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