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Hi I'm David Ashby

I love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am a Dad with three children and I have a wonderful wife. My family is very important to me. My wife and I enjoy spending time together working in the garden or taking walks. We have been married for 21 years in September. My son is 17 soon to be 18 and will be graduating from high school the end of May. I enjoy playing basketball and video games with my son. We enjoy going backpacking and camping together and occasionally hunting. I have two daughters the older is 13 and enjoys activities with her friends and is getting used to our new home. We recently moved and have been living in our new area for almost two years. I enjoy spending time with my daughter playing games and watching movies, she enjoys reading and loves to have me read with her. My youngest daughter is 10 years old. I enjoy spending time with her working with our new horse Weston and being outside. She enjoys hiking and her and I have been on several short hikes which she is very good at. I enjoy the outdoors, camping, fishing, hiking and hunting are some of my hobbies. I also enjoy working around my yard and taking care of the six acres around my home. I have a few animals and enjoy working with my animals at home as well as at work. I work for the federal government and currently I am the recreation manager on the Minidoka Ranger District of the Sawtooth National Forest. I spend a lot of time both at work and through my church working with boy scouts and various volunteer groups. At work I get the chance to interact with lots of different interest and user groups that enjoy the National Forest. I enjoy working with these groups and helping find solutions for responsible enjoyment of our National Forest. I get to spend a lot of time outdoors as part of my job. I ride ATV's, snowmobiles, horses, walk and drive throughout the ranger district were I work each year. I think it is a great opportunity that I get to work where and how I do. It provides me the opportunity to meet lots of good people and to see beautiful places on the National Forest.  I also enjoy meeting and working with all the great folks at church.

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon because of many experiences throughout my life. I grew up in a Mormon family and for many years as a young person participated in church because everyone in my family did. When I turned 19 years old I was expected to serve a mission. While preparing for my mission at the Missionary Training Center I had an experience that changed my attitude from just doing what I was expected to do to doing it because I wanted too. I was practicing lessons with one of the instructors at the Missionary Training Center and as I was going through the motions of teaching the lesson on the Book of Mormon I got to the part at the end of the lesson when I was expected to share my feeling about the truthfulness of the book. I hesitated and then told the instructor I didn't know what to say. She asked if I knew the things I was teaching were true. As I thought about the answer to her question and I started to express my feelings about the Book of Mormon the Holy Ghost testified to me it was true. The feelings I had were joyous and wonderful. I felt like I could conquer the world with the knowledge I had gained. My tears flowed freely as I felt the truthfulness of the lesson I was learning to teach. Although up to that point in my life I had participated fully in activities at church I had not really understood the assurance that was available to me of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ I felt that day. I had felt the Holy Ghost before this experience but never so powerfully. I have since felt the Holy Ghost powerfully in many different situations and under many different circumstances. Feelings and instructions from the Holy Ghost have protected me and my family from harm and helped me to learn and grow. God loves and cares about each one of us, and as we try to do what is right he will strengthen us and give us experiences that will help us along our path through life. Through the Holy Ghost I have learned the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his church here on earth. 

How I live my faith

 I try to live my faith everyday by following the example of Jesus Christ. I do my best to treat others the way I would like to be treated. I feel it is very important to be part of the community in which I live. I participate in school and community activities with my children and enjoy attending and participating in all kinds of church activities. I have recently worked with the boy scouts in my church and last summer I enjoyed leading them on a week long backpack trip into the Sawtooth National Forest. Currently I am assigned to work with the primary and cub scouts. This allows me to spend time with the precious children, and the wonderful teachers who strive to teach them the gospel. I enjoy playing sports in our church, including basketball with the men and volleyball with my wife and other couples from church. My work allows me to meet a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and interests. I try to treat everyone with respect and understand others points of view. In my family I strive to lead them in a way that will bring us all closer to Jesus Christ. We do this through having regular wholesome activities we can enjoy together and by reading the scriptures and praying together regularly. My family has struggles just like everyone does but I believe that we are blessed by trying to keep the commandments and follow the guidance of the church leaders, and the example of Jesus Christ.

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

David Ashby
Temples are were sacred ordinances are performed. Because of the sacred nature of the temple those who enter are required to meet worthiness standards in order to participate. If the standards of worthiness for entering the temple were lowered it would reduce the sacredness and special nature of the temple and the ordinances performed within. There are no secrets about what goes on in the temple. I would encourage anyone who is interested in learning about temples to attend an open house before a temple is dedicated in their area and get a tour of the entire temple.  Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

David Ashby
 Thomas S. Monson Show more Show less