Hi I'm Ashley
I am a stay-at-home mom that has been married for 10 years. I have a 5 year old daughter and a 3 year old son. We are also expecting a baby in March 2011. I love to read and spend time with my family. I like to scuba dive, cook & organize things. My husband and I also like to go fly fishing. I am always looking for a good scary movie to watch with my husband. I love playing practical jokes and having a good time with friends/family. Being a Mom is tough, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. Raising my kids brings me so much happiness. They are growing up too fast!
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised in this church, but it wasn't until I graduated high school that I started to understand the role the gospel played in my life. Being a newlywed was fun and exciting. We weren't always around on Sunday and we didn't always make it to our home ward. We soon moved out of state and it was then that I realized that the Church would always be a constant in my life. My ward became my family. My testimony grew and I started to understand the love my Heavenly Father has for me. Having children only added to that for me. Bringing a new baby into this world has taught me so much about unconditional love - the same type of love our Father in Heaven has for us. This gospel is my foundation. It is the only thing that does not change in my life. When the winds of change start to blow, I know I can depend on the gospel to get me through. I love continually learning new things about this gospel I love sharing the gospel with others and lifting them up with the saving principles I believe are so precious. Helping others feel the love their Heavenly Father has for them is a big part of my life and I hope it continues that way for a long time. The Book of Mormon is true, and we are so blessed to have it in our lives. Joseph Smith was truly inspired while translating that book. The lessons learned from the Book of Mormon are priceless. Having a modern day prophet on the earth is wonderful. Having the chance to hear modern revelations from him is like having direct contact with our Father in Heaven. I also love the principle of receiving personal revelation from our Heavenly Father. I truly believe that He knows what is best for me and my family - and through prayer and reading the scriptures, He will help me guide my family. This church is true. It makes me happy. It brings me peace. It has made me a better person. It has helped me through tough times. It has given me the opportunity to help others through tough times. This gospel is about love. It is about making sure we can get back to our Father in Heaven.
What is hope and what do you hope for?
Hope is what you wish for. You cannot "see" hope, or "touch" hope - but you can feel it. Hope is the desire you have within yourself for positive things to happen. It is a glass-half-full way of looking at life. It is happy & peaceful. It is wanting better things for yourself and your family. It is having faith that things will happen the way they are supposed to. I hope my family can continue to grow closer to the gospel and that my children will love & appreciate this gospel as much as I do. I hope I can be instrumental in forming their testimonies. I hope that my husband and I will be able to serve the Lord by going on missions together when we are older.
How I live my faith
My husband and I are the Gospel Doctrine teachers for the adult sunday school class. We've had this calling for about 2 years now. This calling has been so much fun. This year we are studying the Old Testament. It has been a huge testimony-builder to get reacquainted with the Old Testament prophets and their stories. This calling has helped me study the scriptures more in-depth. We have a blast with this calling. I am also a visiting teaching supervisor. I have a great appreciation for the visiting teaching program. I have seen first hand examples of how great this program is.