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Hi I'm Ashley!

I am a recent college graduate. I am a former Disney World cast member. I am currently a Mormon missionary.

About Me

I grew up in a military family, so we were constantly on the move! I have come to love that aspect of my childhood. Continual change taught me how to adapt to new surroundings and make new friends quickly. It blessed me with the ability to meet and understand people from all kinds of backgrounds and life styles. I was raised a member of the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints, but didn't come to have my own testimony of its truthfulness until I was in my late teens. I had always tried my best to live the gospel and be obedient to my parents, but I did it out of a sense of duty and love for my parents. As I moved away from home and began to live on my own, I started to rely more on my Heavenly Father. I came to trust Him in the same way I trust my earthly father. In those moments when I would come to God and confide in Him, telling Him my worries and fears, my accomplishments and my excitement, I began to form a real relationship with Him. Those small but consistent moments created a bond that I now find hard to describe. I came to know God as my Father. I came to know Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and in time came to know that the gospel was truly restored by Joseph Smith. Because this knowledge fills me with such joy, I love to share it! I want others to have the same peace and happiness that I do. For the next 18 months I will be serving a full-time proselyting mission. I am a Mormon missionary because I found the truth and want to help others do the same.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints brings me comfort and joy. I have personally discovered that I am never happier than when I am doing what the Lord has asked me to do through His living prophet. There is a very strong, specific kind of joy that I experience in this church that I have been unable to find or mimic through any other means. I find peace in the teachings of the Gospel. Families are eternal. We are children of a loving, intimate God. There is life after death. Life has a purpose. I can be forgiven of my sins through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. This knowledge brings me joy. Why would I want to deny myself of the one thing that brings me true happiness in this difficult and often heartbreaking world?

How I live my faith

I live my faith by becoming what I was asked to be by the Lord and his son, Jesus Christ. I am doing so by obeying all the commandments to the very best of my ability. While I am far from perfect, I practice exercising my faith and trust that God and Christ will help me make up the difference through their grace and mercy as I do everything I possibly can to be obedient and faithful. I recently received a call to be a full-time missionary for the church. I will be leaving in June 2014 to serve in the Thailand Bangkok Misison for 18 months. I could not be more excited!

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

Ashley!
Mormon temples are an extremely sacred place. It is the House of the Lord on the earth. In order to enter such a sacred space, one must be worthy and living certain standards. While we are all children of God, in order to more fully come into His presence we need to prove that we are willing to obey His commandments and live to the standard He has set for us. Mormons who wish to enter the House of the Lord are interviewed by their leaders to confirm that they are obeying all the laws and striving to keep their lives in harmony with the teachings of the Lord's church. Inside the temple, we make sacred promises and performace special ordinances unto the Lord. The blessings offered in the temple are those that make it possible for families to live together forever, even after this mortal life has ended. While in the temple, we also learn eternal truths and continue to expand our knowledge and understanding about God's plan for His children. The experiences in the temple are sacred and are therefore not talked about openly out of respect for the promises we make to God inside His house. It is not about being secret, it is about maintaining respect and reverence for our Lord and God. Show more Show less