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Hi I'm Whitney

I am a scientist and work with DNA. I grew up in Arizona and Utah. I love my family and animals. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am in my late twenties and have graduated with a bachelors in Biology and a masters in Physiology and Developmental Biology. I married my best friend after knowing each other for about a year after meeting in college and we have been married almost 6 years now. I work in a DNA sequencing lab where I work with some really cool and technologically amazing pieces of equipment. I love to tell people that science and religion reinforce each other and science definitely does not discount religion. Science has only strenghtened my belief in a Supreme Being, God. I have been around animals my whole life I have grown up with many different pets cats, dogs, horses, parrots, cockatiels, geckos, hamsters, mice, chickens, fish etc and have worked in veterinary hospitals during my summers in between college semesters. I have delt with depression since I was in high school, but with the help of loving friends and family, my beliefs and a good doctor and medication, I am able to live a happy and full life. I am an avid reader. I love to read fiction, but I do try to broaden my horizons with the occaisional nonfiction book too. I have an amazing husband who makes everyday fun and happy, a wonderful mom and dad, and a younger sister and a young brother whom I love too. I have a wonderful family of in-laws which I am so fortunate to love and get along with.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon home. My parent's were both raised Mormon. I went to church every Sunday and grew up in a home where there was no alcohol, smoking, swearing, or even rated-R movies and as a family we read scriptures together, prayed together and had many discussions about religious prinicples. When I was about 15 years old I knew that I needed to find out what I really believed. I couldn't just continue to do things just because that was what I had been taught. I needed to know I was living my life in a very particular way for a good reason. I read the entire Book of Mormon and came to a scripture at the end that counselled the reader to ask God if these things meaning the Book of Mormon were true Moroni 9 3-5. I finished one night before I went to bed. After finishing the book, I took time to think about the things that were taught in it. I resolved before starting my prayer to not get up and get back into bed until I had an answer. I then knelt on my knees beside my bed and said a prayer to God, asking him if the things in the Book of Mormon really happened and if the things taught in it were true and good and came from Him. I had said many prayers before, but this one was special. I wanted to know more than I had ever wanted to know anything before and I was determined to have an answer, no matter what that answer was. At the conclusion of my prayer, I felt as if warm oil was poured over my heart, and the warmeth continued to spread over my entire body. I felt peaceful, safe, happy and loved. I recognized this feeling as the Holy Ghost who bears witness of the truth of all things. This feeling quenched any doubts I have about the veracity of the Book of Mormon. I suddenly knew that the Book of Mormon was from God, and that I would be a better person by following its teachings and the teachings of the Church from which it came from.

How I live my faith

I try to do my best every day. I pray to my Heavenly Father (God) everyday with a personal prayer, and I also pray with my husband at the end of every day to give thanks. My husband and I pray over meals and when we have something unusual (a trip, test, tragedy, or other concerns/worries). I try to avoid doing things that would create a negative atmosphere such as swearing, gossiping, putting down others, telling crude jokes, lying, or stealing. I try to find happy things to talk about, which ends up mostly being about family. I talk to someone in my family almost every day. We listen to each other and support one another. I love having religious discussions. I love sharing the things I believe in because they are very special to me and make me happy. I want those I am around to be able to be happy too. I respect my friend's and co-workers beliefs and love hearing about what my they believe in. I am always ready to discuss a religious idea or a universal question. I always try to make everyone feel loved. I know that Jesus loved everyone and took time to help those around him. I want to help make people feel good, whether it is by a hello, a compliment or a hug or a smile, or a listening ear or a friendship. Everyone should be loved. I try to be friendly to the clerks at the checkout or the janitors who work so hard to keep my work area clean. No one is better than another; we need to respect and treat everyone with the same love and friendship. My husband and I read scriptures daily (we are currently in the New Testament). We have read the Book of Mormon and Old Testament out loud together. After the New Testament, we will read the Doctrine and Covenants. We go to Church every Sunday and attend activities during the week when scheduled. I visit two women in their homes every month to see how they are doing and to make sure they are doing ok. If they needed help, I would hope to be one of the first to provide that help.