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Hi I'm Courtney

I'm a college student. I'm an aspiring doctor. I love music. And I'm a mormon.

About Me

My whole life I have loved music. I started playing the piano when I was 8 years old, and by the time I was 14 I started teaching piano lessons to beginning students. I also love listening to music, and I can appreciate something about nearly every genre (although electronic music and indie rock are my favorite.) For me, music is a way to express my emotions, connect with people, and feel something that words just can't describe. Learning is another thing I have always been passionate about. I love school and books and TV shows and movies- anything that can teach me something new. I'm a couple of years into my college experience, and nothing gives me more fulfillment than having the opportunity to expand my education. I especially love the sciences, and I hope to be able to go to medical school and become a doctor one day. I love that this field of study challenges me and pushes me to work hard, and I love that it will enable me to have a career in the health professions, where I will be able to help people on a personal and meaningful level every day. I grew up as the oldest sibling in my family, and for me that has always come with the responsibility to be a good example for my younger brothers and sister. I know that they are always watching me to see what I do, and so I try to live my life in a way that they can be proud of and to be someone that is worth emulating. For me, life is all about starting where I'm at, and then constantly working to become better each day.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints makes me truly happy. I have been able to learn about God's plan for His children: where I came from, the purpose of life, and what will happen after death. There is a peace and a hope that comes from having this knowledge that I simply cannot find anywhere else. I also have come to feel the love of my Savior, and I have the opportunity to take that love and share it with the people around me. A lot of my friends and close family members are not a part of my religion. They sometimes tell me that the standards we have and the commandments we are given seem too restrictive, that they prevent us from living our lives or "having fun". But the truth is that they are not a burden, in fact, they are what make me free. Because of the decision I've made to follow the commandments we have received from God, which come from the scriptures and from modern-day prophets, I am free. I am free from addiction. I am free from the despair that can come from making a crippling mistake, because I know that I can repent and be forgiven. I am free from the fear that can come from living in a war-torn and dangerous world, because I know that God is aware of us and that all things will eventually be made right. I am free because I know that death is not the end, and I can be with my family forever. I am free to choose my path in life, and I choose to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to live as Jesus Christ did. He was always so focused on other people- serving others, helping others, and loving others. In today's world, it's so easy to be self-centered and to only care about what we need or want to do for ourselves. But I have learned that true happiness comes from looking outside myself, and working to make someone else's life better. Some ways that I try to do this include doing family history work, participating in community service, and fulfilling my church responsibilities. I started working on family history by the time I was 12 years old, indexing historical records so they could be easily searchable on internet databases. Later on, I started working to build my own family tree, gathering information about my family members and figuring out who their family was, stretching back for generations. For me, it's really important to learn about and remember the stories of those who came before me, honoring my ancestors by making sure they're never forgotten. I also like to participate in community service projects whenever the opportunity arises. I've been a part of a lot of projects over the years, but some of the most memorable are making blankets & stuffed animals for children in the hospital, sending care packages to those in need of humanitarian aid, teaching English via Skype to a woman living in Chinatown, NYC, and helping out at holiday carnivals and parties at a local recreation center. There have also been many opportunities to serve through my responsibilities in the Church. I've been able to teach Sunday School classes, play the piano for the singing of hymns and musical numbers, and visit one-on-one with other women of the ward to offer them love and companionship by being a friend they can turn to. All the little things add up. It may not seem like one person can make a whole lot of difference, but I know that these small and simple things can make a huge impact on the lives of those we serve.