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Hi I'm Ashla

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in open land loving animals and the mountains.

About Me

I am the youngest of a large family. I grew up on a farm, and loved being together with my parents and siblings. Our family learned how to work, play, and pray together. I love being Mormon because family is central to our religion. I live for my family. They are great examples on how to live an honorary life with high standards. I graduated with a Music degree, and have a passion for playing the piano. I love to sing, and also hope to learn how to play the guitar (in progress!) and the violin. Another passion I have is sewing. My grandma taught me to sew for the first time when I was eight. I continued to learn how to sew at home, and minored in Fashion Design in college. I am working for a company now with all sorts of clothing alternations, and love my work. I have also spent a lot of time horseback riding—I grew up with horses, and have been riding a horse since my first ride with my sister at eight-months-old. My interests also include dancing and clogging.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon gives me hope, especially through this past year, when my mom suddenly passed away in an automobile accident. When she passed away I questioned everything, including what I believe. I felt alone, and wondered how I could get through it. Then I realized I wasn't supposed to feel alone, but that I should let my Savior into my heart. That is when peace and joy began to fill my life even at a time of such spiritual pain and uncertainty. I realized that the Savior had been through my experience and much more, that He had already felt the pain I felt (and continue to feel), and that He could heal me. I felt His love for me, even when the pain would not go away. I still had to go through it, but because He was there, I felt peace and knew He would help me. Because of His love, I have been able to bear the anguish, and have even started to heal. I have a deeper understanding of God's love for each of His children, and especially for me going through this experience at such a critical time in my life. I know that He loves me. I don't know why my mom had to leave. But being a Mormon has helped me to find hope through this experience: Hope in the Savior, to be healed both spiritually and emotionally. Hope that right will prevail in an increasingly difficult world. Hope that I will be with my family again after this life. Hope that all is not lost after I have made a wrong choice. I know that because Christ has died for me, I can repent, and turn back to Him. I am grateful to have been part of a Mormon home, with parents who loved and taught their children about the Savior. They wanted each of us to learn about Him, so that we would believe in Him and have faith in Him. I am grateful to have been taught about Christ throughout my life. Being Mormon has made all the difference in realizing the purpose of life and of death. I know that being Mormon has given me reasons to live and to love again.

How I live my faith

I love working with the women in our church. We come to know the Savior by the acts of kindness we perform together. Many times, we come together to do service projects to help those in need around the neighborhood, or outside the neighborhood—even in other countries. We get together to teach one another frequently about improving our lives, and learning new skills. I find so much joy in doing these things. By learning to do good, I hope to show my love for the Savior, and to be more like Him. Still, I am not perfect, but wholeheartedly believe that I can improve and even overcome all my imperfections through Him.