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Hi I'm Courtney

I am a college student and a summer marching band tech. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University aiming for a major in Accounting and a minor in Family Life. When I have a spare moment (like college students ever do), I love to sew, listen to/play music, and laugh. My summers are spent as a volunteer tech for a high school band.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of devout Latter-Day Saints, so my parents were sure to teach me the Gospel from an early age. Their testimonies of its truthfulness and those that I heard at weekly services were enough to sustain me for a while, but it wasn't what caused me to know that it was true in my heart. While away at a sleep-away camp, miles from the comfort and spiritual safety of home, I was struck one night with an absolute sense of terror at the possibility that this life was all that there is; that when I died, I would simply cease to exist. My previous years of lessons from Sunday school testified of hope and continuing life after death, but in that moment the fear within me squelched any comfort I might have gleaned from the idea. The following days were filled with terrible sadness and horror as the foundation of my beliefs began to unravel; if life doesn't continue on, then do Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ really exist? At last, I found the courage to act as James 1:5 suggests, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." I knelt and earnestly pleaded with Heavenly Father to tell me if what I had grown up learning was true, and if there was hope for an eternal life. Immediately afterwards, I felt a surge of warmth that filled my heart and caused all my fears to vanish. The peace I felt that day confirmed to me the existence of a loving Heavenly Father and older brother, Jesus Christ, who gave peace to my soul and allowed me to develop a testimony of His gospel and the reality of life after death. Now, I know it's true.

How I live my faith

I attend weekly church services and happily sing in the congregation's large choir. My current opportunities for service involve making sure that each woman has visiting teachers, fellow sisters, who are ready and willing to provide service and friendship whenever needs arise.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

God has asked us to set aside 10% of our income and donate it to the Church so that it can be used for the various works within the organization. Temple construction, humanitarian efforts, and education are only a few of the areas in the Church that are funded through the willingly and faithfully-given tithes of members. While it can be an incredible sacrifice for some families to donate that 10%, we are promised in Malachi 3:8-10 that the Lord will "open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings that there will not be room enough to receive them." The Lord knows our circumstances and is that much more pleased with us when we are willing to pay tithing, despite the trials we may be facing. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Missionaries proselyte because they carry a special message that must be shared with the world, whether or not people choose to accept it. This message is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which was restored by the authority of God through Joseph Smith, Jr. It is a message of spiritual knowledge about who we were before our birth, why we are here on earth, and what lies ahead for us and the people we love who have passed away before us. It teaches us about the nature of God and how we can become like him through our experiences here. Missionaries cannot force people to accept the Gospel, but aim to simply “teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19) by seeking out and sharing it with those who will open their hearts to hear it. Show more Show less