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Hi I'm Ashlie

I'm a wife, mom, beginning dancer, book blogger, marketer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I do marketing for an OBGYN's office, I have two years of college under my belt and two years to go. I've been married for two years and our first daughter just turned one! I would love to either teach high school or work in some area of book publishing. I think that history is our window, and sometimes our door, to the future. Teaching is a great way to share the world with someone, to help them to see things that they might not otherwise, and to help others realize their divine potentials in this life. We are ALL special. We all have our own gifts. I want to help young people realize their own gifts and talents. I love volleyball, I'm learning to play tennis & I just started taking ballet and tap lessons because it's something I've always wanted to do. Life is about learning!

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in December 2008, the day after Christmas. It was meaningful to me that my baptism day be as close to Christmas as possible, the day when we celebrate the Birth of the Savior. Heavenly Father has always watched over me, even when I didn't make the best decisions. Sometimes looking back I am overwhelmed at some of the risks I've blindly taken, and can only be grateful that I was protected. A lot of people don't realize or accept that there can be second chances, but I know I was given one because Heavenly Father loves me. He sent His son to die for me so that my sins could be forgiven. Heavenly Father doesn't want to lose any of His children. That has been His plan since the beginning. I know that Heavenly Father lives and that his literal living son, Jesus Christ, truly did break the bonds of death for all of us. The Savior lived a clean, chaste and virtuous life, yet still suffered at the hands of men for our sins, though He committed none of His own. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."-John 15:13 I am forgiven because He was forsaken by man.

How I live my faith

I love going to church with my husband on Sundays. I have had a variety of callings, from teaching children in Primary to Gospel Doctrine teacher, and they haven't all been easy. However, they all have been rewarding. Serving in His Gospel has enormous benefits. You are able to truly act as the Lord's hands on Earth and help make someone else's day, week, month or even year a bit better because you were given an opportunity to get to know them and love them. I love spending time with the sisters at church. They really love me and take the time to understand the challenges I am going through. Being able to be a Visiting Teacher and visit with a few sisters is always great because it doesn't always have to seem so official; it can be casual and fun, yet there is always a message of peace and the Gospel behind each visit. I feel the Savior's love even stronger when I am helping other people.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Baptism is our way of becoming clean from any sins we may have committed in this world without having an understanding that we were doing wrong. Jesus Christ himself was baptized, although he was free of guilt and sin. We are to follow the example He has set and be received into the waters of baptism. By immersing ourselves completely in water, dressed in all white, we are acknowledging to ourselves, God and any present witnesses that we have faith in the Savior Jesus Christ and are willing to covenant with Him that we will follow Him and keep his Commandments. Baptism is the first saving ordinance of the Gospel and is essential to becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a prerequisite to receiving eternal life and returning to live with our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Temples are the holy houses of God. They are beautifully built and sacred. My non-Mormon friends often ask why only Mormons can enter them and my answer is that it is a matter of preparation. Even the Mormons that are allowed in the temple have prepared for a long time not only to be worthy to attend the temple (by keeping the covenants we make and the commandments we are given), but they have prepared for a long time for the learning that will take place in the temple. You wouldn't go to college without going to high school, right? Everything in the church is centered around the Savior Jesus Christ and how we can become more aligned with His teachings and better exemplify Him. The temple is a place where we can go to learn more of Him and what our purpose on this earth is. The Lord needs us to be strong when times in the world are tumultuous. He needs His people to be beacons of light when the world is chaos and darkness. The temple helps increase our faith and our strength to face the adversity of this world. I go to the temple to feel closer to God, to pray, to learn, to make covenants with God and to feel peace. Show more Show less