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Hi I'm Ashton

I'm an international traveler, musician, student, athlete, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a university student for the year studying Bioinformatics and am now serving a 2 year mission in the Canada, Edmonton mission to share the wonderful message of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I enjoy staying active as a recreational triathlete and love music, playing both the piano and viola. My father is a diplomat, and so my family has traveled across the world, from Africa to South East Asia. I love eating, learning, travelling, and my family!

Why I am a Mormon

The Gospel of Jesus Christ provides a meaning and direction to my life that I couldn't find any other way. From the teachings of the scriptures Mormons embrace, I know that God loves me and understands my trials, and that all the things I experience are for my benefit in the long run, shaping me to reach my eternal potential. This helps carry me through the tough days because I know that I am growing and developing through them. In the Book of Mormon, a companion to the Bible and another testament of Jesus Christ, we are given the challenge to find out for ourselves if the Gospel contained therein is true. I have taken this challenge and learned for myself, through a witness of the Holy Spirit, that it is. Because of this witness, I am able to continue to follow the gospel of Christ because I know that it is true. In a world where "morals" may be undefined, the Gospel of Christ stays an unchanging pillar for what is right, a constancy through the uncertainties of life. When life is challenging, I find the solace and strength I need to continue onward only in the Gospel, because I know God wants me to succeed. This Gospel provides a plan for us to find happiness in this life and in the life to come, and includes a means by which we can live with our families together forever. Since families are one of the greatest sources of joy and love here on earth, this opportunity to have the joy of families perpetuated into the eternities is a logical extension of God's love for us!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by exercising obedience to the commandments of God. God wants us to succeed and be happy, and diligent obedience to His commandments is the surest and only path to this happiness and peace. This motivates me to keep a high set of moral standards, to keep myself morally clean, be honest with others, and treat them with respect and kindness. I seek to communicate with my Father in Heaven through regular prayer, and learn more of His word through study of the scriptures. I am currently serving a 2-year mission to share the Gospel message with the people of Edmonton, Canada, in response to a call from the Lord's designated prophet on the Earth today.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth to perform what no mortal human could- to offer a great and infinite sacrifice taking upon him the sins of the world. This act of "atonement" made Christ our “Savior,” one who did something for us which we could not do on our own. The reason for his great sacrifice was, as the Bible says, to perform the will of our loving Father God. Heavenly Father wants us to return to Him; but to live in His presence we cannot be "unclean" or have the stain of sin in our lives. None of us are perfect and all of us make mistakes. However, through Christ and his actions, we can be cleansed of our sins through the process of repentance. Christ, in his Atonement, took upon him all the pains and condemnation for sin ever committed. Since this punishment has already been made, if we are willing to come to Christ on his terms- that is, the terms of repentance- he will act literally as our Savior by making it possible for us be cleansed of our sin and return to God's presence. The importance of Christ's role as a Savior is described by a scripture story about a young man named Alma, who had committed great sin by deceiving and seeking to tear down God's church. After an encounter with a heavenly messenger, he realized the wrongness of what he was doing and was tormented with the "pains of a damned soul" (see Alma 36:16 in the Book of Mormon). Only when he called to Christ for mercy and came to Christ on his terms was he relieved of his pains. Show more Show less