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Hi I'm Courtney

I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, an aunt, a teacher, a friend, and, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in California. I was the third of four children (2 boys and 2 girls). When I was 9 years old we moved from the southern part of the state to the northern part of the state where we spent the rest of my childhood and adolescence. I worked hard through high school so that I'd be able to attend the college of my choice after graduation. I chose to study elementary education and never did change my major. However, halfway through I met the man of my dreams and it just so happened that getting married required a change of schools as well. The transfer was rough but I finished my degree and am now a certified teacher. I'm currently teaching first grade in my area while my husband works on a golf course. I love to read and am always trying to find more time for it. I also enjoy spending time outdoors camping and four wheeling with my husband although we don't get away as much as we'd like. I love to be crafty when I can, specifically anything involving pictures and secretly hope to learn more about photography someday. Cooking is another passion of mine that I hope to explore more in years to come. I love the satisfaction of creating something tasting and even enjoying hosting others to share in the tastiness with! Family, friends and church are my world and I love them with all of my heart.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I chose to be. I was raised in the LDS church but made the choice myself to be baptized and continue to make the choice to be an active part of it because I have come to know of it's truthfulness through my own experiences. I believe this to be the true gospel and church given to us by a loving God. I have continually felt this witnessed to me throughout my life. I know that He is at the head of the church and communicates with a living prophet that in turn leads and guides us as the Lord would have us led. I am a daughter of God and know that He is a loving Heavenly Father to us all. I believe that he sent Jesus Christ to this earth to die for us and atone for our sins so that some day we can return to Him. This atonement not only has the power to save us from our sins but can comfort us in times of darkness and despair and enable us to have strength beyond our own. I testify of the truthfulness of this all because I have seen it in my own life. I chose to live this gospel because doing so continually blesses my life daily, therefore testifying that the principles and doctrines taught are in fact divinely given and crucial to our eternal happiness. I believe that if I continue to live by these things that are taught that I will continue to be blessed for it and eventually will be able to live with my family for all eternity. I know that we can reunited again after death in this life and am determined to do so. This gospel is everything to me for that reason. It brings me closer to the wonderful people I love and teaches me what I need to know and do to be with them forever. The gospel brings an unexplainable amount of joy to me as I live it. I do not know where I would be without it. I know it is true. I know it can bless anyone's life if they let it and I invite anyone who wants that knowledge for themselves to simply try it. The only way to gain a testimony of your own that the gospel is true is to live it and see what it does to your life.

How I live my faith

I'm currently a part of a congregation designated for the married students at my university. It is different from a typical LDS ward because students are always coming and going so the people change quite frequently. Most of the couples are quite young and we have very few children, all infants and toddlers. I work with the few children who are old enough to be separated from their mothers and attend the class set apart for their age group. I am one of the leaders designated to make sure the needs of this class are met and teachers are prepared for them each Sunday. I also have a second assignment, or calling, in the women's organization. I am in charge of a group of girls that meets regularly to plan and carry out activities for the women in our ward. The purpose of these activities ranges from fostering friendships to learning and developing skills necessary for strengthening our home and families. These meetings occur once a month in our ward and provide opportunities to be involved and continually bettering ourselves. These assignments have proved to be very rewarded for me and I enjoy fulfilling them. Being in a married student ward as I am provides unique opportunities to serve outside of these callings as well. We are all at a similar stage of life and going through the process of adjusting to marriage and even starting families. Being at school, and quite often away from our own families during this time, requires us to rely on each other much more. I am able to live my faith beyond simply fulfilling the responsibilities assigned to me by the ward leaders by supporting and serving those around me every day. Whether it be offering babysitting or lending some flour to a neighbor I am given an abundance of opportunities to provide small acts of service to those around me. It is a blessing to live so close to the other ward members and to lend and receive such support quickly whenever it is needed.