read my scriptures daily. It's a struggle sometimes, particularly when I'm up late, or getting up early the next day, but I do try. At church, sometimes the only participation necessary is smiling at someone, or saying "Hi, how are you doing today?" and suddenly the world is brighter, not just for them, but for you.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Today alone, there are billions of people on our world. The vast majority, both of today's population, and in the past, have not had access to the Gospel. Heavenly Father is a loving god, and wants all His children to come home. Temples provide a place where the sacred, saving ordinances, starting with baptism, may be performed so that those who died without His word may be given a chance to learn and accept what He would have them do. These deceased persons do not have the baptism or other ordinance thrust upon them, they are simply given an opportunity to accept the work done for them. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

At Church, we may meet and greet our friends, learn from one another, renew the covenants made at baptism, and anyone is allowed to attend. The temple, as it is "The House of the Lord", is much more particular about its visitors. Within its walls, sacred covenants are made, and we are reminded of them as we return to attend again and again. I would almost equate it to, say, having a standard driver's license versus a heavy-equipment operator's license. The person with the standard license doesn't know the weight of the equipment, and would make errors that would compromise their very lives, if not first instructed in how to properly handle things. First, you must pass your "driving test", to get your "license" before you enter the temple. Show more Show less