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Hi I'm Cort

I grew up in Ohio, but have spent the past 20 years all over the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I joined the Air Force after High School and have lived all around the world. My wife and I have 4 children (2 boys and 2 girls). I love spending time outdoors--particularly in the mountains. It seems that when I'm hiking in the mountains, all of my cares and worries are taken away, at least for a while. There is nothing that compares with standing on top of a mountain, looking out over the world and thinking about all of the glorious creations of God. I'm so grateful for a Heavenly Father who created nature.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I made some lucky choices. I was raised by parents who were Mormon and I did most of the "right" things, but I never really had a testamony or understood why I should be Mormon. It wasn't until I was in college that I really started to understand. I joined the ski club because it was a way for me to leave campus and do something fun. One Saturday night, I was at a friends house. As I was leaving, he said "I'll see you tomorrow" to which I responded that he wouldn't...I was going skiing. Well, my friend got a concerned look on his face and asked "Is that where the Lord would want you to be on the Sabbath?" I thought about it, and realized that it wasn't where I was supposed to be. My faith wasn't strong enough to lose out on my $30 lift ticket though, so I went anyways. That was the last time I intentionally skipped church. Well, not the last time, I had to "test" the Lord once more about 2 years later. That time I managed to get in a car accident while I should have been in church. I don't think everyone who skips church will get into an accident and I don't think I am destined to get into accidents when I skip church, but I do know that I need to be at church--I need the companionship of the Spirit in my life. I need to let God know that I am willing to make some sacrifices in order to receive the blessings he has promised to all of us.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith throughout my life. To me, it isn't just about going to church on Sunday, it's about being Mormon all of the time. It's doing things like reading the scriptures each day...or saying a prayer each morning and night. It's about kneeling as a family before we eat dinner and praying together. It's about teaching my children the gospel as they live each day. I spend time working with the 11 year old boys through Cub Scouts. I find that Scouting and the gospel go hand in hand. We get to have fun with scouting activities while teaching how to respect God and each other. Being in the military, I've had many opportunities to live my faith when it wasn't necessarily easy. The great thing about humanity though is that most people are nice. Most people allow me to worship God without making it difficult to do so. Sure, there are some people who will never be happy with my choice, but then, I didn't make my choice to make other people happy--I made my choice to be Mormon and live every day as a Mormon to BE happy. My family is happier as we worship the Lord and serve others.