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Hi I'm Courtney

I live in Southern California, attend Brigham Young University Provo, and am the second oldest of six children. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I played basketball and tennis in high school and graduated as a valedictorian in 2014. I now attend Brigham Young University and will soon leave on a mission to Redlands California, 45 minutes from where I live. I love to read and play games (card games, board games, party games, I love them all!), but mostly I just love to be with my friends. I like playing sports and am pretty competitive but I am not a big fan of watching professional sport teams. I'm a relatively simple person: I like to have fun and to laugh out loud, I love Italian food, and I can't stand raisins.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes sense. The eternal principles as established by the Book of Mormon parallel those of the Bible and reflect a constant and unchanging God. Through the church I have been taught lessons that better prepare me to flourish in this life and the next and I have been able to receive personal revelation confirming to me that Christ suffered in the Garden for my sins and that, through obedience to the commandments of God, I can one day be perfected and return to live with God in His kingdom. This Gospel is about hope, it is about happiness, and it is about families. I have seen the impact that the Gospel has had in my life as I have been diligent in living its principles. My non-Mormon friends have asked me how I can be so happy all of the time and I testify that it is because I have found the truth. I know that there is a plan for me and that God is loving and will always look out for me, no matter what happens. I know that this life is only temporary and that if I follow the commandments of my Heavenly Father that I can be purified and return to His presence. I know that families are eternal and that my youngest brother, who was still-born when I was ten, is waiting for me and my family to return and be together forever. I know that this is the true church the same way that anyone can know the truth of a spiritual matter; I have asked God and through the whisperings of the Holy Ghost, in both my mind (through revelation) and my heart (through inspiration), the truth has been made manifest to me. Moroni 10: 3-5

How I live my faith

Before I graduated I was a leader in my ward for the girls in my age group. As I left my home and went to college I was called as my ward librarian, a calling I loved because I got to meet a lot of the other people in my ward. As part of this calling I was able to go to meetings to plan the activities in my ward and had so much fun getting to know the other members of that committee. I also have served as a visiting teacher, which is basically a peer mentor and confidant for a few of the other sisters in the ward. I got to know the people I "visit taught" on a close level and am happy to now call them my friends.

What is being a Mormon like?

Courtney
For the most part, it's great! The church has a wonderful network for developing friendships, having a family, etc. The values that the Gospel embraces help to keep our lives clean, happy, and free from regrets. Granted, it isn't always easy to be Mormon. The principles of modesty are getting harder to uphold as modest clothing is not always in style or available and the standards that we hold ourselves to can create awkward social situations as some people do not understand why we have such high values. There is occasional persecution from people that disrespect our beliefs. However, I would not trade my religion for all of the ease and approval that not being Mormon would give me. The benefits and happiness that this Gospel brings are infinitely greater than the temporary satisfaction offered by the world. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Courtney
A lot of people think that Mormons proselyte because we want people to convert, and that's true. But it is only because we know how much joy and peace the Gospel can bring into people's lives and we want to spread that joy to everyone we can. Imagine you discover the cure to the common cold. Wouldn't you want to tell as many people as possible in order to end the suffering of others? The Gospel is the cure to many of this world's common doubts and sorrows, almost all of which last significantly longer than a cold. We are simply trying to spread the cure to as many as will hear our message. However, the missionaries will never force the Gospel on anyone. It is the individual's personal decision to accept what they tell him/her. Show more Show less