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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a student working towards my masters in counseling at a Catholic university. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a native Texan who found myself in Idaho and Washington pursuing an education that would allow me to work with people on a very intimate level, helping them to overcome obstacles and live lives of joy and meaning. As a masters counseling student, I spend most of my time in class or at a local high school counseling young men and women. Though the life of a student can be busy, I enjoy spending time with friends as much as I can. I love to read, watch movies, eat out, sing, write, travel, decorate, organize, plan, and be creative.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young child I was not exposed to much religion through my immediate family. I recall one instance of my mother reading to me from the Bible and a few times attending a Baptist church with a neighborhood friend. Otherwise, religion was not on my radar. At the age of 8 my mother made the decision to divorce my step-father, a cruel and emotionally abusive man. During the in-between months while my mother did what she could to gather what little money and means she had, we bounced around living with friends of friends. One woman we stayed with had been meeting with the missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These young missionaries invited us to church one Sunday and we went. I can't remember much about that day other than the tears rolling down my mothers face, steady and silent. Looking back on that experience, I know that she was feeling the spirit of the Lord. That was all it took. We began recieving the lessons from the missionaries and soon we were baptised. My mother, a smoker and drinkers all her life, forsook the life long habits and started a new life. Though I was interested and willing to be baptised, my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ did not come until later in my life when I gained the experience and maturity to understand what it truly meant. Since my baptism at age 8, my testimony has often taken two steps forward and one step back. Still, though I make mistakes I know that I am progressing and continually gaining a faith in my Savior and a strenght through His atonement. At 22 years old, I feel that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been invaluable in my life. It has been an anchor, a guide, and a comfort to me. I know that I am a child of God with infinite worth, that I am loved by God, and that I can be purified through the Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to show my faith in and devotion to God by the life that I live. To learn the gospel, to understand my purpose in life, and to be inspired to live those principles which I know are true I attend church on Sundays, read scriptures, and pray. I look to my Savior's example and try to live my life in a way that would help others feel his love.