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Hi I'm Courtney Barnum

I'm 21 years old. I recently married my best friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I come from a blended family of seven brothers and a sister. I also have two half sisters. I am the middle child in my family. I graduated high school and shipped off to BYU to join my siblings. I finally decided on my major of Recreational Therapy and hope to go on to work in Social Work. Last year I met my best friend and we got married for time and all eternity in the temple of the Lord!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon, not because I was raised in the church, but because I have come to learn of its truthfulness on my own. When I went off to school it would have been easy to stop going if I had wanted- but being on my own I know of its importance. Being a part of the gospel makes me happy, and I can see the hand of God in my daily life. I have struggles but the gospel helps me overcome and find true joy. It was also very important for me to be married in the temple so I could be with my family and husband for eternity.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living to the honor code require to attend BYU. I live the honor code, not because it is necessary to attend my college, but because I know that the honor code are just written guidelines to living the gospel. Even if I didn't attend my current university- the honor code would be prevalent in my life.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Courtney Barnum
My family is my life. As a Mormon- we know that our families can be together forever. Literally forever. Each one of my family members have taught me in some way how to love, serve, and laugh. They have taught me how to be a better woman, citizen, and just a better human being. I learn new things from my family on a daily basis- and who wouldn't want to learn good and wholesome things forever? The person I married was also a big decision, because besides falling in love with them, I was choosing the father of my future children and the man that I was going to be with forever. It is important for me to raise my children in the gospel and I wanted a man that would live righteously as a good example for them. Forever is a lot longer than "until the divorce" or "'til death do us part." My family will be with me forever if we make the right decisions and live the gospel. Show more Show less