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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a gun-loving, Dansko-shoe-collecting Mormon.

About Me

I am a very creative person. I love to read, write, crochet and sing. I also love to tinker with things and try to fix them. So far, I've built a computer from scratch, performed basic maintenance and repairs on the family cars and tore apart and fixed my washing machine! I love to refinish furniture and would do that for a living if I could. I am interested in American history and riflemarksmanship. I am pro-gun ownership and frequently open and conceal carry. I participate in Appleseed shoots when they're in town in my area and I maintain a gun blog.

Why I am a Mormon

Sometimes I take a look at my religion which is very patriarchal and wonder why I ascribe to it. Why do I choose to live a religion which only gives males the priesthood? Why do I belong to a church which won't let me hold many offices, perform many callings or even perform my own calling without male supervision? Why do I partake of the sacrament in a Mormon church building when I'm not allowed to pass that sacrament? Logically, I can't tell you that answer. I wish women were treated more equally in the Mormon church, but we're not and I still love this church. I love the scriptures, they inspire me and guide me every day. I love the leadership of our church. I love the temple. It allows me to have my family with me... forever. Nothing can top that joy. I love the music of the church, the hymn book, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They fill me with the spirit. I love Primary (the program for kids at church) and the simple lessons it teaches about Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reading and following the scriptures. I take particular joy in reading my Patriarchal Blessing. I'm still finding my place in Relief Society (OMG- so boring!) as a Relief Society chorister after being in Primary as a teacher of the 3 year old class). I think callings are a very fun way of living my faith.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

I don't know most of the time I wish we did. In a small congregation called a ward, like mine, we all have three and four jobs to make the church run smoothly. On top of that, we have to clean the church building too instead of hiring janitors. Maintenance takes forever to get done, the trees and bushes are pruned by people who have no business butchering a tree like that and if you want to schedule the use of a building... forget it. The scheduler never answers his phone. Sometimes it seems like I spend so much time taking care of church things that could be hired out that I don't have time for myself or my family. It's also really annoying when regular people give the sermons on Sundays because they can be boring and go way over time because the people giving the talks have no public speaking training or practice and are too overworked from having so many church and life jobs to run through and time their talks to make sure they're not too long. On the bright side, sometimes the jobs you get assigned in the church called callings are fun. I liked teaching the three year-old Sunday school class. And when you get to be the one delivering the sermon on Sunday, you learn a lot in preparing for it and that learning makes you a better person. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The Priesthood is the power and authority for a man to act in God's name. Show more Show less