Hi I'm Ashlyn
I am a wife and mother of two children. One of my sons has Autism Spectrum Disorder. I believe that all children are special spirits, especially mine ;) I am currently and online student in a bachelor degree program. After I finish school I will be an editor.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I believe that the only way to get to heaven is through Jesus Christ. I am so grateful that I can belong to the one church on earth that has the proper priesthood authority from Jesus Christ to preform sacred ordinances and blessings that are essential to my salvation. I know that Jesus Christ leads this church through the scriptures, and modern day revelation through our living prophet Thomas S. Monson. I have seen the hand of God in my life first hand. I will not go into detail, but without our Heavenly Father's protection I would definitely have been seriously injured, or possibly killed a long time ago. I know that if I live close to Jesus Christ and his Gospel my family and I will be together again for all eternity.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
I was always one of the people that said that religion is man made. I believed that it was created to control us. I thought the same thing if not worse about the Mormon church when I first started learning from the missionaries. They gave me a Book of Mormon and asked me to read it. I did read it, and as I did I realized how simple it all was. It made perfect sense, it was so perfect in fact, that there is no way that any man could have made it up. At the end of the book there is a part that says, if you ask in faith then the truth will be manifested to you by the power of the Holy Ghost. So I prayed and asked if this book was true. It was like, in the depths of my soul I knew then that it was. I knew that it had to be from God. I was still a bit skeptical about the church though. I knew that the book was true scripture, but how could I know that the church wasn't just using it to control people? I asked the missionaries, and they told me that the only person who could answer that question was our Heavenly Father. So I went to Heavenly Father in prayer and asked him if the church was his true church. I began to feel an overwhelming sense of peace as I thought about the church, so much that it brought tears to my eyes. At that moment I knew that this was his true church, and that I must be a part of it.
How I live my faith
I am the Relief Society Chorister for my ward. For those who don't know what that is, my job is to pick the opening and closing hymns, and then conduct the music for our Relief Society meeting each Sunday. Relief Society is the organization of the women in the church. You become a member of Relief society when you become eighteen years old, and we meet each Sunday after Sunday School. For more information about Relief Society, please visit LDS.org and browse the information available there. To me, living my faith is much more than just my calling. It is "being a witness of Christ, at all times, and in all places" It is helping my neighbors, friends, and family. Or, when I'm talking with someone, and the discussion turns to religion, I say proudly "I'm a Mormon". I defend my beliefs, and any position the church might take on a subject, such as the importance of the family. In our church, we believe that the family is central to God's plan for our eternal life. I cherish my family, and I hope to continue building my family until I am no longer able to do so. We believe in taking time aside each week just for our families. We call this time "Family Home Evening", and in my family, we usually use this time to watch a movie together. Veggie tales is one of our family favorites, my son really likes the Jonah movie.