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Hi I'm Ashley Rose

I'm a dancer, a computer geek, a photographer and I'm a Latter-Day Saint.

About Me

I just moved to the Washington, D.C. area from Rexburg, ID where my husband and I were attending school at Brigham Young University-Idaho. I graduated 2 years ago in Political Science and minored in Dance. We were social workers a year after we graduated and now we are enjoying our lives in the nation's capital. I will be celebrating my 3 year wedding anniversary in a few months and my time as a married woman has been absolutely amazing. I tell my husband that it's like having a sleepover with your eternal companion every night! Right now, I am currently unemployed, but I have a few plans up my sleeve! On my spare time, I do Tahitian dance and perform with a local group. I also like to play video games, work with computers (learning to code and what not!) and I'm learning to use a sewing machine! I come from a loving family and I was born into this church. My family were Muslim before they converted to the LDS church and we all got sealed in 1996 in the Oakland, CA temple.

Why I am a Mormon

I don't really like the term "Mormon" because it does not describe who we are. I prefer to be called a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The name is a lot longer, I know, but I want others to know that I AM a Christian who worships Heavenly Father AND Jesus Christ. I am a Latter-Day Saint because I personally chose to be that way. Even though I grew up in the church, I did not gain a strong testimony until I attended Brigham Young University-Idaho and met my husband. Seeing his example, helped me become a better person, even before we dated. I did have a testimony of this church, but it wavered so much in my youth after my father passed away when I was 16. I really struggled with that experience but thankfully, because of what the church teaches us about life after death and the truth from it, I was able to carry on. After gaining a strong testimony, I realized how much I love this church. I am a Latter-Day Saint because I feel so much peace in my heart and I know it is true. This church focuses so much on the positive in life and on families. I have so many opportunities to become a better person through repentance and the church focuses so much on moving forward instead of looking into the past. I am able to be sealed to my husband for time and all eternity instead of "till death do we part" and our children will be sealed to us automatically. I also love our prophet Thomas S. Monson and the apostles and leaders of this church. Although they do not know me personally, I feel their love and I know they have the best intentions for this church and use direct revelation from God. I also love reading the Book of Mormon. Not only is it true, but it is so interesting to read about ancient civilizations. "Why I am a Mormon" is such a generic and broad topic that I could spend hours discussing this. There is too much to say. I just love this church and its teachings with all my heart and I know this is the true church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am one of the CTR 4 teachers (I teach 4 year old children) and I am an Activity Days leader (working with girls ages 8-11, every other Wednesday of the month, doing fun activities and teaching them about the gospel). I attend an amazing ward every Sunday and I do enjoy my callings. In the past, in Idaho, my husband and I were in the Nursery for a year (ages 2-3) and Sunbeams for half a year (ages 3). It's been really fun and I enjoy teaching children. It's also been a challenge, since I lack so much patience and I have no idea how to deal with children who misbehave (I am the youngest in my family). I have been in Primary (which is almost like Sunday School for ages 3-11) for almost 3 years now and I do believe Heavenly Father is trying to teach me patience and love through my primary callings!

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Ashley Rose
Pornography is a growing drug/addiction in our modern times. While interning at an anti-porn non-profit, I learned that the best way to stop the spread of pornography is to actually make an effort, starting with your families and with yourself. The more advanced technology becomes, the more viral pornography will become. It is everywhere, on television and in music, but we can influence our families to make better decisions and be an example to those around us. Many believe it is their right in the United States of America, to have freedom of what they do and watch, and it is, but there is a bigger factor to pornography than most people think. Many of those men and (especially) women are trafficked and coerced into the industry. Many of the women are actually under-aged girls who were forced into the industry. If we can let people know this, others who believe their 1st amendment is being fringed upon can also take action and take pornography more serious than something that's "fun" and "entertainment," like it's harmless. Pornography has the influence to destroy marriages, jobs, social life, spirituality and lives in general. There have been studies of neurological similarities between the addiction to pornography and addiction to hard-core drugs. The only thing we can do, is actively fight it by putting up filters, talking to local political leaders about the illegal aspect of it, keeping yourself accountable and being an example and influential to those around you. Show more Show less