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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm from Southern California. I love the beach! I'm a first time mom. I have a degree in psychology. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Orange County, California so I have a great love for the beach and the sunshine. Right now I am living in Utah where my husband found a great job. The problem it, it's too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter! We can't wait to get back to perfect weather all year round! I have a BS in Psychology (with a minor in Philosophy). I have worked as a private tutor for many years as well as a classroom aide at various elementary and middle schools. I have also done behavioral therapy for a young child with autism and worked in a multisensory cognition lab doing research on children's attention. I love people- the way they think, the way the act, and everything that makes them tick. But, I am happy to have the chance to put my career goals on hold and raise a family. We welcomed our first child (a perfect little boy) in January of 2012. I have loved staying home with him and being able to witness every little milestone first hand. It hasn't been easy, but I can't imagine a better job than being a mom!

Why I am a Mormon

Simply put I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is God's true church. I love what Elder Neil A Anderson, a leader in our church, said. "It's true isn't it? Then what else matters?" I have prayed to know the truth and I know that I have found God's true church. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know there is a prophet on the earth today. I know that God restored His church through a young boy named Joseph Smith. I know these things because I have received answers to my prayers and because I have seen promises fulfilled as I have lived the gospel plan. As Elder Anderson said, "It's true isn't it?" Yes! It is true! Then what else matters? Nothing in this world matters more to me than this gospel. As soon as I accepted this church as truth, everything else fell into place. It isn't always easy, but none of that matters. This simple statement has changed my life. It puts everything in perspective. I don't need to waste my time worrying about earthly troubles because God has restored His gospel and revealed a plan to return to Him. This is what matters! Of course there will be heart ache and trails, but with the proper perspective, we can get through them. The only way for anyone to know what I know is to try it. Read the Book of Mormon. Pray. Ask God if it is true. I know He will answer every sincere prayer. And I know that you too can come to say, yes it is true and nothing else matters!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be more like our Savior Jesus Christ every day. As I feel His love, I want to serve those around me more and more. I also know that he wants me to be successful in all my worthwhile undertakings. Because of this I try to do my best in everything I do. I take school, work, and my relationships seriously. I do the best I can to teach my child about the Savior and how to love Him. I stand up for what I believe by being an active voter and citizen. I know the Lord blesses those who do His will.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

 I know there is a prophet like Moses on the Earth today. God teaches us that He is the same yesterday, today, and always. In the Bible He taught through prophets who lead the church. When Jesus Christ Himself came to the earth, He acted as a prophet and leader of the church among many other important things, such as suffering for our sins and dying that we may live again. God has not changed. He still speaks through prophets. His prophet is President Thomas S. Monson. Since the time of Joseph Smith there have been 16 prophets. God loves His children as much today as He did in Biblical times. He has not left us alone. The only way to know for yourself is to ask God. I know He will answer every sincere prayer. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes. The Bible is part of our sacred scripture. We read the King James Version because we believe it is the most pure translation. Because there are so many translations of the Bible, there is a lot of disagreement between religions today. This is why we also have the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is ANOTHER testament of Jesus Christ. It does not replace the Bible, but rather enhances it's teachings. It clarifies the confusion that was created by multiple translations of the Bible and further testifies that Jesus is the Christ. These two records work together to prove that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and to teach how we can become more like Him and eventually live with Him again. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

True faith must be centered in Jesus Christ. As a Mormon, this is something I have been taught since I was young. We do not have faith in or worship Mormon or Joseph Smith or any other man. They are simply prophets of God who do His work on this earth. We admire them and are grateful for the role they played in bringing truth back to the earth, but it is in Jesus Christ that we place our faith. He is the only one who can truly bring us happiness! My faith in Him has brought me peace in my life and comfort in times of trial. He is my Savior and my Redeemer and I love Him!! Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

We need a Savior because we are imperfect. The Bible and the Book of Mormon teach that no unclean thing can enter into the Kingdom of God. God is perfect and we must be too if we are to be in his presence. This is not possible on our own. Each one of us has sinned and needs forgiveness. Jesus Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. He suffered for each one so that we would not have to. We still suffer the consequences of our actions; but, if we repent, we can be forgiven and avoid further punishment. It is through this Atonement that Christ offered that we are perfected. Without Him, we would never be able to be perfectly clean, and we would never be able to be in the presence of God. I am so grateful for the sacrifice of my Savior and am in awe that He loves me (along with every person that has or will ever come to this earth) enough to suffer for my every sin. It gives me a great sense of worth, along with the confidence and desire to be be the best I can! Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Mormonism is a nick name for The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is the same church that Christ himself established when He was on the earth. One of Christ's many titles (along with Savior and Redeemer) is Prophet. He was the physical head of the church while he was here. Since He is no longer physically on the earth, He has called a prophet to be the physical head of the Church. He is still the ultimate head, but He communicates with His prophet through revelation about how the Church is to be run on the earth. This is what He did in Old Testament times before He came to earth. And this is what He does now, after leaving the earth. After Christ died, non believers killed His Apostles. There was no longer a physical head of the Church. That is why Jesus Christ, along with God the Father, appeared to Joseph Smith in 1820. They were calling Him to be a Prophet. Shortly after this calling, the priesthood (or the power to act in the name of God) was also restored to the earth. Since Christ and His Apostles were the only ones who held this power, when they were killed, it was no longer on the earth. That is, until it was restored to Joseph Smith. These two things, a prophet and the priesthood, are a large part of what make Mormonism different from other Christian churches. They are also proof that this is the same church that Christ himself established. Mormonism teaches that that the only way we can return to live with God is through the Atonement of Christ. Show more Show less