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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a friend, a sister, and an aunt. I'm a college student and aspiring writer. I'm a survivor of "hard things." And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am twenty years old and the oldest of eight children. I live in beautiful, sunny Southern California and attend school out-of-state. I love children and have been a nanny for several amazing families with young or special needs children. Travel is another passion of mine. I love to listen to and learn from other people. My current plan is to obtain a degree in sociology and write about how to "endure well" through times of trial. Despite my age, I have experienced some very difficult things, among them the divorce of my parents; my younger sister's battle with cancer; my own battles with eating disorders and depression; and trials of health from autoimmune diseases that I will be fighting against for all my life. Through change and loss, one thing has remained constant: the love of my Father in Heaven for me. It is something that because of this Church, and because of the knowledge that I have of the Gospel, I can feel all of the time, no matter what I am going through. Over the years I have met many others in the midst of incredible suffering, and all that believed in and lived the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were able to "endure well". I know these blessings are available to all that will believe. Christ Himself has said: "if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God" (John 11:40). And it is true!

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized into this church after my mom remarried a member of the LDS faith. Over the years, through experience, sincere prayer, and repentance, I have developed my own testimony of each of the principles I was taught. My belief was once nothing more than a little mustard seed, but it has grown into something unshakable. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer and that He died for me. I know that He was resurrected on the third day and that I shall live again because of that sacrifice. I know that through obedience I can live with Him again. I know that families can be reunited and live together forever. I know that all individuals and families that have ever lived and will ever live can stake claim, if they are worthy, to these blessings, due to the ordinances performed in holy temples. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that He restored Christ's church to the earth, and all the saving ordinances wherein. I know the Book of Mormon is real, and I know that there are prophets on the earth today, for the simple reason that God would not and could not forsake His children. It is not in His nature. I know that I am loved by Him, as small as I am. Through the Spirit I can receive His direction. I have felt His peace. I have felt His comfort. "I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love" (2 Nephi 1:15). I echo my earlier statement that these blessings can be claimed by all who will believe on His name.

How I live my faith

My favorite thing to do is read the scriptures: both the standard works and the words of latter-day prophets and apostles. There is so much to learn that it can be overwhelming at times. But Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, one of the current apostles, has said: "The size of your faith or the degree of your knowledge is not the issue - it is the integrity you demonstrate toward the faith you do have and the truth you already know." Maya Angelou said something similar: "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." These are words I try to live by. I pray for strength to apply the principles of the Gospel in my life. I'm not perfect at it, but I am always trying, and I have repentance to make me clean when I have made mistakes. We are promised that Christ will make up the difference between where we are and where we should be. I know that He does, because I feel it every day. One thing I am especially passionate about is serving others. I do what I can, where I can. Sometimes it's a tangible kind of help, like baking cookies for someone or getting their groceries. Other times maybe it's just listening to a friend. In times of poor health, serving others in any small way brings me a lot of comfort. I love to share the happiness I have found through the Gospel and often use social media - my blog, Facebook, and Instagram in particular - to do so. Nothing makes me happier than hearing I helped someone else find comfort in Christ.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Nope! Our church has organized programs, funded through church members' donations, that administer relief to people of all religions in all parts of the world. Furthermore, members are encouraged to help others in their neighborhoods and communities, through volunteer work, financial donations, and so forth. We believe that we are ALL God's children and try to treat one another as such. Show more Show less