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Hi I'm S. Ashcraft

Author of 15 cookbooks, including a New York Times Best Seller. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have 4 children ages 3 to 12. They are my full time job. My hobby gone out of control is cooking. I'm always creating new recipes. I best known for my cookbook, 101 Things To Do With A Cake Mix. I'm working on my 16th cookbook at present. I love scrapbooking and lately have really enjoyed creating digital scrapbooks. I'm the avid bargain shopper and love to blog about all the great deals that I find. Twice a month I film money saving new stories for a local television station. I love my community and serve as the secretary of the Police Citizens Advisory Commission over our local police department.

Why I am a Mormon

Missionaries knocked on my parents door shortly after they were married. My dad had told my mom that he felt there was a true church, but that he hadn't been able to find it. My mom thought she could convert him to her religion. When the missionaries came and shared the gospel with my parents, my dad felt in his heart that this was the church that he had been searching for. My mom thought she had married a nut. She started to read the Book of Mormon to prove that it was wrong, but as she read she knew it was true. They were baptized and I was born one year later. I will be forever grateful to my parents for recognizing the truth when it was presented to them. I love Jesus Christ. I love the Bible, the spiritual record of the people in the old world. I love the Book of Mormon, the spiritual record of the people in the Americas. They both bear such powerful witness that the Savior lives, that he loves us, and that he has provided a way for us to return to live with him someday.

How I live my faith

I am blessed to work with the missionaries of our church. I teach the Sunday School class for new members and for those who are just learning about our faith. I love that I am able to share my feelings about the Savior and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on a weekly basis. I love the Savior and try daily to follow his teachings. As I have done so, I have always been miraculously blessed.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

S. Ashcraft
On every sign of our church, it states "Visitors Welcome", and we mean it. Church consists of 3 meetings. Sacrament Meeting is the most important meeting for members of our church. We believe as we take the sacrament that we are renewing the covenant we made with Heavenly Father when we were baptized. After the sacrament, talks or testimonies by members are given. The second meeting is Sunday School. Many congregations actually offer a class specifically for people who are just learning about the church and for those who have been recently baptized. For the third meeting, the men and women separate into individual classes. The teenage boys and teenage girls also have their own classes as well. There is usually someone in the foyer greeting people as they walk in. Let them know you are new and just learning about the church. They can help you know where to go. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

S. Ashcraft
We believe that because we have been given much we too must give. I chose to serve a mission because I wanted to be able to share the wonderful gift of the gospel that the missionaries had brought to my family. We realize that we have been given the most precious treasure there is and desire that others can experience it for themselves. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

S. Ashcraft
No. I actually serve as an election judge, and you see members of the church in both political parties. The church encourages us to be involved in our communities, but never tells us who to vote for. Show more Show less