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Hi I'm Courtney

From small town Arizona girl to married world explorer plus 4 kids. . .and now back to my Arizona roots. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am lucky enough to stay home with my four active and wonderful kids. I love being around, meeting, and hearing other people’s stories. I enjoy organizing (I know, CRAZY!), exercising (volleyball and running. . .esp. 1/2 marathons and relays), traveling (I just itch to go places), being creative (a little of everything) and ethnic food (Indian, Chinese, etc.) I'm not really amazing at anything (ok, maybe moving as we have moved locations 12 times in 14 years--4 overseas). Then again, maybe I haven't mastered it as we keep moving!=) I grew up in small town Arizona. When I first started dating my husband in university and found out he was from Canada, I thought that was so foreign. Ha ha! Little did I know that shortly I would have the chance to visit and live in much more exotic places. Six months after college graduation, we moved to Roznov pod Radhostem in the Czech Republic for a year. A few years back in the states and off we went to Asia (Shanghai, China then Taipei, Taiwan, ending in Dalian, China) for a total of 6 years. Wow! Talk about a change for small town Courtney. So many learning experiences, adventures and cultures I’ve been blessed to have. The world is full of amazing people and places. Now I’m back to Arizona where adventures of another sort (raising kids) occur daily.

Why I am a Mormon

There are so many reasons why I am a Mormon. For me, the gospel principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints just make sense. I was raised Mormon by two converted parents. I had many opportunities to go to church, church activities, and seminary (classes in high school where we study the scriptures) and to not only get to know my Savior and Heavenly Father, but to feel the Holy Spirit confirm the truth of what I was learning. When I left my family home for school it was time for my testimony of the gospel to grow. Living in so many different places I love that the church is the same everywhere. I find a lot of comfort in that. Our family has lived in places where there are many Mormons and places where our little family were the only Mormons. It would have been easy to just stop following the principles of the gospel because no one would ever know, but we didn't because we knew it was true and would bring us happiness. I am so grateful to have a living prophet that speaks God's will for us TODAY just as the prophets did of old. The scriptures inspire and teach me as I read from their pages. And at church each Sunday I find peace, fellowship, and renewal. There is a place for everyone in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (aka-Mormon) church.

How I live my faith

I try to be the best I can be each day while realizing I am human and make lots of mistakes, hence making the atonement very real to me. Through the bumps and mountains of my life journey I have realized that it is impossible to traverse without a personal relationship with my Savior. I often find myself praying in my head throughout the day about big and little things. Remembering and thinking of what Jesus would do is often helpful when I am apt to do otherwise. Right now I get to work with the women in our ward (area). I have the opportunity to help select teachers for our Sunday lessons, welcome and fellowship new and existing sisters (women), and plan activities and projects that will help all of us grow closer to Christ.