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Hi I'm Courtney E.

I grew up near Washington, DC. I'm a wife, a mom, and a college graduate. I believe Jesus Christ is my Savior. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a recent college graduate with a degree in family science and child development. For the past year I tutored children ages 5-12 in reading and math. I am a mother to a sweet little girl that always keeps me on my toes! I stay home with her during the day and keep busy with crafts, housework, errands, and playtime. Life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have learned for myself that the Book of Mormon is a true record. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith, and I know that he translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God. It is through reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible that I gained a testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ is our Redeemer. I know He loves us. I know that He died for all of us so that we can repent a live with Him and our Heavenly Father again. I am a Mormon because I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet, just like Moses, Abraham, and Isaiah. I am not a Mormon because my parents are Mormon or because my husband is a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I learned for myself that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet today, and that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer.

How I live my faith

I teach a Sunday School class called Marriage and Family Relations to a group of young adults. I am also assigned to visit with 2 women in my congregation every month. In these visits I share my testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ and address the needs of each sister. It is a rewarding, built-in service opportunity that I have grown to love.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Courtney E.
Primarily the husband's roles are to be the head of the household with his wife, to provide for the physical and spiritual needs of his family, and to protect the family from danger. The wife's primary role is to nurture the children and to be an equal partner with her husband. It is wonderful being a wife! I work alongside my best friend every day. We make decisions together, we handle finances together, we cook together. This is an amazing partnership! Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Courtney E.
Relief Society is a women's organization in the Church. Members of the Relief Society meet every week to share their testimonies of the gospel and to provide support for one another. Activities are organized monthly in which women can share their talents and interests. Whether it be changing the oil in the car or sharing a favorite recipe, these monthly activities help members to expand their talents! It's awesome! The Relief Society also has a compassionate service program in which the needs of others are fulfilled through the women in the organization. Humanitarian projects, visiting members in need, and providing uplifting comfort are all a part of Relief Society. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Courtney E.
The Holy Ghost is a spirit that the Lord chose to be our companion while we are here on Earth. He is also known as the Comforter. He is the one that helps us make choices between right and wrong; He guides to make our own decisions; He gives us comfort when we feel sad, stressed, or lonely. He helps us feel happy when we are in good places with good people. When I read the Book of Mormon for the first time, it was the Holy Ghost that helped me understand what I was reading and if the Book of Mormon was true. The Holy Ghost also helps us to know if someone needs our help or if we need to get out of a certain situation. He is our guide, and everything He tells us is what the Lord wants us to know. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Courtney E.
We Mormons are full-fledged Christians. We celebrate Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter. We celebrate national holidays and birthdays. We dress in modest clothes, but that does not mean that women wear dresses down to their ankles and men wear suits. We wear jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses, flip-flops, t-shirts, collared shirts... pretty much what everyone around us wears. There is one difference and that is modesty. We typically wear clothing that is not revealing--too tight or too low, among other things. Men and women wear shorts (or skirts) to their knee or below. We wear tops that are not cut too low. We do not show our bellies/midriff area. We wear shirts and dresses that have sleeves as opposed to straps. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Courtney E.
Definitely not! We love to help everyone! We've helped with major relief efforts, such as those for Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti. The Church has a huge humanitarian program that helps people all over the world, whether they are members of the Church or not. The humanitarian program provides things like coats, blankets, pillows, hygiene kits, wheelchairs, food, etc. to those who need them. Church leaders also constantly encourage members to reach out to those in need. Show more Show less