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Hi I'm Courtney

I love piano and ukulele. I have a pet cactus. I'm a carrot enthusiast. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the great state of Illinois. I graduated with an associates degree in arts and hope to continue my education with a major in music, emphasis on piano. Before I do that, however, I am serving a full time mission in Orem, Utah! I am the third in my family to serve, and with six younger siblings, I won't be the last! Some of my favorite memories include sitting around campfires with my friends while playing ukulele, singing, and laughing. Also, going camping with my family in the beautiful and historical city of Nauvoo, Illinois every summer.

Why I am a Mormon

Being able to visit Nauvoo so often while growing up is a huge part of why I am a Mormon today. Nauvoo is where the members of the early church settled for a short time, where they built a temple, and where they began their long journey west to Utah. There is such a beautiful and special feeling there that is indescribable and impossible to replicate anywhere else. As I visited the different houses and shops, and walked on the trail the pioneers did, it wasn't a question of whether or not Joseph Smith was a prophet. It was and still is a simple fact that everything he taught is real and correct. That was the first thing in this church I really learned for myself was true. I still had things I was unsure about, of course, but my wonderful friends were always an example to me. Their own strong testimonies helped me gain one too. I continue every day to live the teachings of this gospel, because I know it is true. It makes me a better person and has helped me overcome obstacles that otherwise would have been much worse. It is the infinite source of my joy and hope and peace.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by improving myself little by little every day. One of the greatest things about this church is that you don't have to make the same mistakes again again. Nor do they define who you are. You can always start from right where you are and become something you never would have dreamed possible. I gain strength and hope from daily scripture study and sincere, heartfelt prayer. With that, I set goals for myself and then I meet those goals. When I improve and lift up myself, I can help others do the same, so they can feel the indescribable joy and peace that comes from following Jesus Christ. I also teach a class of 5-year-old children every Sunday and, as mentioned above, am serving as a full time missionary.