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Hi I'm Whitney

I grew up in the sunny state of Florida. I am a general surgery resident. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I studied Physiology and Developmental Biology in college with a minor in Chemistry. As a female, I know what it’s like to be a relative minority in scientific academia, though there are more and more women now going into the sciences! Although the culture is such that many LDS women marry relatively young and start families, I never felt that I was discouraged from pursuing my educational interests. At the same time, I appreciated the tempering counsel to continue to make having a family a top priority. Being a wife and mother are the most rewarding and eternally significant things I can become, but everyone’s timetable of life is different and I think it’s important to learn from and make the most of each stage. I went to medical school in Arizona and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and personal growth. I can say from personal experience that it is possible to do well in your chosen profession without compromising your beliefs. For example, I made a commitment to keep the Sabbath day holy by not studying on Sunday, and I testify that God helped me manage my time and study more effectively during the rest of the week. The sacrifices that you make for your Heavenly Father will help you come closer to Him, and to see His hand/love more clearly/frequently in your life. I am now doing a residency in general surgery in Arizona. I look forward to the coming challenges and opportunities for growth. We can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth us!

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents joined the LDS faith about a year before I was born and we were sealed together as a family when I was 2 months old. During my 18 years growing up at home, I’ve seen first hand how consistently practicing the gospel of Jesus Christ can literally change human nature and enhance all aspects of life. Though we all have had and will continue to have challenges and struggles from living in an imperfect world, I can honestly say that living the gospel of Jesus Christ brings peace, confidence, love, and safety, and can make home a piece of heaven on earth. I had the opportunity to serve for 18 months as a full-time missionary for the LDS church in Eugene, OR. That experience helped me see how the gospel really does apply to every person in every situation. The gospel of Jesus Christ was designed by a loving Heavenly Father for EVERY culture, nation, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and political party. We are all His children and can all come closer to Him by keeping His commandments.

How I live my faith

Sometimes people ask me what it’s like being a Mormon on the east coast where the church is a relative minority. As in any geographical area, the key is to make sure YOU respect all beliefs and kindly, but firmly, stay true to and defend the gospel of Jesus Christ. As the world continues to change, there will be more and more opportunities to take a stand over a variety of issues. In my local congregation, I have the opportunity to teach doctrinal classes to members of the congregation.