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Hi I'm Courtney

I'm a writer, a family history consultant, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a great talent for writing. It's something I've loved to do since I was little, and my parents have encouraged me every step of the way. At first it was hard to commit to studying creative writing at a university, but I know that if I do what's right the Lord will take care of me and help me find a way to use my talents to provide for myself.

Why I am a Mormon

One day in fifth grade, my class of 8 students suddenly stopped talking to me. This lasted for months. I don't remember exactly when, but there was a time when I thought no one would care if I ended my life. It was at this point that I began reading the Book of Mormon more fervently and praying to God for comfort. It was hard, but with his help my faith was strengthened and I learned to accept my lonely situation. A few years later, my brother got into a car accident in which the truck rolled several times and ended up in a ditch. God was with him on that day because my brother hadn't been wearing a seatbelt. He should have died in that accident, but he came out of it without a scratch on his body. About two years later my dad and two sisters were in a serious quad accident. One sister was flung from the vehicle and should have died, but she wasn't. Later on we asked her what happened and she said, "I heard a voice telling me to be still and I would not be hurt, and so I did and I was safe." This helped strengthen my testimony of the Holy Ghost. One of the greatest things I think about being a Mormon is the fact that we have a prophet and apostles to give us continued revelation from God. When I was going through hard times in my life I stumbled upon a message that was given by Jeffrey R. Holland called "Broken Things to Mend". As I read this I felt a sweet burning in my heart and was overwhelmed with a feeling of comfort and love. It was exactly what I needed.

How I live my faith

It's sometimes hard to be strong. My brother was nearly shot and killed by his best friend. I've watched him turn to addictive substances and steal from the people he loves to get more. I've faced depression and have found myself questioning where I'm supposed to go and what I'm supposed to do. But the Lord knows me and he loves me. He's promised me so many things in my Patriarchal blessing and a life full of blessings. He's helped me find a way to cope with the hardships of life by seeking out my ancestors and the stories they have to tell. I go to the temple for them and the experiences there help me to get through my struggles, no matter what they are.

What is being a Mormon like?

I love being a Mormon. I'm happy absolutely every day of my life, even when horrible things are happening to me. It seems strange, I know, but that's just the way I am and it's the gospel that's made me that way. It's hard for me to get depressed when I look at the grand scheme of things. Pain and sorrow take but an instant when compared with the eternities. Another great thing about being a Mormon is knowing that death isn't the end for me. I can be with my family again after death, which is awesome because my family and I are insanely close to each other. My siblings would do absolutely anything for me, and I for them, such is the love between us. In 1 Nephi 8:10 it says "And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy." Later on in 1 Nephi 11:22 Nephi explains what the tree is. "Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things." So, putting these two scriptures together, when we partake of the love of God we will be filled with "exceedingly great joy" (1 Nephi 8:12). Mormons are happy because we have partaken of the atonement and have been filled with the subsequent happiness that comes from it. We are happy because we know that God loves us. We have proof of this in John 3:16. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Show more Show less