I am Courtney.... I am a wife... I am blogger...
 AND I AM A MORMON.
(whelp, that is one way to break the ice)

Prior to blogging, I was pretty against it. 
I found blogs to be deceiving because they mainly highlighted only the greatest moments in people's lives.
To be 100% honest, I found it all a little fake and superficial.
When I finally decided to start this blog, 
my idea was to capture the simple moments in Brett's and my life... real enough right?
I must admit starting a blog was one of the greatest decisions I ever made. 
My life is no where near perfect.
I definitely have my share of flaws...
...just to name a few while we are on the subject...
I am a perfectionist to the point where I will get my undies in a bundle over things.
I abhor running and working out
I drool when I sleep
I am self conscious about my weight
I am oober competitive
I don't have an athletic bone in my body
....aaaaaaand I love teeny bopper music (yes even the biebs).
I guess prior to starting this blog I was mainly focusing on my flaws.
I found myself comparing myself to others --- thinking about the things I DIDN'T have in my life.
You know what I have learned? 
Sometimes it is too easy to miss the special blessings and tender mercies in our lives.
Especially when all we are focused on is the negative.

Starting this blog has allowed me to focus on the simple and sweet blessings in my life...
It has also made something that has always been clear to me all the more vivid...
that is...
My happiness and ability to overlook the negative in my life derives from one thing.
MY FAITH.

Before I go into much details I guess I just want to say that I am very respectful of others' religious beliefs.
I recognize that not everyone shares my same beliefs.

For those of you who have visited my blog before, you know that
 I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
It is never something that i have tried to hide.
I never hide it because it is something that brings me so much hope and happiness.
 
Even though I am no where near perfect, I know with surety that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me.
Each day, I find greater hope and happiness in that simple fact.
My beliefs are a HUGE part of my life today and the reason I have so much to look forward to.
My faith means a lot to me and so, I thought that for this post I would offer a way for you to learn a little more...especially if you’ve ever wondered what being a Mormon is all about.

In an effort to stand true to who we are and shed some light on the positive side of the LDS church
Mariel of  Or so she says gathered a group of Mormon bloggers together to share why they are Mormon.
I decided to join together with some of my favorite Mormon bloggers 

(perhaps they are some of your favorites too!) 
We would like to give you the opportunity to find out a little of what we believe and why.
 Maybe you know some of these ladies or already read their blogs too!

Camille ~ Six Sisters Stuff

Leigh Anne ~ Your Homebased Mom


Mariel ~ One She Two She

Reachel ~ Cardigan Empire


Caroline ~ Armelle Blog

Carrian ~ Sweet Basil

Melissa ~ 320 Sycamore



Shandra ~ Deals to Meals

Kristyn ~ Lil' Luna



Kelli ~ Lolly Jane

Stephanie ~ Somewhat Simple


Becky ~ UCreate

Arianne ~ Still Parenting


Shawni ~ 71 Toes


Lindsey ~ The R House



Kirsten ~ The Crafting Chicks 

Melanie ~ Sugardoodle


Shelley ~ How Does She?
Would you like to receive a free copy of the packet? 
Are you genuinely interested in finding out what makes "us" tick? 
Why we have chosen to live this religion?
Or you've just had your curiosity peeked enough and you're thinking "why not! might be a fun read."?  

How does it work? 
If you are interested in learning more about why many of your favorite bloggers are Mormon, 
send me an email with your name and mailing address to :  
 court.aitken@gmail.com
I will personally send a copy of it to you! (I will ship internationally too)
 
What will you get?:
A small booklet of the thoughts and personal feelings from  
the 30 wonderful women bloggers listed above plus a free copy of the Book of Mormon.


Why the Book of Mormon too? 
Well, because it is a major part of our lives and our religion. 
We believe The Book of Mormon to be another testament of Jesus Christ. 
 It does not replace the Bible, it goes hand-in-hand with it. 
It is the ancient records of prophets who lived in the Americas before, during and after Christ’s time on earth.

Of course you are under no obligation to read it....
 Or get baptized, or go to our church, or have 9 kids. 
What you do with it is entirely up to you, I just want you to have it.

With the blogger’s thoughts and the Book of Mormon, 
you’ll be able to get a good idea about what we believe and why being a “Mormon” is so special to us.

Because this information includes personal thoughts and stories,  
this information is only available to those who truly want to know our beliefs 
and who have an open mind and aren’t looking to ridicule or debate.

And if you’re worried that I’ll use your info to send missionaries to your home, I won’t.  
You get the packet, the Book of Mormon, and that’s it.  No strings attached.
Packages will be sent out during the last week of every month.



I just want to add that I have been a Mormon my entire life.
 I know it. I live it. I love it.
My beliefs give my life direction, 
they give me purpose and they give me comfort.


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17 comments:

  1. What a great way to share your testimony... your a great example!!

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  2. So awesome! Thanks for doing this!!

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  3. This was perfectly written! :) And your pics are beautiful.
    So happy to be part of this project with you!

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  4. Fabulous post. I love how open and honest you are. Awesome to have you part of this. Love all your pix too!

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  5. Thank you so much for this wonderful blog! Keep it up!!

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  6. This brought a tear to my eye Beautifully written! Thank-you for sharing!

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  7. Keep making things for Spanish speaking missionaries and I will send you a box of cookies in 18 months! ;)

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  8. I just found your blog and LOVE it!!!
    Thank you so much for using your talents to bless the lives of others!!!
    I hope you can continue this work...
    It is so inspirational and cheerful :)

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  9. What a great way let others read about the religion we choose to live! You do it a very friendly manner! I love that all these women are apart of this! One of these ladies is a friend and I'm so proud that you are sharing what we love to live!

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  10. Just happened upon your blog today, as I was looking for Virtue ideas for Young Women lesson. LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog! Thanks so much!

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  11. I just happened upon your blog, as I was looking for Virtue ideas for Young Women lesson. LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  12. Do you have any Kool-Aid recipes?

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  13. Thank you for sharing your Testimony to other members and non-members alike. Please know that what you said touched my heart. I look forward to using your blog as a resource and inspiration. -Your Sister in Zion.

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  14. I am grateful for the beautiful things you have created. I was looking for some nice quotes to send to my missionary daughter and you have done some darling things. I appreciate you sharing your time, talents and projects.

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  15. I totally love how you said all of that!

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  16. I absolutely LOVE how you have said this. I feel like we are REEEEALLY similar!! Annnnd I love your blog! :)


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