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Hi I'm Ashley

I love to travel, I love to work out, I taught high school, I'm a mom and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Fitness is my favorite topic. I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I know that a healthy lifestyle is the way to keep this disease manageable. Fitness is such a great thing to work towards because the results are easy to track. I know that if I'm eating well and working out properly I will see results that spell out good health and longevity. I taught high school for two years and I met and married my husband during my second year. I loved watching students come out of their shells and develop their individual talents while I helped them to focus their efforts and think more about the bigger picture in life. I resigned from that career because we found out our little guy was on the way. No class I took in college could prepare me for the hardest job I've ever had! Being a mom is a constant challenge but one that reaps the biggest rewards. Besides my continuing dedication to my fitness goals, my husband and I plan to continue traveling. Instead having boats or sports cars we're planning on going to exotic places and creating memories with our family. Our next big trip will be the bahamas! After that we want to visit Wales, New Zealand, Prague, Switzerland, China, Argentina and a whole slew of other beautiful places. There is so much to see and do in this world and we don't want to miss a thing!

Why I am a Mormon

In Hebrews chapter 13 verse 8 Timothy says to the Hebrews, "Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." It only makes sense to me that, if one believes Timothy's writings, then the Savior organized one church, using His priesthood and that that order has not changed. I am a Mormon because I believe in prophets and apostles in the modern day as much as I believe in the prophets and apostles of the ancient church. I believe in a Savior who would never allow us to be on earth without guidance from leaders who are truly servants of the most high God. I believe that Thomas S. Monson, the modern day prophet of our church, is just as much a prophet as Moses or Noah was in ancient times. This doesn't mean that I mindlessly follow President Monson because he is the "prophet" and I am incapable of making decisions of my own. It means that this humble servant of our Heavenly Father receives revelations from God, informs us of the Lord's will and we have a choice to either pray about it and find out if the revelation is truly the will of the Lord and follow the prophet's counsel or to do as we please. I have found from personal experience that the former choice brings much more happiness than the later ever has. There is such joy in knowing that we have a prophet of God on earth and that he has no hidden agenda, that his entire job is to help bring souls to the knowledge of their true and inherent divinity; to teach them that they are sons and daughters of a king and that there is so much more to this life than the every day trappings they find themselves in. I am a Mormon because the church, the Savior's church, has taught me who I am and has leadership who continues to help steer me in the direction that leads towards our true home.

How I live my faith

Since having a little one my life has changed dramatically. As a young mother I realize that my son is watching every gesture I make, listening to every word that I say and mimicking my behavior and attitudes. I realized shortly after he was born that I needed to be the person I would want him to emulate. A former prophet of the modern day church, president Harold B. Lee, once said that "the most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home." So many people look at motherhood as not having a "job" but I can testify that this is the most challenging, the most difficult, the most all-encompassing work I have ever taken on. However, this job, and more specifically the goodness of our loving Heavenly Father, has allowed me to grow as I have never grown before. At this juncture in my life I live my faith by learning and practicing the character traits of a disciple of Christ. I am no where near perfect, hence why I am calling it practice, but I am trying to smooth out those rough spots in my character that have kept me from being more Christ-like. By doing so I not only present a better example to my son but become a better wife, a better friend and better member of our community. I know that by living my faith more perfectly at home I am better able to live my faith when I go out in the world and do my day-to-day routine.