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Hi I'm Courtney!

I was born and raised in California. I play the cello. I love owls. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the Church. I was baptized in 2010. My story is much like anyone else's. I am nobody special nor have I done big things in my life. I love to laugh and have fun with my friends, like a normal twenty year old, and I love music. I have been playing the cello for 13 years and I absolutely love it. It drives me to perfection sometimes and pushes me to be better always. I am currently going to school for Nursing, so that I can help people and care for the sick. I have always identified myself as a person born in the wrong era because I love all things that have to do with the '40s. I love my family more than anything in the world. Overall, I am a fairly passionate person when it comes to my life. But I absolutely love my life and couldn't imagine living it any other way.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a convert to the church, I am no stranger to telling my conversion story. I started investigating about a year before I was baptized. All my life I had been searching for something that I could understand and know and that would give me strength and love all at the same time. So when I met my Mormon friend Brandie, I didn't even hesitate to start asking away. Meanwhile, my sister (who was 12 at the time) also began investigating the Church. Reluctantly, she dragged me to church Easter morning. I had never before felt the love of God so strong. Coming from a family that really did not belong to a specific religion this was a new concept entirely. I knew God was real, but everything else was shaky. It wasn't until Easter morning, the morning I first felt peace and strength and love all at the same time, that I knew exactly what I had been searching for my entire life. As I went through my first Mormon church experience, listening to the talks of our Savior Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice, I knew that this was where I needed to be at that very moment. I then began to meet with the Missionaries and slowly brought my family along. We were all baptized as a family. And it will forever be the best day of my life. I know that this is the true church, restored on the earth today through a living prophet named Joseph Smith. I know that Heavenly Father loves me with an unconditional love and because of that, He sent His only begotten son Jesus Christ to atone for our sins so that we may one day return to our Father in Heaven. I know that there is a living prophet on the earth today named Thomas S. Monson and I am so grateful for his guidance. I know this all to be true and pray that the power of the Holy Ghost may speak to you of the truthfulness. And this I say in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attempting to do as the Lord would have me do. In my Young Single Adults branch, I am many things! I am the Branch Missionary, which is a wonderful opportunity to serve my branch and the Lord by teaching alongside Missionaries in our area. I also am a music conductor. I absolutely love this job because it allows me to be submerged in music all the time. I am responsible for find special musical numbers, conducting music, and allowing the Holy Spirit to be in the room through music. I also attend almost everything that my branch does! I love going to the daily activities we do and being with my branch family. It is such an uplifting experience to be in my branch because I am constantly surrounded by people my age who want to be good people and have the same morals as I do. They keep me grounded and help me to remember what truly matters in life. Without my branch family, my testimony would never be as strong as it is now.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are absolutely great! We do believe that men and women are equally important. We believe each to have a specific role in this life. For Fathers; they are the providers and protectors. For Mothers; we have a divine calling as mothers and nurturers. We are both so important to Heavenly Father's plan for us that without one another, we would be incomplete! Show more Show less