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Hi I'm Courtney

About Me

I was born in Canada and lived there until I moved to the USA to study biology. I met my husband during my second year of university and we were married a year later. I graduated several years ago and worked as a laboratory technician until my husband graduated. We welcomed our first child into our family just before he graduated and he stayed home with the baby until he could find a teaching job. Now he's a special education teacher and we have moved back to Canada. I am a stay at home mom of two.

Why I am a Mormon

I have read the Book of Mormon and I know that it is the word of God because the Holy Spirit has testified the truth of it to me. I also know, through the Holy Ghost, that Thomas Monson is God's prophet on the earth today and that Joseph Smith was a prohpet chosen by God to organize His church. Living my religion makes me happy. I find peace and comfort in the doctrines of the Church and in the practice of my faith.

How I live my faith

Since Mormons believe that families are central to God's plan for us, we live our faith in our homes every day. My husband and I pray individually and together every day (or at least we mean to! We're not perfect.). We read the Bible and the Book of Mormon regularly by ourselves and as a family. We also make sure to set aside one night a week exclusively for family time. That night we usually spend some time reviewing or talking about our beliefs and some time having fun together with our children. Throughout the week I try to talk to my children about Jesus Christ and His gospel informally and answer their questions as they come up. On Sundays my husband and I go to church with our kids. We take bread and water in remembrance of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Then we listen to other members of the congregation speak about our basic beliefs as assigned by our bishop, who is a volunteer chosen to head the congregation. Then the adults attend classes while the children sing together and attend classes according to their age. Teenagers are also organized into classes according to their age. I am assigned to teach and watch over the 12-13 year old girls. On Sundays I teach lessons according to the outlines in the Church produced manual that is used all over the world. One night a week I meet with the girls and their other leaders for an activity that the girls have planned and that the leaders have helped them prepare. The girls often choose to plan activities that help them learn new skills, stay active, or service projects.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Courtney
Mormons believe that sex is sacred because it is part of God's plan. Sex is meant to be shared only between a husband and wife who are legally married as an expression of love and also as a beautiful way for God to share His creative powers with us by allowing us to bring children into the world. People who are not married to each other should not have sex or arouse sexual feelings in each other or themselves. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Courtney
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God and His Son, Jesus Christ. The way Mormons feel about Joseph Smith is somewhat comparable to the House of Israel's relationship to Moses in the Bible. There is a clear distinction between God and the prophet, who speaks with God. To Mormons, Joseph Smith is a very important prophet who was an instrument in God's hands in bringing forth the Book of Mormon and in setting up the organization of the God's church as it was when Jesus was on the earth. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Courtney
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints believe in Christ. We worship Him. We consider ourselves Christians because He is the center of our religion. We define "Christian" as those who believe in and worship Christ and we fit that definition. Some people do not consider us Christians because we do not accept the idea of the trinity. We believe that God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are separate beings who are one in purpose. We believe that God and Jesus Christ each have their own body because Joseph Smith had a vision in which he saw God, the Father, and Jesus Christ standing next to each other. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Courtney
First of all, these are vicarious baptisms we are talking about. There is no exhuming bodies involved. And secondly, we do these baptisms in hope that they will be accepted by the spirit of the person for whom they are performed. We do not think that we are forcing these people to be baptized. We are offering them the choice. There is evidence for vicarious baptisms in the Bible. Paul uses the fact that vicarious baptisms were being performed to prove the resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:29 says, "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?" Basically, he says, "What's the point of vicarious baptisms if there is no resurrection?" I agree. There would be no point. To enter the kingdom of heaven we have to be baptized (John 3:5). So in order for our families to be together with God, we must all be baptized. We do baptisms for the dead because we love our ancestors. We want them to have the opportunity to be saved. Show more Show less