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Hi I'm Whitney

I'm a dreamer, writer, optimist and general life enthusiast. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 23 years old, living in Scottsdale Arizona with my best friend (my dog named Ellie) and simply loving this life. In 2009 I graduated with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communication with a specialization in Public Relations. I've always been drawn to writing and knew that studying Journalism would help me gain the skills I needed to effectively communicate through my words. After I finished school I spent a year doing PR for a major hotel chain, but decided it wasn't for me. Now I'm a Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator for a leading non-profit organization and I love what I do. Every day I learn something knew about myself. For example, I've learned that I love to cook, craft, blog and thrift. But even more importantly, I've learned to believe in the power of my dreams and chase after them with everything in me. I aspire to one day be a full-time published writer and mom. And I love being Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. My parents taught me the importance of reading scriptures, praying, paying tithing and attending church on Sundays. I am forever indebted to them for their example and instilling the light of the gospel in me. When I was young I was very spiritual and loved being a member of the church. I would sing the hymns with my mom, pray every night and even placed post-it notes on the fridge on Fast Sunday to remind everyone "do not eat!" When I was baptized as a member of the church at 8 years old, I remember looking up at my dad and feeling such a calm, peaceful feeling. It was that day I realized how real and beautiful the Spirit was, and how important it would be for me to follow the commandments and keep that perfect feeling with me. As a young teenager, though, I felt my faith shake as I was faced with temptations, challenges and doubt. When I was 14 years old I attended EFY (Especially for Youth), a religious retreat for young members of the church in Santa Barbara, California. I decided then and there to take time to ask Heavenly Father if this was His true church. I was in the midst of re-reading the Book of Mormon that summer and I remember as I read the last few chapters of one particular book, I felt an overwhelming and indescribable joy engulf me. I knew that His church was real and that what I had been taught was true. 9 years later, that testimony has only been strengthened and solidified in my soul.

How I live my faith

It is by my actions that I live my faith. Sometimes people look at me in amazement when I tell them how much time a week I devote to various church activities, my callings and worship meetings. To me, though, I continually try to dedicate every moment of every day to my faith and my Heavenly Father. I live my faith every time I help someone in need. I live my faith when I attend my meetings and fulfill my calling. I live my faith when I quietly and humbly tell another about my love of the Savior. There are endless ways I demonstrate how important this gospel is to me and how dedicated I am to the teachings of my Savior and Redeemer. I am nowhere near perfect and I often stumble along this path of life. However, I know that if I do my best and continually call upon my Savior for help, that I can make a difference in this world.