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Hi I'm Whitney

I'm a Mormon, a husband and father of five, and an MIT Professor of Economics

About Me

I am married to a wonderful woman, have five children, and seven grandchildren. I grew up in Utah, served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England, and got married a year later. My wife and I graduated from BYU and I attended graduate school and received a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. We left Boston and moved to Princeton for a few years and then returned to MIT as a professor. I work in econometrics, which is the study of learning about economic models from economic data. I have traveled widely, visiting many countries. I like history and bigraphies. I like mathematics. I love serving in the Church and in the community.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church but found I needed to find out for myself if it was true. I remember feeling of the truth of this Church as I listened to President Spence W. Kimball, who was the prophet at that time. I had a warm, good feeling. I remember a good feeling as I talked about the life of Joseph Smith before my mission. On my mission I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it is true, as I encouraged others to do. I had a good feeling about it. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know that we have a Father in Heaven who loves us and that Jesus Christ was resurrected and atoned for our sins. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that we have a prophet today. I cannot point to one overwhelming experience, but over time as I have read, prayed, and tried to live right I have come to know the truth of these things with my whole soul.

How I live my faith

We try and live the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our home. We pray and read scriptures as a family and meet together on Monday nights for a lesson, singing (!), a snack, and fun activities. We try and be nice to each other and build each other up. We have fun together. I am also priveleged to be a home teacher, the first contact for the Church for several families. It is a great opportunity to help when needed and to visit monthly some of my best friends in the whole world. I have learned more from them, from their goodness and hard work, than they have ever learned from me.  I work with young men in our Church's activity program for youth, that includes Scouting. I help organize large activities for over a hundred, sometimes for hundreds of youth, ages 12-18. These activities include pioneer handcart reenactments, bus trips to visit Church historical sites, dances, dinners, and other activities. I also help teach and support the adult advisers for youth programs in several congregations.