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Hi I'm Whitney

I believe there is no separation between lifestyle and religion. You are what you live, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Whitney. Before I reached 1st grade, my mom pulled me and my two older siblings from a public school system that was failing to teach basic reading, grammar, and phonics skills. She then began the difficult process of homeschooling us, for which I will be forever grateful. When I reached my teens I began to desire a "high school" life, glamorized to me by shows on TV. We had moved to a city with a better school system, and I finally convinced my mom to put us back into public school, but to my complete dismay it was nothing like I thought it would be. I underwent a total culture shock and struggled with depression for a very long time. Today I think I have a better understanding for knowing both ends of the social spectrum. I have no problem connecting with people of any age group, and I value responsibility, maturity, obedience, integrity, and hard work. I entertain myself with writing postal letters to friends, learning foreign languages, doing needlework, and reading books(How-to, texts, fiction, etc). Although a degeneration in my knees limits my ability to run and jump, I like playing racket ball, sand volley ball, and lifting weights. During warm weather I spend a lot of my time outdoors, gardening, endurance cycling, swimming, and camping. One day I hope to be able to complete a transcontinental bike tour, and take up martial arts.

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to be born into the church. Both of my parents are active members. My dad was in the air force while I was growing up, so he was gone a lot for work, and I think going to church was one of the things that kept mom sane. Though he was often away, my dad was there for the most important moments in my life. He was the one to give me a baby blessing when I was born, and when I turned 8 he was the one to baptize me. When I was 9 years old I went with my family to the Columbus Temple public open house. That was where I first remember feeling the spirit. As my family was leaving temple grounds to head home I started crying. I remember looking at my mom and saying, "Mommy, I'm crying and I don't know why. I'm not sad." That made my parents cry, because they knew before I did that what I was feeling was the Spirit of God. It has continued to bless my life to this day, and I am continually being converted. To me, the church is everything. It is an inseparable part of my life, of who I have become, and who I will continue to be. My friends often ask why I do the things I do, or why I don't do what everyone else is doing. It is difficult for them to understand, because they think my religion is holding me back, but to me being a Latter-day Saint is more than just a religion. To me being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a lifestyle. It is MY lifestyle. It brings me happiness and joy, and I want to share that feeling with eveyone!

How I live my faith

I am currently living my faith by serving as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! The area I currently cover is in the Tokyo South Mission.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Think of a courtroom; the witness gets up and "testifies" because they know truth. For me, a testimony is the same. I am a spiritual witness to the truth that we have a Heavenly Father, and that He live and loves us; that Jesus Christ lives, that He is the Son of God, and that He carried out the infinite Atonement- through which we are able to live with our Heavely Father again one day. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet, who was called of God to restore Jesus Christ’s church to the earth; that we are led today by a living prophet; and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior’s Church restored on the earth today. I know these things are the truth, because I have studied the scriptures and I have prayed with more desire to know than anything else in my life. I know, because I have recieved a witness in my heart from the Holy Ghost(or the Holy Spirit of God), and as I continue to study and pray with a true desire to understand our Savior, and what He wants for me, my testimony grows stronger and stronger. I feel His love in my life everyday. I see the blessings that He has given me, however big or small they might be. I KNOW He loves me. Of this I testify. Show more Show less