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Hi I'm Ashley

I live in upstate NY. I have traveled to several foreign countries. I work hard to be a good wife and mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was young I wanted to be a singer. When I grew old enough to realize how much time singers often spend away from home, I decided that my profession of choice would be a full-time Mommy. I didn't waste any time waiting for my dream to come true, though. Various opportunities brought me to Mexico, Canada, England, Spain, Denmark, and Scotland. Then, part way through my time at college, I had an opportunity to volunteer to teach English to school children in China. It was a difficult, enjoyable, and also eye-opening experience. Turns out that this helped me prepare for another unexpected turn in my life: serving a mission for the Church for a year and a half in Taiwan. After my mission, I reunited with a good friend of mine from freshman year, and soon we were married. I graduated with my BA in Early Childhood/Special Education, and he earned his in Business Management a semester later. Now he is preparing to take the GMAT and apply to schools so he can pursue a PhD. Unemployment is no walk in the park, but the Lord has been good to us. And my dream of being a Mom and singing my baby to sleep has become a reality at last.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, I went to Church because I knew I should, that's what my family did on Sunday, and that's where my best friends were. When I got older, I came to realize that wasn't enough. Someone invited me to find out for myself whether it was true. I believed that Joseph Smith, the prophet through whom Christ's Church was restored in modern times, was a true prophet. I believed that the Book of Mormon, which he translated form an ancient record by the power of God was true scripture. I believed that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was God's true Church on the earth today. But I didn't know. I read Joseph Smith's story in his own words, and then prayed that the Lord would let me know for myself, in my heart, that it was all true. I felt the answer come in my heart in a way that I could not have imagined myself. I know the answer came from God and the answer was: Yes, it's all true. I have prayed similar prayers many times since then so I could feel that way again, and each time my prayer is answered. The Lord has taken good care of me and my family, even in our trials, and I know He loves to bless those who work hard to follow Him.

How I live my faith

The most important way I live my faith is by learning and becoming the kind of wife and mother I know my Heavenly Father wants me to be. I also am active in my local congregation, where I help teach the children lessons from the Bible and how we can apply the stories we read to our own lives today. I also visit or write to other women in the congregation each month to help strengthen their faith and let them know they are loved. I try to keep in touch with friends and acquaintances of other faiths as well.

Are Mormons Christians?

Ashley
Yes! Christians are followers of Christ, and Mormons are followers of Christ. Officially, "Mormons" are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (can you see why people would want to shorten that?). We're called Mormons because we read the Book of Mormon, a book similar to the Bible and named for the man who compiled the majority of the prophets' records into what is now this book hundreds of years ago. The subtitle on the cover of every Book of Mormon is "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." The Book of Mormon is meant to stand with the Bible, not against it, in teaching of Jesus Christ and witnessing that He lives, that He loves His children, and that He will come again. So, yes, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are indeed Christians. One favorite verse from the Book of Mormon reads: "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26) Show more Show less