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Hi I'm Cortney

I'm just an average woman trying to live a good life with my family and make the world a little bit better. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Cortney. I enjoy being busy and productive. My husband would classify my personality as a "list maker". I love being in the outdoors: camping, hiking, boating, and horse back riding. I love spending time with my immediate and extended family. I have a tender place in my heart for children, animals, and anyone in need. I teach 3rd grade for a living but my most exciting job is that I get to be a mom. Becoming a mother was a long hard road for me but after 6 years of marriage, my husband and I were able to adopt our son this August. Our difficult journey in becoming parents has given me a different outlook on life and made me a better person. Through all of our infertility struggles, we decided to find other ways to be parents to children that are not our own. We try to be a good influence to all of the children in our lives whether our associations come through church, being a teacher, being a neighbor, or an aunt and uncle. We also like to have an "open door policy" at our home. We have had great and difficult experiences doing foster care and are currently hosting two exchange students. One is from Thailand and the other is from Germany. Sometimes I feel different and even inadequate as a mother and homemaker in my community. Social media, arts/crafts, decorating, shopping, and Pinterest are not my areas of expertise.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an LDS family. However, I didn't get my own testimony that this was the true church till I was about 17 years old. In fact, I fought against my parents in making me participate in church activities. I didn't have a desire to know if this was the true church because I didn't want to be accountable for following all the rules. If I didn't believe it was true, then I wouldn't be accountable- which was a little ironic since I really never had any desire to sin. I had a bad attitude and a hard heart. I had church leaders that went above and beyond their call of duty to love me for who I was. They genuinely cared about me. I'm sure they had to pray in order to genuinely feel that love, since I made myself rather unlovable. They came to my dance concerts, rode horses with me, listened to me talk about unimportant teenage drama, took me on road trips, and just loved me. They didn't force me to follow all the rules but loved me and encouraged me. The love was contagious and pretty soon I was loving them, loving God, loving everybody, and loving the gospel! I was even loving myself a little bit. The gospel of Jesus Christ made me happy. That is where my testimony started. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about LOVE. Once I knew that, I continued to live gospel principals, I got strong feelings of joy and love that helped me know that other parts of the gospel were true. Slowly I learned that Joseph Smith was a prophet for myself. Then I knew that the Book of Mormon was true because of that same strong feeling of love and joy. My testimony is still growing just a little at a time. It is still small and simple but I do know for sure that Heavenly Father and Jesus love me. I know that this is their church and we have a prophet on Earth. And because I know that, nothing else matters. The rest of my testimony will come with time and strict obedience.

How I live my faith

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have a very black and white personality which can be both a blessing and curse. Listening to general conference a few years ago, there was a talk given by Niel L. Andersen entitled, "It's True Isn't It? Then What Else Matters?" I took this talk to heart and have turned that phrase into my personal motto for living the gospel. I have a testimony of Jesus Christ and of his church and the leaders that he has called. Because I know it's true, nothing else matters. If our church leaders ask us to do something, I do it... or feel extremely guilty if I don't. As part of being a member of the LDS church, we are asked to serve in certain callings or do certain jobs for the church organization. I have been asked to help be a leader to youth- age girls in teaching lessons and planning activities. I have been asked to be a leader in the Boy Scouts of America program. Currently I am one of three women in charge of the spiritual well being of the 100 plus children in our neighborhood. We organize teachers for them at church and programs for them to participate in. We visit them, teach them, pray for them and let them know how much we love them and our Heavenly Father loves them. Even though none of these callings were things that I would volunteer to spend my time doing, I do them. I know the gospel is true, so despite my uncertainty and inadequacy, when the church leaders ask me to do something I do it. And in each case I learn more about myself, learn to love others even more, and my testimony of Christ grows. As a member of Christ's church we like to make our home a place where we can feel his spirit. We learn and talk about Jesus Christ in our home and surround ourselves with things that help us think of him. My goal, is to do my very best to learn about Christ and follow what he teaches as well as his example every single day. It's a work in progress... nobody is perfect but Him.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Cortney
There are certain laws of nature that are just true no matter what. Gravity is a perfect example. Whether or not you believe in it, know about it, or like it, you still have to live with the law of gravity. God lives by these laws too. There are more laws of nature that many people on Earth don't know about. One of those laws is an eternal law that no unclean thing (non-perfect thing) can enter Heavenly Father's kingdom. Another law is Justice. Heavenly Father sent us to Earth to get a body and to have the chance to learn and progress so we can learn the necessary things to prepare us to become God's like him and to live with him. If we make mistakes and become unclean, then it would be against the laws of nature for us to be able to live in his kingdom (heaven) again. We would also have to satisfy the demands of justice and be punished for our sins and imperfections. Because Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, and because he was a divine being, he was able to take the punishment for everyone's sins and imperfections on Earth. That is what the atonement is. When we repent of our sins we are accepting his sacrifice in place of our eternal punishment for our sins and imperfections. If you repent correctly, through Jesus Christ you can change the kind of person you are and you become the kind of person who will feel at home in Heavenly Father's Kingdom. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Cortney
I think that many people believe or hope that they can be united wish their family after they die but don't know for sure. I know for certain that Jesus Christ made it possible for me to be with my family forever and I am so grateful for that knowledge. When Christ was on the earth, he gave power to His disciples to seal families together forever when He said, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19). Through the restoration of the gospel through Joseph Smith, Christ's priesthood is on the earth again today. Certain church leaders have certain keys of the priesthood that give them the authority to perform ordinances here on earth, that are also valid in heaven. They can perform the ordinance of sealing in the LDS temples that are dedicated to Heavenly Father. When they marry, or seal a family here on earth, it is accepted in Heaven as well because they are using the authority of Jesus Christ. I have a special testimony of this truth since I was able to take my adopted baby to the temple with me and get him sealed to me, "for time and all eternity." The feeling I felt that day confirmed to me that the priesthood keys of the sealing power are very real. I am so grateful for that! Show more Show less