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Hi I'm Courtney

I grew up in both California and Utah. I move about every 6 months and I love new places. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm not what most call normal. As a result of my parents divorce, I have four parents all from different parts of the world. They are El Salvadorian, Samoan, Asain, European, and American. Even my parents were of mixed cultures. While many children don't get along with their stepparents, I'm glad to say that I've always loved mine. I've had all the laughs, arguements, and love I could ever have asked from them. As a result of being exposed to these cultures and wonderful parents, I have a great interest in people. I love trying to understand perspectives and beliefs. If someone talks, I definitely listen.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love including God in my life. I wasn't brought up with all the teachings Mormons follow but I was exposed to bits and pieces of it. As I grew up, I noticed how living these bits and pieces strengthened my bond with God. One night, I decided to ask if the Book of Mormon was true. The sister missionaries gave me a child's Book of Mormon which had pictures of a man kneeling in prayer and asking the same question. I was unfamiliar with answers to prayer and decided to follow the pictures like an instruction manual. I tried my best to look just like the picture with my knees bent on the floor, head bowed, and arms crossed. My first attempt received no answer. I opened my eyes and was wondering if I was doing it wrong. I re-examined the pictures and double checked if I was doing it right. I felt certain I was and proceeded to ask again. I just knew He had to answer because I was following the prayer steps perfectly. Then something happened. I felt an energetic peace I can't completely describe. I felt goose bumps on my skin and my heart began to race. It's true! I got my answer! I thanked God for this experience and, although it was very late, I jumped to my feet to tell my mom. I was so excited, I practically yelled, "Mom! I just prayed and I know the Book of Mormon is true!" She looked at me like I was a crazy person and said, "That's nice.... Now, go to bed." I was completely stunned. I had this amazing experience and she didn't seem to care. How could she not care? Looking back, I realize she probably thought this was one of my sleep walking episodes but at the time I was so confused. If she didn't care, then why did I? Why did this mean so much to me? Luckily, my life has answered those questions and continues to answer them. My mom didn't understand what I was trying to say at that exact moment but she found out quickly. Through my continual efforts to live my life by the teachings of this church, I know why I care about being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

One thing that I have learned from living this gospel is that my life is not meant to be lived alone. It is so easy to become self-absorbed and selfish in this world and I'm so happy the church helps to overcome this pit fall. I have served in a few ways such as visiting my fellow church goers and coordinating teaching discussions and activities. Whenever I sacrifice my time for the things the Lord would have me do, I have a better sense of what happiness means.