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Hi I'm Courtney

I grew up an Army Brat. I'm friendly, but laid back! I love trying new things, reading, and being with loved ones. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of three (and a half) siblings. I have two younger sisters than I love more than anything! I'm currently going to college to become a social worker. I absolutely love kids and want to spend my whole life trying to help them. I've never spend more than two years living in the same place (at least until I got to high school and my parents divorced), and I loved growing up that way. I had the chance to meet and love so many different types of people as I grew up, and I think that shaped a lot of my personality today. Besides school, I absolutely love reading and writing all the time. I enjoy scrapbooking and photographing. When you do get me out of the house, I love to swim, ice-skate, and hike! In about a week, I will be serving my mission is Georgia- the state that I like to call home!

Why I am a Mormon

While I grew up in the church, my parents were never what you would call consistently active. They always shared their testimony with me, but our church attendance was subjective at best. I always knew what it was, but never payed it any mind. When my parents started having problems and my dad got send to Iraq, I hit rock bottom. I decided then that there was no possible way all this fluffy church stuff could be true. I was on a downward spiral until my mom moved me to a small town in Idaho. I started attending Seminary (against my will), and something came to light in me that really was always there. The gospel gave me something to hold on to when I thought my world was ending. I finally gained a testimony of God as my FATHER, and that meant more to me than I can possibly express. I won't say that I was converted- it was more like I realized I already knew. Ever since then, even at my lowest moments, I have been able to retain my testimony of the truth of this gospel. The teachings of this church have brought me more happiness than I ever thought I could have. I love that I know for a fact that I am a child of God and that He loved us all enough to send His Son to die for our mistakes. Even on days when I don't deserve it, I am always able to see the many tender mercies that The Lord has blessed me with- not just things that I "need," but small comforts to get me through the day. If that's not love, I don't know what is. I know that this is the one true church, that Joseph Smith was a prophet and the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that, above all else, our Father in Heaven loves and knows each one of us personally.

How I live my faith

To me, it's important to not only know these things to be true, but to act on them by making the teachings into a part of my everyday life. It would be quite hypocritical of me to claim to love this gospel and not actively live my faith. I served as the service coordinator in my ward at college. My job was to set up service projects and make sure that anyone in the ward who was in need had those needs met. In addition to completing my callings in the church, I make it a point to try and serve others each and every day. While I do get involved in charity work (both through the church and on my own), I have come to realize that the greatest impact I can make is through my personal interactions with the people around me. Sometimes what people need even more than temporal help is someone to care. I show this care for those around me by visiting elderly members of my ward and always having a smile to share with those around me.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Courtney
As a church, we believe that each and every person is a beloved child of God. Because of that belief, our help extends to whoever we can, whenever we can. We are taught by Jesus' example- to help all those in need, regardless of their stance in life. Much of the money donated through our tithing, along with the time of our members and missionaries, goes to helping people all over the world, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Show more Show less