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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a hairbrush singer and a dashboard drummer. I'm a dreamer. I'm a student. I'm a sister, daughter and friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student, studying to be a teacher. I love to dance and sing. I can't really draw very well but I love to color. I watch movies all the time, they are so fun. Hiking, camping and exploring the woods are some of my families favorite things to do together. My overall favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family and friends. They are the best! No matter what we are doing, it's a good time. And I love to laugh!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a little girl, my family and I went through some really hard things. For a long time it was just me, Mom and my little brother against the world. It hurt me a lot and I didn't understand why all of this had happened. Mom did her very best and I'm ever grateful for that, but I was still very confused. Mom remarried a wonderful man and things started to look up for us, but I could never shake the pain that hung over me. We moved to a new state when I was about 14, the state and neighborhood were predominately Mormon. They were very kind to us and just seemed overall to be so happy. I met some amazing people that wanted me to share in their joy. My family and I resisted the church for a long time, until one day when a set of Missionaries came to our door. They weren't the first set, but there was just something about them. My Dad, who was usually the one to turn them away, opened the door and allowed them in. They came back multiple times after that but I still refused to believe in God after all I'd been through. They never gave up on me though, and with the help of my friends they got into my heart. I started to see the light, that maybe there was hope in this world. I changed my attitude and behaviors. Then came the night they asked if we would be baptized. I felt the greatest uneasiness because I still wasn't ready. Our friend who came along for the discussions talked to me for a while about how scared and not ready I was, and why. She told me to go to my bedroom and get on my knees to pray. I did. The moment I asked for it, I literally felt the pain of the past lifted off of my shoulders. That's when I knew God lives and loves me, He is there. I knew the Gospel was true, and I knew I wanted to be baptized so I could be a part of this forever. And so I was. That was the best decision I ever made.

How I live my faith

Everyday I live my faith by remembering my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I pray to them and read their words. I go to the Temple often, even if that just means that I just walk the grounds. I dress modestly. I try to avoid places that I shouldn't be or that don't invite the Spirit. I go to as many church activities as I can, and attend my meetings every Sunday. I have served in multiple roles in the wards I've lived in. Each one has been so special and has made me so much stronger. And no matter where I am or what I am doing, I look for the Lords hand. He is everywhere, and that's a great comfort to me.

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

Ashley
Mormon women are like everyone else. They have families, hobbies and interests. They can choose to work outside of the home or not. They listen to music, watch movies, shop, dance, laugh and love. They have good times and bad times, and are in no way perfect. Mostly, they are unfailingly kind and want to help in any way they can. Mormon men and women are completely equal in the church. Each has his/her own role that Heavenly Father set aside for them. Both men and women can hold positions in the church, called callings. Men and women can teach during meetings and organize events. Alone, one gender could not run this church it's the union of both, equally sharing the load, that makes this church so special. Show more Show less