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Hi I'm Whitney

I am a small town farm girl, a high school teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a high school Family and Consumer Science teacher. I just graduated from college this past May and will start my first real teaching job in August. I grew up on a farm with my parents and three siblings, and of course, a family farm dog. I have been married for two years, and my husband recently completed his first year of law school. My favorite things in life are my family, fancy food, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of my parents' decision to join the Church in their twenties. I was raised in a Mormon household, but I can honestly say that I didn't really gain a testimony of the church until I was about 19 or 20, while in my sophomore year of college. I had never really read the Book of Mormon prior to this time in my life, and never really felt like it was that important of a book, or that it was important to me to be a Mormon. After leaving the comfort and ease of a wonderful high school career and home life, I had an extremely difficult time adjusting to my first year of college and being away from home. I didn't know anyone, was constantly stressed, and was really struggling to figure out who I was. After barely making it through that first year, when I went back for my second, I decided that things needed to change. Something needed to be different. I decided that I couldn't do things alone any more. I decided to start attending the University Ward where I was attending school. I also made a commitment to read the Book of Mormon. I cannot even begin to describe the miracles that occurred in my life due to these choices. I know that the Book of Mormon is a true book, and that as we repent and ask the Lord for help, He will give it to us, and exceed even our own desires for happiness. I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who is constantly waiting for us to decide to come unto Him, and feel of His love, peace, and joy. I am a Mormon because I know from personal experience that this is a happier way to live. Life is not easy, but it brings such peace and hope to know that we have a Savior who atoned for our sins, and a Heavenly Father who knows us personally, and knows our needs, struggles, and desires. There is power in living the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and there is power in reading the Book of Mormon. I know that Heavenly Father has answered my prayers, and that being a Mormon has been an immeasurable blessing in my life.

How I live my faith

My husband and I continue to live our faith by teaching a Gospel Principles class in our ward. This class is specifically designed for new investigators to the Church, and new members who have recently been baptized. It focuses on the basic beliefs of the Mormon Church. It is a wonderful way to learn about what we believe. Teaching this class has only continued to strengthen my own testimony of the simplicity and truth of the Gospel. I would invite anyone and everyone who is curious and or has a desire to know about the Mormon Church to come to this class. My husband and I also attend church every Sunday, meetings that pertain to our church callings, and complete home and visiting teaching assignments. We hold family and individual prayer everyday, and study our scriptures together. This has been a real strength to our marriage and continues to bring us closer to one another, as well as the Lord.