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Hi I'm Ailey.

I'm a teacher. I'm a disciple of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a first grade teacher and I love my job. It is rewarding to see these young ones learn and grow so much. I escpecially love to see them learn to read. I love learning and I think learning to read opens so many doors. I have not been married. I stay very busy with work, working out at the gym, and enjoying life. I enjoy watching storytellers, reading children's picture books, traveling when I can, taking classes, enjoying cultural opportunities, and good heartfelt conversations.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to absolutelty wonderful (not perfect) parents who are Mormon. They love the Lord and they taught me about Him not only in words but through their actions. These were often in informal unplanned teaching moments where my mother would share something that she had learned as she read the scriptures or prepared a lesson for church. They were also moments of needed correction. I was expected to respect others, be kind, and be honest. They sacrificed much to provide for me and my five other siblings and to serve others in the church and community. They took care of others and made many visits to those who were sick or lonely and spent many hours completing assignments that they were asked to do. They were truly an example of treating others the way they thought Jesus would want them to be treated. I grew up on a farm and I learned the value of working hard. We would work in the garden, drive combine during harvest, pick raspberries, and help around the house. We were also expected to do our best in school and encouraged to get an education so we could be in a better position to bless our own families and others. We prayed every night as a family and I would often see my parents on their knees by the bed praying for guidance. I saw my parents make mistakes, say they were sorry, and forgive others. Their example had a trememdous influence on my life for good. Through their example, my own study and prayers, I came to know for myself that these principles and values were true, of God, and that my life would be guided, protectd from those things in life that would bring me harm, and I would be blessed as I was obedient to them. And, oh, have I been blessed! I am a very shy person but I even served as a missionary in upstate New York so that I could share these truths with others so that they could also enjoy these same blessings.

How I live my faith

Religion is a huge part of my everyday life and thinking. It is meant to make us better people and this often means work on our part. The knowledge of who I am - a daughter of God, that my Heavenly Father has a plan for my life, and that I will be accountable for my thoughts and actions in this life guide my daily decisions. I know that everyone is a son or daughter of God and I try to treat eveyone accordingly. I love the scriptures! I try to study them each day. Right now I am reading the New Testament. Because I am a morning person, I read early in the morning. This study and prayer set the tone for the rest of my day. I go to church on Sundays and fulfill any callings or assignments that I am given. Sometimes these responsibilities are carried out on Sundays and other ones are during the week. These assignments often make me stretch and grow. I have had assignments to teach the adult Sunday School class, a children's class, and also the youth. My goal is to attend the temple at least every month. I am blessed to live so close to one. When you walk through those doors it is as if you are leaving the cares of the world outside and for that short time you can focus on spiritual matters. It is such a beautiful place and I leave with peace in my heart.