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Hi I'm Ashton Young

I'm an artist, and I love exploring the designs and craftsmanship of the past.

About Me

Perhaps the place I like to be more than any other, is home. Having been blessed with loving parents, when they decided to establish a home business in studio art, I eagerly hopped aboard. My time is divided between easel painting and other pursuits typically associated with art, and the myriad sideline tasks associated with self-employment. Happily, I enjoy both. When I'm not at work, I enjoy time in the garden, listening to music, or writing in my journal. Thanks to my parents, Sunday has always been a day apart from the rigors of the week. While growing up, attending church each week was a habit, so it's been easy to continue it into adulthood. I believe in man's ability to commune with Deity through thought and prayer, and in Heaven's complete ability to respond.

Why I am a Mormon

Because of loving parents and grandparents who are Latter-day Saints, I was born into a home where principles of the restored gospel were taught as far back as I can remember. We had family home evenings, laughed, celebrated holidays, attended church and school and work, ate meals together, and did all the normal things a family does. Growing up in such an atmosphere, I felt secure and always knew the gospel was true. Later, as I consistently applied what my parents had taught, there was no storm of life that shook that belief. Though I have not experienced all the trials a person could have, I know that Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of the world, the First Vision is a reality, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church authorized to administer the ordinances of salvation. I also know that God listens to and answers sincere prayers, no matter who offers them, where or when. The first verse from a favorite hymn declares Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, Uttered or unexpressed, The motion of a hidden fire That trembles in the breast. See Hymns, 145, "Prayer Is the Soul's Sincere Desire."

How I live my faith

What I learn at church seeps into all aspects of my life. A quorum lesson on honesty, for instance, affects choices I make in the workplace, inspiring me to keep my word and provide a meaningful day of work. Church activities held during the week, whether sports events, gospel study, or service projects, provide opportunities to enjoy the company of good friends.

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

Ashton Young
Yes. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Ashton Young
A testimony is like a personal flashlight and helps us search out a path on an otherwise dangerous, intractable journey. It comes as a result of sincere prayer and study, and comes through the Holy Ghost. Some questions are of greater importance than others, such as where we came from, why we are here, or where we go after this life. In the Doctrine and Covenants, the Savior explains, " . . .behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right" (Doctrine and Covenants 9:8). But batteries eventually run out of energy. For instance, once a person knows that God lives and loves us, that faith will fade if not acted upon. God invites us to believe in Him and keep His commandments. As we strive to do so, He rewards our faith and gives us replacement batteries. We feel the same peace, joy, and comfort we did initially, when we first knew that something is true. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Ashton Young
I believe "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" says it best: "By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners." Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Ashton Young
No. The Church does not. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Ashton Young
When we have faith, we believe in something we cannot see or perfectly understand, but that is nevertheless true. (See Heb. 11:1 and Alma 32:21.) When both members of a marriage or other relationship exercise faith in Jesus Christ, someone whom they may not know personally but who is nonetheless real, they have something that is true and common between them to hold onto. And if a couple shares faith in the Savior, they not only share a core belief, they know that through the Savior's grace, the mistakes they inevitably make can be swallowed up as they strive to follow His teachings. This applies, of course, to relationships outside marriage, as well. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Ashton Young
The Lord's law of health, also known as the Word of Wisdom, is a gateway to enriching every aspect of life. We believe that some substances are harmful to the body, including coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. This belief stems from guidance Joseph Smith received, that includes beautiful promises to those who keep this law of health (D&C 89: 18-21): "And all . . . who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; "And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; "And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint. "And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them." In addition, the Church's doctrine concerning health is not simply prohibitive (D&C 59:18-20): "Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; "Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul. "And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion." As I have followed these practices, I have found a greater ability to enjoy the world around me, think clearly, and feel closer to God. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Ashton Young
I like President Hinckley's answer to this question: "Women do not hold the priesthood because the Lord has put it that way. It is part of His program." (President Hinckley was the president of the Church until his death in 2008.) In a world very sensitive to the role of women, this might seem unfair. It does mean that there are certain responsibilities that men carry, that women do not, such as presiding at meetings or performing priesthood ordinances. But president Hinckley also points out: ". . . women have a tremendous place in this Church. They have their own organization. It was started in 1842 by the Prophet Joseph Smith, called the Relief Society, because its initial purpose was to administer help to those in need. It has grown to be, I think, the largest women’s organization in the world. . . . They have their own offices, their own presidency, their own board. That reaches down to the smallest unit of the Church everywhere in the world . . . “The men hold the priesthood, yes. But my wife is my companion. In this Church the man neither walks ahead of his wife nor behind his wife but at her side. They are co-equals in this life in a great enterprise.” Show more Show less