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Hi I'm Cortney

I'm a traveler, I do half marathons, I am loud outgoing and fun. I love people! I'm serving a mission in Estonia and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Hello, my name is Cortney. I am a 23 year old American. I have lived in multiple places including Ohio, Kentucky and England. I have finished my MA in Art History and Visual Culture. I love people and look forward to serving as a full-time missionary for the Church in the Baltic Mission, where I will be serving in Estonia!

Why I am a Mormon

I was not always a member of the church. I was raised in a Christian family, baptized once at birth and again at the age of 8. As a teenager I began to have some questions and started looking at different churches for the answers. One night after moving to London, I prayed to God and asked for some direction. Not long after that prayer did I come in contact with a friend who was a LDS member. It is interesting that even in early conversations we had about the church, and beliefs of LDS that a lot of my questions were answered. Eventually I started to read the Book of Mormon so I could find out what made it so special to the church. Through this time I noticed how much I was praying and turning to scriptures and God for help with my problems. Getting more active in scripture reading and asking more questions made me realize that I needed to attend church. At church I was greeted multiple times and introduced to the missionaries. I was lucky that on my first Sunday all of the talks were on conversion stories. I was touched most by a talk that a brother gave about finding his own light instead of relying on the light of others. As I read more, prayed more and got to know the members of the church I was asked about baptism multiple times, always making an excuse. One night I was reading the scriptures and I recognized that I was no longer just reading a story. Somewhere along I had started to believe that it was true. On March 17th I was baptized and it was such a beautiful experience, My life has changed so much since then. By getting involved in YSA, Institute, the Relief Society and members I have developed an amazing church family. Trips to the temple and attending Sacrament Meeting help me to grow in the gospel and develop a testimony of my own. I have changed a lot since beginning to read the Book of Mormon, it is amazing how close I feel to God and how simply wonderful it is to know that I have finally found the church I have spent years searching for.

How I live my faith

Since becoming a member of the church I have become as active as possible. I don't think that being a member means only attending church on Sunday. Other than going to the weekly Sacrament Meeting, I attend a Family Home Evening with some of my friends, and Institute, a weekly study group for young single adults. I am active in my calling with the young women (12-18 year old girls in the church), and I help to organize events with all of my friends so that we can get together and share positive experiences, and have fun. I love to travel to conventions and attend dances, where I can get to know new people. I feel that because I am a daughter of God, I should live my life in a way that would make him proud. I follow the Commandments to the best of my abilities and try to serve as an example of living in a Christ like way. By being close to other members of the church and trying to serve them as much as possible I consider everyone to be part of my family. =) By choosing to serve a full time mission I hope to share the love of Christ with everyone that I teach.