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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a biologist. I'm a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I'm a middle school science teacher at a charter school in a big city. I love reading and puzzles, and word games of all kinds. I love trivia and learning about new things. I'm the second of five children, and the only daughter. I grew up in Texas and Oklahoma my whole life, then attended college in Chicago and served a full-time mission in Romania. After what seemed an eternity of being single, I recently married the love of my life at the age of 26. I know, it seems pretty young to a lot of people! I hope to be a stay-at-home mom someday. I have PCOS Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which causes fertility problems, so the dream of motherhood has been delayed for me so far.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born into an active Mormon family. I say blessed, because I don't know if I would have had the wisdom or courage to seek for the truth if it hadn't been right in front of me. Although I grew up in the Church, I went through my own trials and doubts as a young teenager. I couldn't bring myself to disbelieve in the existence of God, but I stopped believing He cared about me, and I stopped caring about Him. Through a series of personal experiences, I gradually came to know for myself that Jesus Christ was my Savior, and that the gospel was true. I remember very clearly the moments when I received the witness of the Holy Ghost that Jesus really was the Son of God and my Redeemer at age 13, and when I gained a testimony that the Book of Mormon really was the word of God at age 15. It is hard to describe, but the feelings I had in those instances, now many years ago, were so powerful that I can neither forget nor deny them. Since that time, I continue to receive strength and guidance from the Holy Spirit, and my testimony of and my love for my Savior and His gospel continue to grow.

How I live my faith

For me, my career is a way I live my faith. There are two ways this is true First, I chose to become a teacher in response to a very powerful spiritual experience that guided me in that direction. Second, I feel that teaching and serving kids is a great way to express my appreciation to my Savior for His teaching and service, and a way I can follow His example.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mormons believe that grace is essential to salvation. None of us is capable of redeeming ourselves. None of us can ever be worthy to return to live with our Heavenly Father on our own merits. We all need the saving grace of Jesus Christ to cleanse us from sin and to strengthen us in our efforts to become more like God. Grace is the power that makes repentance possible, and it is the power that makes it possible for us to overcome our own weaknesses. In order to access God's grace, we need to pray for it. We also need to do our best however little that may be to live the teachings of Jesus. Our own efforts do not "earn" us grace, but they do show God that we are ready and willing to receive His grace. Show more Show less