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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a mother, wife, graduate student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I am a wife and mother. I grew up in the church and have always known it to be true. I used to really worry about what others thought of me and felt very discouraged when people said disapproving things about my religion. For several years I let what they thought about my life influence the way I lived. I changed many crucial aspects of my life to "fit in" to what I was told would make me happier. There were moments of "happiness," but many of these choices had consequences that were not so "happy." It took many heart-breaks and life lessons for me to realize that I was not "happy." My choices were not helping me become a better person and the people I surrounded myself with were not happy either. I made some difficult changes in my life and returned to the basics of the gospel. I was able to introduce my husband to the church. Initially, he was not interested in joining, but came occasionally to appease me and support me in my decisions. He met two awesome missionaries that really made him feel comfortable and challenged him to find out the truthfulness of the gospel himself. He was baptized six months later. We were married six months after that and sealed a year after his baptismal date. We now have three children whom I love dearly. It is not always roses and unicorns, but they are spirit children of our Heavenly Father and we have the divine duty of raising them as Heavenly Father or Christ would.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church ever since I was a child. I do realize that there are many difficult decisions and trials that are placed in our lives every day. Being a member of the church does not exclude us from the temptations of Satan and the trials of mortal life. I have experienced life with and without the church and I can 100% attest that the comfort and support that Christ and Heavenly Father and the members of the church provide are an amazing asset to have through the joyous and difficult times in our lives.

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity each week to attend church meetings. The freedom of religion in our country is a wonderful blessing that all too often we really take for granted. When I think about the blessings this great nation offers us, it really puts things into perspective. I am grateful that I am able to work with the children of our church. I love how they are so hungry to learn about their Heavenly Father. I love that I am able to participate in activities on a regular basis that improve the well-being and lives of so many people. I enjoy when I am able to serve others through making meals, collecting of material commodities, and any other form of service that I can do to help others when it is needed. When we serve others it is easier to forget or lessen the stress of hardships we may be dealing with.