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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a wife, a proud mother of 2 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in Texas and Utah. I attended Brigham Young University and received my Bachelor's Degree in Biology. It was there that I met and married my husband. We now have a beautiful little girl and handsome little boy. We are interested in foster care and adoption and are hoping to add to our family soon. My favorite hobbies are learning about new things and watching my kids learn and grow. When I get the opportunity, I also love to country dance, sing, sew, and read.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager, I came to a point in my life when I had a ton of questions. I'm one who has to figure things out for myself. I spent many months attending and studying about different churches and their beliefs. I still remember falling on my knees one night in my room, so frustrated and confused. I told my Father in Heaven that I was sick of all the questions and just wanted to know one way or the other what was true. I felt impressed to read about the vision of Joseph Smith, which I had never read before. I can't adequately describe how I felt that night, but an overwhelming sense of understanding and peace came over me and I just knew that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, which meant that our Savior had truly restored His church upon this earth as it was before. I know that our Loving Father in Heaven wouldn't leave us alone without guidance during a time when the adversary has presented so many new evils into the world and has distorted truth with man's interpretations. I know He again sends prophets to us to serve as His mouth piece during these times to counsel and guide us. The Lord has counseled us that "by their fruits ye shall know them" and I feel nothing but peace and light when I hear the words of our prophets. I have read both the Bible and Book of Mormon and know them both to be inspired words from God to witness of Jesus Christ, because I have asked my Father in Heaven if they are true. I know that our Father in Heaven listens to and answers our prayers, because I have experienced countless examples. I know that the family unit is an essential part of the Lord's plan for us to learn, grow, and understand His love for us. Most importantly, I know that our Savior, Jesus Christ, suffered and died for us and knows all our hardships and pain. I have felt the redeeming love of my Savior many times in my life and am so grateful for His atoning sacrifice. I know that my Savior and King now stands at the head of His church once again.

How I live my faith

"Let your light so shine before men, that they might see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven" (Matt 5:16). I believe the most important way tp live one's faith is by example. I want people to be able to see that there's something different about me and know that it is because of my faith. When I was baptized, I promised to take upon me the name of Jesus Christ. That means that I have become His representative of truth, and so the way I present myself, behave, and speak should be done in accordance with his teachings and counsel. However, I'm far from perfect and have many times had to rely on my Savior's atoning sacrifice for forgiveness. The other way I live my faith is by following Christ's example of love and service. The most important place I live this is in my home as a wife and a mother. I know my divine purpose as a mother is to teach my children about Jesus Christ and His teachings. I want to be able to teach them about the love of Christ by example. "As the Father hath loved me, so have I love you; continue ye in my love" (John 15:9).

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

Ashley
We believe the temples to be sacred places of worship and want to keep them pure and holy. Therefore, we must be living our lives in a way that we do not defile the House of God. The ordinances we perform in there are sacred and not secret. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Ashley
We believe ordinances such as baptism and marriage must be done with the proper authority that can only originate from God. This is passed on to faithful men who are living their lives worthy of holding such a power. 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?

Ashley
We believe Joseph Smith received revelation in reguard to avoiding these substances, which we call the Word of Wisdom. I have never been one to follow counsel soley based on faith, so I will explain why I believe this counsel was given. The one and only thing that our Father in Heaven has given us that is truly ours and ours alone is our free agency to choose. These substances have the potential of taking away our agency through addiction. These things have also been scientifically shown to be harmful to our bodies, which are also another precious gift from our Father in Heaven. It is also important that we properly care for our bodies so we can have the strength and energy to do the Lord's work. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Ashley
Understanding church history is essential in understanding the answer to this question. I believe this revelation was given to Joseph Smith in preperation for the trials to come in their long journey to Salt Lake. Times were different then. Single parent households just didn't and couldn't survive. A woman simply could not provide for her children on her own. Especially during their long trek to Salt Lake, a family relied heavily upon the father for strength and guidance. Not only did many men die from illness, cold, or fatigue, but during their journey, many were called to leave their families to fight in the war as the Mormon Battalion. Hundreds of woman and children were left without providers. I believe the Lord provided them a way to be blessed and cared for. Only those who were faithful enough and had the ability of providing for more were given more wives. Once it was no longer necessary, it was ended. Many people in the Bible practiced polygamy when it was commanded by God to be necessary. For example, the 12 sons of Israel came from 4 different women. It was necessary then to fulfill a commandment to multiply the earth. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Ashley
Absolutely! Afterall, the correct name of our church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We believe Jesus Christ to be our Savior and Redeemer who suffered and died for our sins that we may be forgiven. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Ashley
We revere and hold sacred the words of God recorded in the Bible. We love and respect the Biblical prophets who diligently recorded the Lord's teachings that we many have them at our fingertips. We also believe that God loves all of His children and wants to give everyone the opportunity to hear His words, which is why we believe He called other prophets to teach His children in other parts of the world. Interestingly enough, many ancient religions contained similar truths and stories taught in the Bible. We believe the Book of Mormon to be another record of the Lord's teaching from prophets called to guide His people here in America thousands of years ago. We believe it was kept safe from corruption to serve as another testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ in these latter-days. We revere all counsel from God as sacred scripture. Show more Show less