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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm 28, I live in Las Vegas. I sing in a rock band called "Crash Kit", I'm married and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been living in Las Vegas for over ten years. I have been involved in music my entire life, and have fronted several musical projects here in Las Vegas. I am also in my last year of college at UNLV (I took a break in the middle - but I'm finishing!) Additionally, I just started a business with a long-time friend importing animal joint supplements from New Zealand - so I'm a pretty busy girl! I have been fortunate enough to meet a wonderful husband, and he is very supportive of all that I do, and I am very supportive of him as he goes to school for his undergrad in preparation for a dual D.O./Ph.D. program later on. We don't have any children yet, but we do have an amazing American Indian Dog named Shaky - he is a wild dog that came from a Navajo reservation in Kayenta, AZ - he is the best dog ever!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church, but was inactive for about eight years, from 17-25. I am so grateful for the experiences that have brought me back to the gospel, and the joy that it brings to my life. During my time of inactivity, I wasn't living up to the standards of the gospel, but my family still loved me and cared for me regardless, and did not treat me as if I were some sort of huge disappointment - and even so - I kept them at an arm's length by my own choice. Later on, I reached a point where I had lost everything, and it was my family, the same people who I had pushed away, who picked me up and helped me get my life back together. During this time, I had an amazing experience where I learned that not only does God exist, but he knows who I am, and answers my prayers directly. At that time I decided that I needed to do something about this new knowledge, and seeing the example of my family, I chose to take the missionary discussions as if I had never been to church before. At first, I tried to dispel some things the missionaries had to say by asking difficult questions, but in response, they would often say "we don't know the answer to that, the best thing to do would be to pray about it and read your scriptures and get an answer for yourself". It was through the experience of seeking knowledge and receiving answers for myself that I gained a testimony of the gospel I had originally set out to prove incorrect. And I am so thankful I did! My life has taken on new meaning, I now have an eternal perspective that helps me to overcome the trials of this life with a calm assurance that everything has its purpose, and that with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to help me, I can endure the tests of this life, I will grow and become the best person I could possibly be. I know this gospel is true. I see its truth every day. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith the best I can, which at this moment, means I now utilize the musical talents that the Lord has blessed me with to serve as the choir director for our congregation. I'm thankful to be able to bring music to the members of our church and help them feel the spirit of the Lord as they sing. Additionally, I live my faith through the songs I write for my band. Although they are not outwardly religious, I ensure that the songs I write and record have positive messages and promote values that are congruent with gospel teachings. I think it is important for kids today to have music (cool, good, rock music), that sends a message that is positive and allows for them to be themselves and not feel pressured into immoral behavior. In addition to that, I live my faith within my band by keeping the Sabbath day holy - even if that means passing up some really great opportunities. I also live my faith through my friendships by striving to be the best example I can of someone who follows the teachings of Christ. My other Mormon friends and I all support each other in striving to live the gospel each day, and choosing to do what is right, even when it is hard. I also strive to be an example to my non-Mormon friends by just being me - a normal, fun girl - who also happens to hold herself to a higher standard. By living my faith, I hope to inspire others to want to know more about the gospel that has brought so much joy to my life.