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Hi I'm Whitney

I'm a D.C. girl living in Arizona. I am a Middle-School teacher turned stay at home mom. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Washington D.C. area, but have lived in Arizona on and off for several years. I attended college and graduated with a degree in English Teaching. I also spent 18 months in the Barcelona, Spain area sharing the message of Christ with the wonderful people in that region. After college I had the opportunity to teach Junior High for a few years. Eight years ago I married the man of my dreams. We have four children, ages 7, 4, 3 and I. Our home often feels like a circus and we fall into bed exhausted at the end of the day. However, we are extremely happy and feel very blessed that I am able to stay home with our children. Creating a spiritual as well as fun family environment is our focus. I love crafting, cooking, learning languages, traveling and meeting new people wherever I go.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS faith, although I did not have a strong belief of its truthfulness until I was about 14. I began high school and realized that the beliefs of many of my friends differed greatly from those I was raised with. There came I time where I had to make a decision to either follow my friends, or stay true to the path I'd been taught. I decided to read the Book of Mormon and find out for myself if it was true. There is a promise at the end of the book in Moroni, chapter 10, verses 4-5. It states, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." In other words, if we ask God with a sincere desire to know, he will give us that answer we are searching for. I decided to give the promise a try and through many prayers I came to realize that while reading "The Book of Mormon," I had developed a testimony of its truths. I don't know how or when it happened, but I could not deny the truth about what I had read. "The Book of Mormon" brings spiritual strength into my life. It brings me hope when I am discouraged. I love studying "The Bible" along with it and seeing how the teachings of both books go hand in hand. I love that God loved us enough to give us a second witness of Jesus Christ to verify His teachings. I love that we have a living prophet to continue to guide us in these challenging times. It makes sense to me that God has not left us alone to figure things out, but has given us guidance through scriptures and a prophet. I love attending church meetings each week and being edified by spiritual teachings, as well as the feeling of support and "family" that exists wherever I attend an LDS Church.

How I live my faith

I have spent the last 18 months working with the youth in our congregation, specifically with the teenage girls. In addition to our Sunday meetings, we have weekly activities where we give the girls opportunities to perform service for those in need, learn a new subject or life skill, all the while increasing their spirituality. Much of our work as leaders is to prepare the girls to be productive and responsible women who are mindful of the needs of others and are prepared to care for and share their faith and knowledge with their families and those around them. I also have the privilege of serving as a "Visiting Teacher." Each woman in our congregation is assigned a Visiting Teacher to visit their home each month to share a brief spiritual message and check on their welfare and well-being. I love knowing my Visiting teacher is there to support me if I am ever in need of anything.