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Hi I'm Courtney

I'm getting a master's degree in entomology. I love animals, bugs, science, home improvement, and making dessert. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In college I studied animal science, and then I worked for 10 years as a vet tech. At that point I decided to go back to school, where I earned a master's degree in veterinary public health. While I was working on that degree I fell in love with bugs and decided to pursue a second master's degree in entomology, which I'm working on currently. I enjoy doing home improvement projects and yard work, riding my bike, writing, watching movies, spending time with my family, being an aunt, crossword puzzles, reading, road trips, and theater. (I recently saw "Wicked" for the second time and it was soooo good!). I'm not married yet, but I can't wait to have kids and teach them all kinds of nerdy science-y stuff. Until then I will teach it all to my nieces and nephews and any other unsuspecting victims that I can!

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of this church all my life, but I continue to grow my own testimony of the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the past few years I have truly come to appreciate the workmanship of the Lord's hands and the beauty and elegance in the design of His creations. In a biological field I am constantly surrounded by ideas that suggest there is no God or that if there is a God, he is an aloof being who has nothing to do whatsoever with any of us or the world we live in. One of my favorite scriptures is found in the Book of Mormon in Alma 30:44 where Alma testifies to Korihor that, "...all things denote there is a God." I love this and I feel the truth of it the more I learn about the natural world. I am also so thankful for temples. The temple is truly a refuge from the world--a place that is apart from influences that would draw me away from the Savior. It is a place of learning and peace, and a place to feel as close to Heavenly Father as I can.

How I live my faith

I work with the youth (specifically young women ages 12-18) at church. I enjoy their enthusiasm, their energy, and their endless possibility. As most people know, teen years can be a really trying time, but I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I can to help them successfully navigate through it.