Hi I'm Ashley
I'm a happily married mother of an adorable three month old. My husband and I are about to graduate from college next month and then he will start a PhD program in the fall. I love my family and enjoy reading, classical music, and sports.
Why I am a Mormon
Many people who know me might think I'm a Mormon because my family is Mormon. My parents are Mormon and so have my grandparents and great-grandparents. But that is only how I learned about this great faith. The reason why I'm a Mormon today is not because of tradition or family pressure, it is because God answered my prayer. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages all people everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, an ancient record that testifies of Christ, and then ask God if it is truly His word. After careful study and sincere prayer, I received my answer from our Heavenly Father. I know that He loves me and that He has a plan here on this earth. He will help me as I follow His teachings that are established in His church. My life has never been the same.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
Even though I've been blessed with so much throughout my life, I've always had problems with self-esteem and depression. Praying and studying the scriptures always helped, but I wasn't always able to find the motivation to do them. One of the teachings of Jesus Christ explains that as we lose our life through service, we will find it Matthew 10:39. As I began to focus my life on others and stopped thinking about myself so much, things began to change. First I began to develop a deep relationship with my Heavenly Father I began to feel His sincere love for me and His desire to help me with challenges and weaknesses. Then I began to feel overwhelming joy and peace as I strived to sincerely help those around me in various ways. My worries and burdens seemed to be taken away by the Master Healer, even Jesus Christ. He invites us all to do the same when He says, " Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
How I live my faith
As a follower of Jesus Christ, I strive to do as He does and think as He thinks. This requires lots of study and prayer to really know His will. It also requires obedience to all of His commandments so that I can be blessed with His guidance. Although I'm not perfect, I am trying to become a little more like Jeus Christ, our perfect example, everyday. I do this through sharing the good news of His gospel with those around me, helping and serving those in my community, and standing for truth and righteousness in all aspects of my life. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are also given assignments to help and serve one another. I am currently working as a leader for the women in our local church meeting house. I am striving to help these good women increase their personal righteousness, strenthen home and families, and serve one another. I end up being taught so much by them as I serve.