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Hi I'm Courtney

I'm a father, an optometrist, a football fan, a music lover, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an Optometrist in Rochester, MN where I live with my wife and 4 wonderful children. I met and married my wife when we were both in college. After we finished undergraduate work we moved to Chicago where we lived while I went to optometry school. Living in the big city was fun, but it was nice to come back to our small town Minnesota roots to raise our family. I'm a big Vikings fan and enjoy listening to rock music and playing guitar when I get the chance.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church shortly before I was born. I am the youngest of six children, so when my parents started learning about the Latter-Day Saint Church there were already three boys and two girls in the family. My mom has told me that one of the main reasons that she decided to learn about the church was because she was so impressed with the young missionaries who came to the house to talk with them about the church. They were different from other young men that age (about 19 -21 years old). As a mother of three boys she wanted her sons to be more like the missionaries that she had met and less like the typical young men of that age. That has always meant a lot to me. As a father myself I want my children to understand where real happiness comes from, and how to avoid the pitfalls that ensnare so many young people. The best way to do that is to help them understand who they are and what their true worth is. Each person on the Earth is a child of God with divine potential. Because God loves us he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die to atone for our sins and mistakes. When a child knows and understands this, it helps him/her raise above the things in this world that can drag him/her down and lead to unhappiness. No place I know does a better job of teaching the reality of God's love and the atonement of Christ then The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I play an active role in my church congregation. Along with attending weekly worship service, I currently serve as the financial clerk for the congregation. This means that I help manage the donations and expenditures of the congregation. This includes helping provide for people in need out of the church's extensive welfare program. The first Sunday of every month members of the church fast for two meals. The money that would have been used to purchase these meals (or often times more) is donated to help those in need. The bishop of the congregation oversees these funds and determines how they will be used. My job as Finance clerk involves helping the bishop distribute these funds and keep records to track the expenditures. Being actively involved in the Saviors command to watch over those in need is a rewarding part of my current church calling. On a day to day basis I try to live the teachings of the Savior by showing love and concern for the people I come in contact with, and remembering the love that Christ has for them.