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Hi I'm Courtney

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 24 years old and I am currently living in and attending school in Idaho. My primary interests are music and reading. I particularly enjoy the Harry Potter series! I have played the flute since middle school and I studied Music Education for 2 years of my college life. Though, I have decided to change my major to Child Development with a minor in Music. I love the Church and all that it stands for. I am still learning and adapting to the principles, but I have come to find out that learning within the Church is a continual process, but I continue to enjoy it every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Church by a friend. She and her parents invited me over to dinner the same night they had invited the missionaries. I agreed to dinner and I was warned by my friend that the missionaries were going to give a brief lesson afterward. Well, the dinner went well and we made simple small talk throughout dinner and we moved into the living room for the lesson. Well, that "brief lesson" turned into an almost 2 hour discussion about the Church, Joseph Smith, the restoration and many other topics. As I listened to the story of Joseph Smith though, I felt a strong connection with him because I, too, had questions as to which denomination I should be a part of, even though I was raised predominantly Baptist, I hadn't been to church in a while and I was trying to find another church to attend. I ended up leaving my friend's house with a copy of the Book of Mormon in my hand with the full intent to start reading when I got home, and I did. I read most of the first book of the Book of Mormon, and I prayed before going to bed that night to know if it was true. The following morning I woke up with the chorus of a song going through my head repeating over and over saying, " I believe this is real, so take a chance and don't ever look back, don't ever look back." I took those words to heart and had made up my mind to get baptized. I told my friend and the next time we had dinner with the missionaries they were informed of my decision. I was baptized November 14th, 2010 and it has been the best choice I have made in my life. I know, without any doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the True church of Jesus Christ restored to the earth. I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and that Joseph Smith was chosen to bring it forth with and through the power of God. I know that Thomas S. Monson is our living prophet today and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

In my first calling I was a primary teacher and I taught the CTR 6 class, which means I taught the 6 year olds. I loved this calling because, being a convert to the Church I learned so much from the kids in my class. They are so full of the purest and simple truths of the gospel and it has really helped me grow in my faith and in my testimony. I attend all Church meeting every Sunday and I try to attend as many ward activities I possibly can. Just being around my ward members really helps to strengthen me in my faith as well. You receive so much love and support from your ward.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Courtney
The priesthood can only be passed down to worthy men, usually from father to son. However, the women who hold leadership positions within the Church such as Relief Society President, Primary President and Young Women leaders, Sister Missionaries and so forth all work under the power of the priesthood. Even though we women cannot hold the priesthood, we still work under it and are able to use it to help those who need help. Show more Show less