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Hi I'm Conrad Ashby

I'm a blues guitarist, jazz bassist, & novelist. I enjoy snowboarding, scuba diving, & flying airplanes with my dad. I'm a Mormon

About Me

The first thing you need to know about me is that I love to be busy and I love doing crazy stuff. For exercise I snowboard, wakeboard, hike, swim, and play basketball, tennis, ju-jitzo, and lacrosse. I like to travel, read, watch movies, play guitar and bass, attempt to sing, and write fictional short stories and novels. I also spend a considerable amount of time adding to my Lego collection! I love trying new things, especially if look like a goof while doing it! I enjoy learning new things and I strongly belive that if I don't learn something new everyday, then that day was wasted. Right now I'm learning probably more than I ever have. I'm a missionary! Right now I am serving among a wonderful group of people called the Karen. I am learning to speak the Karen language and loving every minute of my time spent with them. Once I finish my missionary service I will attend University to prepare for medical school. Although my life is a busy adventure, there are three things that I always make time for: My Family, My Friends, and My Savior.

Why I am a Mormon

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because of the peace and hope I feel through living the gospel of Christ. Christ is the way, the truth, and the life and He is the only way that we can be saved from our sins. Because of His love for us, He has once again established His gospel in its fulness through the prophet Joseph Smith. Through Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ restored His church that contains all of the blessings, ordinances, organization, and priesthood power as the church He created while he walked the earth in the Meridian of time. We have a living prophet on the earth today. I know this is true because of the witness that I have received through the power of the Holy Ghost. The Book of Mormon has helped me to gain a greater understanding of Christ's atonement and has helped me to implement Christ's healing grace in my life. Christ's atonement covers all pain, sorrow, illness, and all the unfairness in life. I am so grateful for His love for me. He has given me so much. He walked His path alone so that none of us have to. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves. I testify that He lives! He is the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the World. I love Him with all my heart.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. He has given us commandments that are designed to help us become more like Him. The two great commandments are to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, mind, might, and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. I try my best to be the person that God wants and expects me to be. I fall short daily, but we have been given the divine gift of repentance that makes it possible to change and improve ourselves each day. We can show our love for the Lord by turning away from our sins and allow Him to mold us into what he would have us become. Another way that I am living my faith is by sharing Christ's gospel with God's children. I am currently serving as a Full-Time Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission and I'm loving every minute of it! My purpose as a missionary is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. I love the Lord and His gospel and I want to share His message with the world. I have seen the blessings that have come through obedience to the Lord's commandments, and I have learned to trust in His guidance. God is so good to us and His gospel is the only way to have true happiness in this life and eternal life in the next.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Conrad Ashby
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are not required to serve a full-time misson, though many accept the opportunity eagerly. Full-time missionary service is a privilege and a blessing in the lives of those who choose to serve as well as their families and those who they serve. Members of the church have been strongly incouraged to share the good news of the gospel with everyone that they come in contact with. Many prophets have counselled that "every member should be a missionary". Members of the church can be missionaries in the way that they treat their neighbors, friends, and co-workers. They can live a life of service and love, thus emulating the example of our Lord Jesus. Mormons follow the admonition of Paul by "[being] an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Conrad Ashby
As cool of a guy as Joseph Smith was, we do not worship him. Joseph Smith was an amazing man, but he was just that, a man. Mormons only worship God our Heavenly Father and His Only-Begotten Son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Conrad Ashby
My favorite aspect about the nature of God is that He is our Loving Heavenly Father. How cool is that? God is literally our father and he loves us more than we can comprehend! He created this beautiful planet filled with all of its craziness and awesomeness just for us. He put us in families so that we could have friendship and support. Most importantly, He sent his perfect son, our eldest brother, Jesus Christ to pay the price for our sins so that we could return back to live with Him. Just like our earthly parents want us to succeed and be happy, Heavenly father wants us to be successful and have a fulness of joy in this life and eternal life in the world to come. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Conrad Ashby
Finding a mormon is usually pretty easy. Just look for 2 young guys in suits and a black name tag riding bikes around town. I promise that if you talk to them, they will be overjoyed to talk to you. Another way that you can get in contact with someone in the church is by submitting your contact information on this website. The information is given to local representatives for the church and you should hear from them in a week or less. You can also search for the address to the local meeting house and service times. We love visitors! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Conrad Ashby
The family is the central focus of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Everything that we do in the church is to help us grow closer to our family and our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Although every family is different, the gospel of Jesus Christ will help families grow closer together. I've seen this in my own family. I am so grateful for amazing parents who taught me to love God and to serve others. Being part of a family is the greatest! I'm excited to one day get married and be a husband and a dad and to teach my kids to love God and love others. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Conrad Ashby
Simply put, tithing is one-tenth of our annual income that members of the church donate to the Lord and His Church. Just like all commandments, tithing comes with a promise. In Malachi, the Lord commands, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Tithing is used to bless the lives of others. With tithing, church buildings are built, service is rendered, communities receive education, and nations are blessed. No tithing money is given to the leaders of our church. Leadership in the church is a service. Tithing is one of the many means that God uses to help his children and to further His redeeming work. Tithing is one of the many wonderful aspects of Jesus Christ's Church. Show more Show less