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Hi I'm Kortney Tankersley!

I grew up in AZ in a nonreligious family. I joined the church in high school & am now serving in the Washington DC South mission.

About Me

I LOVE sports! I have been super athletic my entire life and love playing all kinds of sports (mainly swimming and softball). This has made me a very outgoing and sociable person, or so I'd like to think; I love being around others. I attended Brigham Young University for a year before deciding to serve a mission. I am now putting my education on pause for 18 months in order to serve the people of Virginia (Washington DC South mission is located in Virginia). I started investigating The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in middle school when I was only 13 years old and was baptized in 2014 -- my senior year of high school. I have a strong testimony of this Jesus Christ, His Atonement, and His gospel. I am proud to serve the Lord for these 18 months months in order to brings the truths I've come to know and love to others. I know, live, and love this sweet gospel very much.

Why I am a Mormon

I remember the first time I had a desire to learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was rather young but very motivated. I was feeling a bit lost without any religion in my life and wanted to know what it was like to be a part of this kind of organization. I wanted to decide for myself what I was going to believe instead of just following in my parent's footsteps. This was difficult. Straying from my parent's beliefs was nerve racking and uncomfortable at times, however, this gospel provides more comfort than I could ever ask for. After many years of studying and practicing this religion, I gained a testimony that I hold strong to, one in which continues to grow each day. I truly believe this gospel can heal even the most distressed souls. I know from experience that it is not always easy to live the gospel with the surrounding world, but it is ALWAYS worth it. There is nothing truer in life than the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know this and acknowledge it with deep love and appreciation. I am eternally grateful to have found my path in this earthly life and for the opportunity I have to bring this gospel to others so they can experience the glories and blessings I have. I am a Mormon. I know. I live it. I love it.

How I live my faith

As I've said a time or two, I am currently serving an 18 month long mission in the Washington DC South area. This means I give up school, friends, family, etc. for 18 months and focus primarily on spreading the gospel to the world. Ever since I came to know and love this church I've always wondered how I can give back for all the blessings I've received because of it. Serving a mission was not necessarily appealing to me at first, but once I realized that I was being called by God to do so, I knew it must be done an I was ecstatic to give back to so many what I have gotten all these years: pure love and blessings. It is such an honor for me to do this work!

What is faith?

Kortney Tankersley!
The easiest way to think of faith is to compare it to a seed. Sometimes seeds fall on the ground at random, and other times they are planted by certain people for specific reasons. Regardless of how it is planted, a seed can not grow without nourishment; therefore, it gets watered and nourished in order to blossom and grow. This is how faith works. Faith is a desire to believe and trust in God and the willingness to act on these beliefs. It is not just an adjective, it is an action and power. In order to gain more faith, one most nourish their "seed." When given an impression or burst of faith, one must act on it. This, in turn, will allow for it to grow until it flourishes. It is most incredible to see a small burst of faith blossom into an unwavering faith in the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, just as a seed blossoms into a full grown tree. Show more Show less