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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a student. I love to make people smile. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Ashley, and I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I'm a college student studying Math Education. I love to play the piano, swim, waterski, wakeboard, read, and spend time with family and friends. I'm a passionate Disney fan--ask anyone who has had the (un)fortunate chance to hear me sing along to my iPod. My biggest accomplishment in life is the ability to quote just about any Disney movie or song in any given situation. (Not really my 'biggest' accomplishment, but hey, it's still pretty cool) I love to try and learn new things. I love to help other people learn new things. I want to be a teacher so that I can see people learn new things every day for the rest of my life! My favorite thing to do is make someone else smile, and I try and do this as often as I can! My goals in life include becoming a Disney princess and learning to talk to woodland animals. Just kidding. Kind of. I want to graduate college with a teaching degree. I can't wait to marry my best friend some day and have a family of my own!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy! That's really what the Gospel is--the word "gospel" literally means "good news!" And isn't it such good news?? We are children of a loving Heavenly Father who literally created this world for us! We have an older brother and Savior, Jesus Christ, who knows EXACTLY what we are going through at all times in our lives. He came down to earth and showed us the perfect way to live life. But He also knows that we are not perfect. We make mistakes. We face hard situations and don't always make the "perfect" choices. Guess what?? He loves us anyway! He forgives us of our misdeeds if we are truly repentant. Here's the best news of all: after we die, because of how amazing our Savior is, and how wonderful our Heavenly Father is, we will live again! We can live with God, and with our families, forever! "Good" barely even begins to describe the news that is the gospel. I am a Mormon because I have asked for myself. It's easy for someone to look at me and say, "Oh. You've been a Mormon your entire life. It's just a habit for you. You don't know any differently." However, this is far from true! Yes, I was raised in this church, but I have always been taught that I need to know for myself whether or not the church is true. And I do! I have read the Book of Mormon. I have listened to the leaders of this church. I have listened to what other churches believe. I have prayed and asked God myself. I have felt Him answer me. And because I prayed and asked, I can say with complete certainty that I KNOW that this church is true. I KNOW that the things that this church teaches are true. I am a Mormon. I know it. I live it. I LOVE it!

How I live my faith

So far in my life, I have lived my faith in many different ways. I have attended church meetings and participated in youth programs. I have helped to teach lessons at church on Sundays. Music is a very important way that I live my faith. I play hymns on the piano in church meetings or recitals. I have accompanied the choir when they perform in Sunday meetings. I have sung in choirs my whole life, and I have helped conduct multiple youth choirs as we sing Christmas songs at nursing homes. I sing hymns at home with my family several times a week. I'm currently preparing to serve as a full-time missionary! As a missionary, I will leave my home for 18 months to help other people understand what I believe and know to be true. I will leave my Twitter account, cell phone, and Disney movies (gasp!) at home to focus only on serving others and serving my Heavenly Father and Savior for a year and a half. During this time, I will communicate with my family and friends only once a week via email and letters, except for one phone call/Skype call home on Christmas and Mother's Day. It will be very hard, but I know it will be worth it! I'm incredibly excited for the chance to help other people to understand why I am so happy to be a member of this church! I hope that I will be able to share my beliefs in such a way that the people who I teach will want to know more and experience the same joy I do!

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Ashley
I think the easiest way to understand what a ward or stake is is by relating them to schools and school districts. A ward or stake is just a geographical division of the people. In the school analogy, a ward would be like a school--a small area of people. A branch is the same concept as a ward, but with fewer people. Just as different schools put together make up a school district, a group of wards or branches constitutes what is called a stake. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Ashley
I believe so strongly that God loves us, and that we are His children. God is our Heavenly Father. Because we are children, we are learning. Like all parents, our Heavenly Father has rules that keep us safe. He teaches us things we need to know. God does this through men called prophets. We can see these men in the bible: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Samuel, and many other righteous men. God loved the children of Israel and guided them through these prophets. Today, we are still God's children. He still loves us. We still need guidance, especially in a world that is always changing and always crazy. God provides that guidance today the same way He provided guidance in the Bible: through prophets. Our prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. As we listen to the prophet and follow his council, we will be brought closer to God. Show more Show less