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Hi I'm Ashley

I’m a procrastinator and a neat freak. I love to eat junk food late at night. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

At a very early age, I knew I wanted to serve a mission for my church because I love helping others and making people happy. When I was 21, I asked to be called on a mission. I was called to serve in the Johannesburg, South Africa mission. I lived there for 18 months, and it was a dream come true. I love the people of South Africa/Botswana very much. I will always cherish my memories and experiences from that time. After returning home, I met the man of my dreams. We dated for a year and I was impressed with his devotion to his duties as a Priesthood holder in the LDS Church. I could tell that he would also be a devoted husband and father. I was not wrong! We were married for time and all eternity and we have lived happily ever after for the last 5 years. Currently I am a working mom. I’m CPA and I prepare tax returns for a large nation-wide group of hospitals. During busy season, I work more than 60 hours per week. It’s a challenge because I would rather be a full-time stay-at-home mom. I love my little girl! She is the air I breathe, the smile on my face, and the light of my life. My cubicle at work is covered with pictures of her (63 to be exact)! My husband and I are praying and working hard to save money so that my dream of being a stay-at-home mom will one day be a reality. I am a normal person with normal every-day challenges. But I have also been greatly blessed. I know God lives and loves us and hears and answers our prayers.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. Some of my ancestors were early Mormon pioneers that traveled west to the Salt Lake City valley. I am grateful for my heritage, which has given me a strong sense of identity. I am grateful for the lives and the testimonies of my family members who have gone before me. Their examples have given me strength to face the challenges and struggles in my own life. Although I was born into a Mormon family, I have come to know for myself that the Church is true. Through study and prayer, I have received a witness by the Holy Ghost that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ’s true church restored to the Earth. I have seen the gospel change lives and bring happiness to those who embrace it. Every good thing in my own life has come to me because of my religion and my faith. I could never deny it!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reading the scriptures every day for 30 minutes. Mormons believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. We also believe in a book of scripture called the Book of Mormon. We read both the Bible and the Book of Mormon together, one does not replace the other. Right now I’m reading the Old Testament and I just finished reading the story of Esther, an amazing woman who risked her life to save her people. She fasted and prayed for the strength of God to be with her and her prayers were answered. I believe strongly in the power of prayer. I know that Heavenly Father hears my prayers and I know He answers my prayers. Sometimes He doesn’t answer right away and sometimes He doesn’t answer in the way I thought He would – but He ALWAYS answers. I am far from perfect! Sometimes I fall asleep when I read the scriptures. Sometimes my mind wanders. But I do my best and I keep reading! I try to be obedient and make righteous habits, and along the way the Spirit finds moments to enter my heart and testify that what I’m reading is true. I think this example represents many areas of my life – sometimes I make mistakes and sometimes I’m not as devoted as I should be. But I keep going and I try to do my best to improve. Along the way, I feel Heavenly Father’s love and guidance, and I know He has blessed me beyond measure.

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

Ashley
Many Mormon women that I have met are strong and spiritual. They have Christ-like charity, love, and compassion. They are part of a world-wide organization of sisters called the Relief Society and they seek to help and serve others. When I think of Mormon women I think of the word accomplished. Women balance so many roles of wife, mother, self, visiting teacher, employee etc. and they do it with class and style. Mormons do believe in the equality of men and women. Although men and women are different with unique talents and interests – both husband and wife complement each other. I would definitely say I’m a bit of a control freak and I’m so grateful for my husband's patience and understanding. We work together to make our marriage wonderful! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Ashley
Mormons believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. We also believe in a book of scripture called the Book of Mormon. We read both the Bible and the Book of Mormon together, one does not replace the other. Show more Show less