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Hi I'm Whitney

I want to be a doctor and a mom when I grow up. I am a food-loving, violin-playing, multiracial college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

By the time I graduated from high school, I'd attended over a dozen schools in three different countries. My father was born in Korea and my mother grew up in Chicago; and moving around and being part of a multiracial family has instilled a passion for different cultures and travel in me. I am the second of four children, with one older sister (plus a brother-in-law) and two younger brothers. I love being on a boat, reading a good book, and studying physiology and biology, my major in college. I am a university student with a passion for International Relations who enjoys playing the violin and plans to one day graduate from medical school. I had the life-changing privilege of serving a full-time LDS mission in the beautiful Taibei, Taiwan.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ and in His gospel's ability to change people. To me, gaining a testimony of the gospel is like reading a book, unfolding and growing one page at a time. Like the pages of a book, individual portions of my conviction and testimony may seem thin, fragile, and insignificant. But when built upon through time and tests, it has become a story that has defined who I am and how I live my life. And although my testimony is still incomplete, the feelings I have when I read the scriptures, sing hymns, and listen during church meetings are undeniable and real. I have felt my Heavenly Father's love for me and for others when I pray. I have felt and seen the cleansing power of Jesus Christ's Atonement in my life and in the lives of others. God's plan for us is beautiful and purposeful. We have a true and living prophet, who serves as the mouthpiece of the Lord, guiding and directing this Church. The Book of Mormon is true and can answer the questions of the soul. I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I love this restored gospel and am learning more about it everyday. We each have a divine purpose to fulfill in this life. I am trying to find mine.

How I live my faith

In the LDS Church, we are given so many opportunities to serve. Everyone has an important role to fill in His church, whether it involves helping to bring the Spirit to meetings through uplifting music, or teaching children crucial gospel principles. I have found that with each assignment I am given, I end up gaining more from the experience than I am ever able to give. However, the most important way to live our faith is through following the example of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He served selflessly and loved unconditionally. I live my faith by trying to be like Him, by trying to reach out to love and serve the one. I have felt such joy and gratitude as I have tried to do so while serving my full-time mission and while serving the women and children with whom I have been privileged to work.

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

Whitney
God loves all of His children infinitely and equally, both men and women. As His daughters, we have a divine and unique purpose to fulfill. Motherhood is a sacred calling that cannot be overstated in its importance. Women in the church are also encouraged to receive an education and serve in church assignments. Although men and women have different callings, neither is less important than the other, and neither can be fulfilled without the support of the other. As an LDS woman, I have never felt inferior or unimportant to the church or to my Heavenly Father. Show more Show less