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Hi I'm Ashley

I love the ocean. I love Japanese cuisine. I love video games. I love dancing. I love my family. I love being Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Tokyo, Japan where I was the only member of my faith in school, then my family moved to Utah, USA where I was surrounded by members of my faith! I'm a university student at BYU pursuing a medical career, though my true loves in life are more artistic-- writing, reading, painting, photography, music, etc. I play video games, write songs on the piano, and dance in my kitchen for fun. I'm at peace when I'm in the kitchen cooking or reading a good book. I enjoy fashion and interior design. I have a weakness for babies. I have the best friends in the world and life is just so good! I love my family more than anything else in the world. My dad is my hero, my mom is my best friend, and my 3 younger brothers are my playmates and my rolemodels. I have a little sister named Taffy who is blonde, covered in fur and very chubby. Some say she is a yellow lab, but as far as we're concerned she's 100% human! My favorite things to do with my family are watching movies, sitting around the dinner table talking/laughing for hours, and recording raps with my brothers. I am a procrastinator, a perfectionist, skeptical and stubborn--- but I am trying to improve every day and I know my Heavenly Father loves me no matter what.

Why I am a Mormon

HAPPINESS One of my favorite phrases is "if you want to be happy, just be happy and then you'll be happy!" I truly believe happiness is a choice. I choose to be Mormon because I KNOW it allows me to be my happiest self, by being what God wants me to be. COMMANDMENTS I grew up in the church, however, I didn't always understand why God gave us so many commandments and sometimes wondered if I could be happier by not living them. But as I got older and wiser, and learned from experience, I am so much more free by following the guidelines of the gospel. God gives us commandments that keep us safe and bring us joy. Essentially, He has given us the 'cheat sheet' to happiness! Even if we don't fully understand why we are asked to do things, Heavenly Father knows us perfectly and wants to help us. You don't take my word for it... try it yourself and see. PRAYER I have learned that the most important thing I can ever do is to pray. It hit me one day what an enormous blessing prayer is! I thought about how difficult it would be to contact someone of high authority, like the US president or other figure. Think about the process you would have to go through to send him a message! And really, those people are just people like us. On the otherhand, Heavenly Father, who is the All-Knowing, God of the Universe and the Creator of all, has given us a way for us to communicate with Him! And He wants to hear from us, He wants to help us. I absolutely know He loves us individually. Sometimes I wondered if He even listened to my prayers, but as I learned patience and to trust Him, I have realized that He knows what is best for us. THE BOOK OF MORMON The Book of Mormon is truly an additional witness that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. He died for us because He loves us. I am amazed time and time again how the Book of Mormon is able to give us personal direction to us. Many times I received my answers to prayer from the Book of Mormon. It is an incredible book of scripture.

How I live my faith

I was thinking one day about how I can always stay strong in the gospel and maintain a close relationship with Heavenly Father and it hit me-- 'CPR' or, 'church, pray, read (scriptures)'. And most importantly, to do them consistently. We wouldn't eat one gigantic meal once a week and call it good-- we do it consistently. I make sure to attend church services every Sunday, pray every day (several times a day), and read my scriptures daily. I notice that when I am consistently doing these things, my life is more balanced and I feel at peace.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Well... I am one! I love being a Mormon woman. I have 3 brothers and no sisters, and because of the way my parents taught them and our beliefs in the church, my brothers treat me like a princess. They and my dad are so respectful to me and my mom. Men in our church have the understanding that we are daughters of a Heavenly King-- our Heavenly Father. We are all children of God. We have all inherited divine qualities and should all treat each other as such. Men and women are different, but equal in God's eyes. I love the Apostle Paul's statement, that “neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11:11). In the sight of God, and in the marriage relationship, men and women are equally important. Our church put out an official statement a few years ago titled "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" written by twelve Apostles, inspired from the Lord. In it, it states "By divine design, fathers are to watch over and teach their families in love and righteousness. They are to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers should help one another as equal partners." Does this mean that women shouldn't get an education? Not at all! They are especially encouraged to, and like my own mother, many women have even had to help her family at times financially. Marriage is a partnership. Show more Show less