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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college grad trying to find my way in the world. Outside of work I like to spend my time in a variety of ways: when I can, I spend time with my family; we're the typical "big mormon family," and when we're together it's a large, loud schmaz! I love being with my family and my friends, but I also like getting some alone time. I grew up in the mountains, and I love to get away and hike; there's something very cathartic about being in the midst of God's creations. When I can't get to the mountains I like to hit the gym, and I'm an avid cycling junkie. I satisfy my creative side through drawing, painting, quilting, or singing.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in this faith, but there was a time when I rebelled from what I knew was right. I was busy trying to "find myself," and found instead that I was becoming ever more lost and unhappy. With the help of loving family members and close friends I began a challenging, but possible and rewarding road of repentance and recovery. In the midst of of travelling this road I felt a need to pray about serving as a Mormon Missionary. I was hesitant to ask God because I was afraid He would want me to go...and I didn't want to be a missionary. Well, I couldn't deny that feeling, and I prayed. A few short months later I was in the Missionary Training Center on my way to serve as a Missionary in Canada. That experience of teaching others the values and doctrine of this religion, serving constantly, and having my life be completely dedicated to God brought me to my own knees in humble acknowledgment that His gospel is really on the earth in its fulness, that Christ is my Savior, my Healer, my Guide, and most importantly, my Friend. I have a deep and abiding conviction that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Church of Jesus Christ upon the earth today. I know that for myself because I've lived it, because I've felt the difference between when I've had it and when I haven't. This gospel brings joy, peace, and contentment to my life. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I recently returned from serving as a missionary for my church, and that was a wonderful opportunity for me to be fully immersed in living my religion. I was able to teach people about my beliefs, serve others as Christ would serve them and devote all my time and efforts to God. Now that I am home I continue to serve those I am around. I try to be aware of those who may be in need, and help them out. My mission really helped me have eyes that can see someone in need. I know my mother has really appreciated having a pair of more willing hands in her midst! I serve the youth in my congregation as well; I was asked to lead the girls at church ages 12-18. I teach them on Sunday, and help organize weekly activities for them to attend, so that they can learn new skills and be around other youth with similar values and ideals.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Ashley
Well, each missionary is different. The important thing to remember is that they are real people, with real interests and personalities, so each missionary will have a different approach. Some will be more "all business" and others will be more "relaxed." But no matter who the missionary may be, each one will talk about Christ, His sacrifice for us, and how He makes it possible for us to live with God again. They will talk about the church that Christ organized primitively, and how that church is again on the earth. They will talk to you about God's Plan for us and the purpose to life. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Ashley
The Book of Mormon is an ancient religious text that testifies of Christ, like the Holy Bible. The Bible is a compilation of writings by ancient prophets who gave us testimonies of and revelations concerning Christ, and His gospel. We believe that God loves ALL His children, and would reveal His gospel to people around the world, not just on one continent. Prophets on the American continent, like those in ancient Israel, recorded their prophesies, revelations and testimonies of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon works hand in hand with the Bible, acting as another witness of the reality of the life, ministry and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Ashley
A testimony is a personal belief based off of a witness from God. We believe that God hears and answers prayers through the Holy Ghost. In the Bible we learn various ways that the Holy Ghost "speaks" to us, or the fruits of the spirit; some of those feelings are: peace, comfort, love, joy, happiness; each a positive feeling. The Holy Ghost teaches us the truth, so when we are seeking answers through prayer and feel those feelings we can be reassured that God has heard our prayer and has sent His Spirit to witness to our heart and mind that something is true. And thus a testimony is born! That testimony can be strengthened as you share what you have felt with others and feel a confirming feeling from the Holy Ghost as you speak. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Ashley
The Temples are not secret, they are sacred. Mormons believe in making covenants, or special promises, with God. Our everday worship takes place in our chapels, but we go to the Temple to make covenants with God, and to help others do the same. Because of the sacredness of the temple we are asked to live our lives to a certain standard. Before we go to the temple we are interviewed by our eccliastical leaders to ascertain that we are indeed living in accordance with God's laws and are therefore worthy of entering His holy house. Show more Show less