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Hi I'm Whitney

I grew up in Los Angeles, California. I am currently serving a church mission in Russia.

About Me

I am currently a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Russia. I studied stem cell biology in college and graduated in 2010. I like to play the piano and the violin, and I am a die-hard Boston Celtics and Red Sox fan.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in the LDS church, and when I was 8 years old, I decided to be baptized. When I was in college, however, I had a crisis of faith. I realized that I had relied on the testimonies of my parents and had not experienced my own conversion. I remembered the promise at the end of the Book of Mormon, which says that if we read the book and pray with faith and a sincere desire, than we can receive an answer that it is true. I decided to study the Book of Mormon every day and pray about it. After several weeks of trying, nothing seemed to change. But I kept reading and praying. One day, I finished reading and started to pray. To my mind came the thought: "Look at yourself right now." I started to think about my life and everything that was going on. Soon another thought came to my head: "Remember who you were earlier." I started to think about my life before I started to actively study the scriptures and pray consistently. I realized that I had changed for the better, and that I was so happy. I realized that I had a completeness in my life that I had lacked. I felt joy and peace like I had never before experienced in my life. I knew in that moment that there was a God, that Jesus is the Christ, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really is God's church on the earth. I remember one day during this whole process. I was super frustrated with my Heavenly Father (I have since repented, promise!) and said a prayer that went something like this: "Heavenly Father - if You are there, and if You answer my prayers, than I promise that I will serve a mission." I know that I received an answer to my prayers, and that's why I'm here in Russia!

How I live my faith

I have the incredible opportunity to be living my faith full-time as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been serving in Russia for 13 months. I love life as a missionary - I see miracles every day as people come to know more about their Savior, Jesus Christ. This truly has been the most fulfilling year and a half of my life. I have come to know and love the people of Russia, and I am awed every day by their love, faith, and devotion. я знаю, что Иисус есть Христос, и что через Него мы можем обрести покой и радость в жизни. Я знаю, что Джозеф Смит увидел Бога и Иисуса Христа, и что он был призван быть пророком. Я знаю, что Книга Мормона истинна, и что вы можете сами для себя узнать, что это Евангелие от Бога и оно истинно через чтение и молитву.