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Hi I'm Ashley

I am a San Diego native. I love life and learning. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married my best friend in 2007. I graduated from college in 2008 with a BS in Genetics and Biotechnology. We expanded our family in 2009 with the birth of our beautiful son. My husband continues to go to school and work part time while I stay home and raise our little boy. I love blogging, photography, reading, sewing, and finding resourceful ways to make our little apartment a home and refuge from the outside world. We love to go to Disneyland, the beach, and do most all kinds of boarding...wakeboarding, snowboarding, surfing, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

 I was raised in this church, and was taught its principles and beliefs by my amazing parents. My family has gone through many trials and hard times and we are all very real and imperfect, but the love we share for each other and our Savior Jesus Christ has helped us endure every thing this life has thrown at us. The examples and openness of my parents in teaching my siblings and I about what the world has to offer versus what Christ's gospel has to offer helped me know at a young age that I didn't want to do a lot of the things that my peers were doing. I never looked at our beliefs as limiting my experiences or as a punishment. I was glad to have happiness that came through the gospel...a happiness that my friends tried to find through other pursuits in high school. I know through my own personal prayer and study of this gospel that it's principles are true. I know that the power and authority of God abides in this church, and that its gospel truly is the gospel of Jesus Christ, restored for us in its fulness today through the prophet Joseph Smith. I have been able to experience the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ in my own life. It has allowed me to feel comfort by knowing that during the hard and trying times of my life, both physically and emotionally, my Savior has been with me and has experienced all that I have and will experience. This has helped me know that I can handle any difficulty that arises in life with the help and empathy of Jesus Christ, as he has felt and endured all the same trials before me. I love this church, and I love that it helps me try to continually improve myself and become a better person.

How I live my faith

 Our church is an organization centered on families and service. We do not pay members of our clergy, and as active participants we each hold positions on local levels in the church as teachers, etc. Currently, I watch and teach the nursery children...ages 18 months to 3 years...on Sundays. It is incredible to see at how young an age these precious spirits can learn and understand the love that the Savior has for them and others. I also try to teach these same principles to our two year old in our home by lesson and example as I participate in local, national, and international service opportunities. 

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

It seems that many struggle with the debate between deity and science. As someone who has studied biology and chemistry in depth in my secondary education, I can see no greater evidence for the existence of a God than through science. I have seen the evidence of the hand of God in the complexity of the many organisms on this earth, from plants to animals, and even weather. The strongest feeling I have had pointing to the proof of a God in my own life came when I gave birth to my son. In that moment, I felt so strongly the truth of my belief in God, families, and the creation. Show more Show less