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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a writer, a baseball statistics memorizer and an actress. At age 23, I suffered a stroke. I have hope because I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the fourth and last daughter of two converts to the church. I thrive on being around others and like to surround myself with people of many faiths and philosophies. I love the beach and I am a baseball fanatic! (Someday, I will be the 90-year-old lady in the stands that attends and keeps score at every home game and makes cookies for the players.) I graduated from college in 2008, and, up until recently, I was a public relations pro by day and a recreational softball player, occasional theatre actress and all-around busy beaver by night. During a snowboarding trip in February 2011, a brain tumor burst in my motor cortex, causing a hemorrhagic stroke. After brain surgery and a month in the hospital, I am now working to regain function on my right side and stay positive. Oh, and get back to playing softball, of course!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of the peace, hope and comfort I have felt through learning and living the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both my parents are converts to the church, and while they raised me in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I had to undergo my own personal conversion to determine my beliefs. From a young age, I struggled with anxiety disorders. That is when I first experimented upon and came to believe many of the church's teachings: that God has a plan for my life; that faith in Jesus Christ can bring great things to pass; that Priesthood blessings are given by the power of God; that scriptures are the word of God and provide guidance and comfort; that God hears and answers my prayers; and that God and Jesus Christ know and love me. Since my youth, I have had to rely upon the Lord so many times -- especially with my recent health issues -- and I know without a doubt that He never fails me. Through the church I have learned how to develop a very close relationship with my Heavenly Father and with Jesus Christ. I have been the recipient of great miracles because of my faith and the faith of others. I have also come to understand how adversity is a blessing that gives us the opportunity to test our faith and ultimately become what God wants us to be. My choice to be a Latter-day Saint is certainly not popular in today's culture, and even among some of my friends and family, but I can never deny the blessings, happiness and peace that have come into my life because of it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by always trying my best to become better and strengthen my faith in Jesus Christ. I want others to be able to feel God's love for them through me. I also have responsibilities among the group of young single adults with whom I attend church. I really enjoy teaching, and I have been blessed to be a teacher in Sunday School and for the women's organization. I have also been in charge of athletics for my church group and have been assigned to work with the full-time missionaries to teach and fellowship people interested in learning about our beliefs.