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Hi I'm Ashleigh

I'm married to my best friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I enjoy hiking, playing board games, playing croquet, making dinner together, watching movies, and watching TV shows (Seinfeld is our favorite and we own 6 of the seasons). I enjoy listening to music. Regina Spektor is one of my favorite artists. And Ben Folds. I was in the same flight as him from LA to Atlanta once and that was really cool, so I can't dismiss him. I was in concert and marching band in high school. Nerdy, I know. I did love it though because I made a lot of friends while doing it and it definitely brought me out of the shell I was once in. I fell out of playing after high school, but I'm planning on picking it up again soon. After high school, I attended college, met my sweet husband, married him, graduated from college, and began looking for a job. I am still working on finding a job. It's hard to not have a job, but I have found other ways to serve and better myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy. Living the way the Lord would have me has brought me more happiness than anything else could. When my dad died at a young age, a knowledge of life after death and eternal families is what made me happy. It is also the thing that I have always had the strongest testimony of. This may be why it was an easy decision for me to get married in the temple to the man that I love very deeply. The temple is where I have felt the spirit more strongly than ever. It is there that I gained a very firm testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's church.

How I live my faith

A wonderful sermon in the Book of Mormon is given by a man named King Benjamin. He taught that if you are in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service of your God. I live my faith by trying to love and serve those around me as much as possible. I don't have a job right now, which is hard. It is, however, a great opportunity for me to spend my time serving. Some people don't have a lot of time, food, or money. I try to help out by watching people's kids during the day, volunteering at a food pantry, going to the temple, volunteering to teach with the LDS missionaries, and indexing. My husband has always been a great example of serving everyone. We have a list of long- and short-term goals that we keep up on our wall to remind ourselves of things we want to accomplish in this life. One of them is to start a micro-financing company. We feel that we have been very blessed in our lives and it's our responsibility to find ways to help others who are in need of it. We plan on teaching business classes so people can start a business or improve an existing one. We also have a goal to serve a mission together. We want to be able to help others feel Christ's love. We also want them to experience the happiness that the gospel has brought into our lives. Lastly, I live my faith by doing the daily things that bring me closer to my savior: reading the scriptures, praying, fulfilling my church calling, and treating everyone around me with respect and love.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Yes. Christ taught, "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd" (John 10:16). These sheep included those who lived in the Americas. The Book of Mormon, in an extremely brief nutshell, is the story of a man, Lehi, and his family who left Jerusalem and sailed to a chosen land-the Americas (meaning North and South America) around 600 BC. Other groups such as the Jaredites came as well. They were Jews who had a testimony that Christ would come. About 635 years after arriving in the Americas, Christ visited his "other sheep" there. He blessed and taught them just as he had with those in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. Christ also visited other places, but we have no records of those visits...yet. He also opened up missionary work in the spirit world (where we go after we die), where people who did not have the chance to hear His gospel could hear it and be blessed because of it. It is an amazing blessing to know that Christ is aware of all us. He not only blessed those who happened to live in Jerusalem at the time that He happened to reside there. He blesses those who lived in other countries, other time periods and he continues to bless us today! Show more Show less