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Hi I'm Whitney Geertsen

I am a college student who loves studying zoology and botany. I have Asperger's Syndrome, and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am 21 years old, and . I am the oldest child in my family and have 2 brothers and 1 sister. I love science am I am working towards a degree in zoology and botany. I would like to be an animal caretaker, and an author. More importantly I want to get married in the temple and be a mother. I hope someday the I could live in the mountains and own horses. I love animals and right now I have two parakeets, a twenty gallon aquarium, and a bichon frise dog. I love hiking, camping, gardening and biking. I love learning about different cultures. I have Asperger's Syndrome, which is a mild form of Autism. I also have anxiety and depression, but I know I can do hard things, and that my trials make me a stronger person.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because my parents are Mormons. That's how I came to the church. As I have gotten older I have gained my own testimony. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church because we have a living prophet on Earth to guide and direct us. I have testimony the God lives, and so does his son Jesus Christ. I know that the atonement of Jesus Christ is for everyone, and the Jesus knows and understands us completely. I know that I am a child of God, just like everyone else here on Earth. I also know the my Heavenly Father and my Savior love me. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and another testament of Jesus Christ. I know that if I did not have God in my life I would not have been able to get past my depression. I know that God will answer your prayers, and that he listens.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following the teachings of the prophets. I attend church, and study the scriptures. I try to be kind and serve others and follow Christ's example.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Whitney Geertsen
In the earlier days of the church God commanded some of the early saints to practice polygamy, just like he has done in ancient times. Then in 1890 God gave Wilford Woodruff a revelation telling him that the practice of polygamy needed to stop. Right now polygamy is against the laws of the church. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Whitney Geertsen
I have come to know my Heavenly Father through prayer, striving to keep his commandments, and studying his word, the scriptures and teachings of the current prophet. I also like to study his creations, because I think by learning about what he has created we can come to know him. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Whitney Geertsen
Temples are houses of the Lord. In temples worthy church members make sacred covenants and receive ordinances; families are made eternal through temple marriages and sealings. Temples also provide ordinances to those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ; such ordinances are done by proxy. One can also learn eternal truths and gain personal revelation inside the temple. Attending the temple has helped me make important life decisions. Within the temple I can feel the Spirit and my mind is cleared of outside distractions. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Whitney Geertsen
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It testifies that Christ is the son of God and of the atonement. The Book of Mormon is a collection of sacred writings written by ancient prophets on the American Continent. Some of these prophets include, Nephi, Jacob, Alma the younger, Helamen, Mormon, and Moroni. The Book of Mormon was translated from gold plates written in reformed Egyptian. The Book of Mormon is named after the prophet Mormon who compiled most of the writings. I have read The Book of Mormon many times, and from it I have felt the Holy Ghost, and I have received answers to the questions I have had. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and I have come to know this by praying about it. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Whitney Geertsen
Mormon women have an organization called the Relief Society. This organization helps women to reach out and help other people. The motto of the Relief Society is "Charity Never Faileth" As a Mormon woman I believe in serving other people, not only in my community, but people everywhere. Mormons do believe in equality between men and women, but also men and women serve in different roles in the church. The article "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" describes in further detail the divine roles that men and women have in the family. I know that God has a purpose for me, as he does every one of his children. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Whitney Geertsen
We believe that by providing unpaid service to our congregation we are keeping our baptismal covenant, "willing to bear one another's burdens, that they may be light..." (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 18: 8-9) We also express our faith in Christ through are works and service. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Whitney Geertsen
We believe that we are saved by grace, it is through Christ's mercy that we are saved, and we can not return to heaven alone, we are nothing without Jesus Christ. In the Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 2:8 it says that, "no flesh can dwell in the presence of God save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah." Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Whitney Geertsen
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints strongly opposes abortion. Only in rare cases is abortion accepted and that is when the life of the mother is in jeopardy or the mother is a victim of rape. Even with these circumstances much prayer and counsel and consideration are needed. Life begins at conception, and abortion is not a personal choice, it is the choice to end someone's life prematurely. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Whitney Geertsen
The atonement of Jesus Christ, is when Jesus Christ suffered for all the sins, pains, and afflictions of mankind in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross on Calvary. This was necessary because in order for us to return to our father in heaven, we needed to be clean, and since Jesus Christ was the only person to live a sinless life he could pay for our sins. He also suffered for a pains and afflictions so that he could understand us perfectly and individually. I know that Jesus Christ is the only being who understands exactly how I feel and what I am going through. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Whitney Geertsen
Attending church is a weekly service where we renew our covenants by partaking of the sacrament. We also attend to here inspiring messages, learn more about God's word and strengthen our own testimonies. Anyone is welcome. The temple is a building where sacred ordinances are done and the spirit can be felt. To maintain its purity only worthy members are allowed to enter. It is a place that all should desire to visit. Show more Show less