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Hi I'm Courtney

I make costumes. I am a Texan. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Texas, I love to be myself, and I love to get lost in imagination. I'm now in that part of my life where I'm supposed to take on the world and become a real adult. I graduated and have just been working to save up for a great future and at the same time I run a side business with my hobby of making costumes. I love to explore different passions and hobbies and I am actively working on completing my bucket list one item at a time. I love challenging myself – designing a costume or prop and then figuring out how to best bring it to life, overcoming obstacles, and problem solving – and I love seeing people step into their own imaginations when they don those costumes. A dream for me would be to be able to make costumes for hospitalized children or whose parents don’t have resources, so that they can become their heroes as well. I’ve seen the blessings of dressing up in those who are bullied, sometimes it can help them to overcome their hardships. I have found that for me at least, the joy is much sweeter when I don't keep it for myself.

Why I am a Mormon

Religion was always very minor to me - I did visit a lot of churches with friends, but none ever really left an impression on me. I grew up LDS, but things happened that led me to put more importance on other aspects of life. Over time I became a stranger to my family and I was at a place where I had unpleasant attitudes all the time. The future didn't seem to hold any interest or hope. And I had done things that took me far from our Father's path. I couldn't see that those behaviors which I believed made me free were actually causing my misery and constant irritation. There came a time in my life when I was in the right place, at the right time, with the right people, under the right conditions. I only recognize now how everything lined up perfectly. I found myself wondering what it really was that the Mormons believed and how it was that everyone carried such strong beliefs in the teachings I'd grown up with but never applied myself. I had been taught the gospel all my life but guess I had never listened! I met people that inspired me, who let me grow at my own pace, I read the scriptures, and I began to learn about Jesus Christ and my place here on the earth, my purpose, and what He expected me to be. Little by little over time, I grew to know Him more and more. I may not have known all the basic teachings or beliefs, but I felt a faith growing in me that I couldn't explain. It was fantastic! It felt like I was coming home, like everything was falling into place and the best way to explain it is it felt like I was remembering who I was. There came a point after many months of prayer, repentance, goals, work, and learning when I got the answer that I sought. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. I knew it, I could tell God knew that I knew it, and I just couldn't deny that fact. For me I had to live differently first to fully appreciate living the gospel and the freedom it brings. The gospel is conducive to happiness; life is just BETTER!

How I live my faith

I try to be an example of “practicing what you preach” and lifting others where I stand. Because of my hobbies, I spend a lot of time with people outside of my faith and I love being able to share what I believe, learn what they believe, and to be able to relate to one another even though we are different. It isn’t pushy, it isn’t confrontational, but rather it’s a growing experience that rounds all of us out. I feel that our task here in this world is to love one another, to help and support one another. I also volunteer with a group that dresses up in costumes to promote and teach anti-bullying practices; we found that kids are much more likely to listen to Captain America about this than some random guest teacher! I love deep conversations, teaching lessons, and leading discussions because I like to give a chance for others to share their experiences and input as well - I believe a group's greatest wealth is found in the varying characteristics and histories of each individual involved. No matter a person's background - I always find a wealth of knowledge in what they have to share. You never know when something you say could be exactly what another person needs to hear. The best feeling in the world to me is knowing that I was somewhere that I needed to be, when I needed to be there, to help someone specifically how they needed it (whether I know that's what I'm doing at the time or not!).