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Hi I'm Whitney

I'm a wife. I'm a physical therapist. I love sports. I love to laugh. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am newly-married, and met my husband while pursuing my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Emory University. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience, and I love learning about the brain and the human body. I am constantly amazed at the intricacies and beauty found within God's greatest creation-us! I believe that my love and admiration for the human body is inspired by the fact that in November of 2009, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Dealing with chronic health issues has made me much more grateful for the days when my body is functioning and feeling normal. I am an avid sports fan, and grew up mainly playing soccer. When I got into high school, I participated in swimming and volleyball, while continuing soccer. College introduced me to ultimate frisbee, which I play almost year round in a city league. I love watching sports, and during the fall my Saturdays are mostly spent watching college football games. Some of my favorite memories are sitting with my dad watching sports games, whether they were football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, or softball. I love music, and have been playing the piano since I was 5. I also began taking organ lessons when I was 13, and have found great joy in developing my musical talents. I have found that I feel closer to my Heavenly Father through uplifting music, and I know it is a way for others to feel the love Heavenly Father has for them.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it brings me the greatest peace and joy imaginable. It gives me peace to know that I am a child of a loving and literal Father in Heaven, and that I, along with all of His children, am the purpose of all His creations. Because I am His child, I know that I have a divine potential, and that through obedience to His commandments, I can become like Him. This knowledge gives me strength as I encounter difficult and trying circumstances if my life. I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for me, and that the experiences I face in my life are opportunities for me to grow and develop greater faith in my Savior. I know that I will make mistakes in my life, but that I can be forgiven and healed through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. As I repent and try each day to do and be better, my faith and trust in Jesus Christ grows. I am a Mormon because through the teachings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, I know that families can be together for all eternity, and that the loving ties that hold my family together will not be broken with death, as long as we are faithful to God's commandments. Families are an essential part of Heavenly Father's eternal plan for His children, and this importance is taught from the time we are young children. I am a Mormon because the teachings of Jesus Christ inspire me to become a better person. My life is focused on the things that truly matter most, such as serving others, kindness, love, charity, sacrifice, and obedience. Each day has purpose and meaning as I strive to become a better disciple of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

One way I live my faith is by serving in callings in the local congregation, or ward. I have had a variety of callings, from music to leadership callings. As members of the Church, we believe that these callings come from Heavenly Father, thus requiring faith on our part, especially when we feel we are unqualified. As a woman in the church, I also have the opportunity to serve and participate in a program called "visiting teaching," where women in the ward have the chance to visit and care for other women in the ward. Another way I live my faith is by doing those things that Heavenly Father and His divinely appointed prophets and apostles have asked us to do. These include things such as reading and studying my scriptures daily, having daily prayer, attending the temple, and serving faithfully in my callings. I also try and find opportunities to serve those around me, even if it is as simple as saying hi to someone who looks like he or she is having a bad day. I know that even these simple things will bring myself and those whom I serve closer to Jesus Christ. I live my faith by trying my best to represent Jesus Christ in all I say, think, and do. By being who my Savior needs me to be, I can be an instrument in bringing more of our Heavenly Father's children to the knowledge of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.