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Hi I'm Courtney

I am a student, a lover of singing, a friend, a big sister, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life is constantly filled with music. I love to sing, listen to music, and I am continuously attempting to play guitar and piano. I also enjoy sports; I don't excel at many of them but enjoy them anyway! I love dancing, soccer, basketball, football, swimming, volleyball, and others. I am a bit of a nerd with my love for LOTR, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Big Bang Theory and Star Wars. My friends and I love to watch movies but we also love to be spontaneous and go on adventures. I am the oldest child in my family. First to graduate, first to go to college, and first to be preparing for a mission. I have a brother that is just a year younger than I am. We are very close and look out for each other. I have three younger sisters, one of which has down syndrome; she is such a blessing. We have 7 people total in my family and have lived in Utah for about 13 years. Things haven't always been easy for us and sometimes we're better at family scripture study/prayer than we are at others.. but despite that, the gospel of Jesus Christ is at the core of my family and is what helps us through the rough spots. I am currently attending Brigham Young University (Provo) for Spring and Summer semesters; after-which, I plan to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love meeting people and serving others. The gospel is central to who I am and the powerhouse of my happiness. I would love to take the opportunity to share that with others.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born in California, I have spent most of my life growing up in Utah...in "the bubble". I live in an area where almost everyone is Mormon and I have been raised going to church, ward activities, and practicing my religion at home. It always bothered me when I was asked if I just believed in the gospel because my parents did. Both of my parents' families are converts to the church and had the opportunity to decide for themselves whether or not to join the church. Even though my generation is the first to be raised in the church, I too have the same opportunity to decide. When I was about 15 I really started thinking..."Do I know that the church is true?", "Why am I doing what I do?", "Am I only believing because everyone I know does?". I thought about these questions for awhile and looked to the bible in James 1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." I began to pray to know the truth. For awhile I wasn't sure I was getting an answer at all but I soon realized that I had the answer already. I knew then, just as I know now, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church. I don't know this because of scientific explanations or because I've been told to believe; I know the truth because I have felt it. The feeling of warmth..comfort..peace has filled me on many occasions: as I've gone to church, when I study the Book of Mormon, and when I pray to my Father in Heaven. The gospel has given my life purpose, direction and hope. I know I am never alone and I am loved. In my most painful moments I have felt the love of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and my Heavenly Father so distinctly. My Heavenly Father knows me, what I need, and what I am capable of better than I know myself; I know that if I put my faith in Him, that I will have nothing to fear. I will always "Doubt my doubts, before I doubt my faith".

How I live my faith

I live my faith on a daily basis through my actions, thoughts and words. I try and read my scriptures and pray daily (which somedays are better than others..); serve my family, friends, and people I come in contact with; and each Sunday I teach Primary. Primary is the church class for children ages 3-12. They are divided up into age groups and we sing, read scripture stories and teach of Jesus Christ. I have been asked to teach the 4 & 5 year olds and I love it so much! I do enjoy teaching them, but I learn from them every week as well. They are innocent, and love unconditionally. These children show me how I can be more Christ-like and encourage me to be better. Once a month, I participate in Visiting Teaching. This is where another woman in the ward comes with me to visit 2 different women and share a message with them but more importantly, find out how they are doing. When my visiting teachers come and see me it helps me feel more included in our ward and I know that these women would help me with anything that I need. They sincerely care about me. These opportunities to serve and be served strengthen me and is one of many ways that I live my faith. People sometimes say that the church oppresses its women but in reality we are respected and entrusted with so much. I am given the responsibility to know and defend the divine roles of women, which include that of wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. I hope to be able to fulfill these roles in life and be able to lift others up. I love being a woman and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.