Hi I'm S. Ashcraft
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.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
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. My parents joined the church a year before I was born. The gospel is my joy and my life. We realize that we have been given the most precious treasure there is and desire that others can experience it for themselves.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
Each of us has been given different gifts and talents to develop. I remember at one point in my life looking around at all the wonderful things my friends could do and feeling discouraged. They could sew. They could play the piano. And I could make cookies from a cake mix. Later I realized that my ability to simplify was a talent that I could use to help others to simplify their lives as well.
What blessings have come through your faith in Jesus Christ?
The greatest blessing has been the peace I have felt in times of adversity. I lost both of my grandmothers last year within a month of each other's passing. Knowing that death was just a small part of the Savior's plan and that it was not the end brought me such comfort and joy in such a time of sorrow. Jesus Christ made it possible that we can overcome death. Just as He lives, we too shall live again.
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.