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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a labor & delivery nurse, a wife, a mother, and yes, I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I work the night shift in Labor and Delivery at a hospital in AZ. I love helping to bring new little lives into the world and to help new mothers gain confidence in themselves as they learn to care for their new babies. My favorite thing to do at night is "babysit" a new baby so an exhausted mommy can get some much needed rest between feedings. I have a wonderful husband who is always making me laugh. We were married in the Mesa, AZ Temple in 2008. He tells me I am beautiful and that he loves me at least five times a day :) He is waiting to get into a nursing program himself becasue he has seen the vast opportunities and benefits that a career in nursing has. Our favorite thing to do together is go to the movies! I kinda have a movie popcorn addiction... but there are worse addictions, right? ;-) I have a beautiful ten-year-old daughter who was just sealed to us for eternity in the Temple. She is the brightest, most well-behaved, sweetest, and most loving child I have ever met! I am so glad she's mine. We love to do fun things as a family like going to waterparks, going on bike rides, traveling and sightseeing, camping, and hanging out with our very large families :)

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church in 2005 after a long time of trying to fill the void in my heart with the wrong things. I was raised Catholic but never felt completely spiritually fulfilled. I started looking for another church (definitely not the "Mormon" church because I'd been taught it was a "cult" and would ruin my life!) and got involved in a Christian church that I loved, but I still felt something was missing. After many horrible and painful mistakes, and an unsuccessful search for the truth, I had an experience that changed my life forever. My conversion mainly started with a trip to Utah. I reluctantly went with my friend and some other "Mormons" to see a guy she was dating. While there I experienced a whole new life and culture! The guys were such gentlemen; they even prayed before eating their fast food! I was a little shocked at how happy and wonderful I felt there. I happened to go on a General Conference weekend. When everyone sat down to watch conference, (since I had nothing else to do) I sat and watched, too. I wasn't excited about it, but the choir was very pretty... and I never expected what happened next. President Hinckley began, "My beloved brothers and sisters, on behalf of the worldwide membership of this Church, I extend to our Catholic neighbors and friends our heartfelt sympathy at this time of great sorrow. Pope John Paul II has worked tirelessly to advance the cause of Christianity, to lift the burdens of the poor, and to speak fearlessly in behalf of moral values and human dignity. He will be greatly missed, particularly by the very many who have looked to him for leadership."... wait, WHAT?! People are always putting down Mormons and their leaders and this man was so sweetly speaking of the Catholic Pope! I was hooked. With tears in my eyes, I kept watching. Throughout the session, I felt like the speakers were talking directly to ME. I came home, scheduled lessons from the missionaries, was baptized two months later, and have never looked back.

How I live my faith

My life has never been more fulfilling and I have never been so truly happy!!!! I see my friends and family struggling with their faith and with the temptations and chains that Satan has spread on the earth and I wish that they could know the beautiful truths of the Gospel that I know. I LOVE going to church with my husband, holding his hand, and seeing him dressed so handsomely sitting beside me in the pew. I love singing hymns with my daughter in church and feeling so at home with people I know all around me. We have "Family Home Evening" every Monday night when my husband and my daughter and I have a little scripture-based lesson and then have fun with eachother. It is a very special thing to kneel with my husband by our bed at night and have him give thanks to God and pray so sincerely for me and my family. I love the Gospel so much! I love having spiritual experiences in my life that reaffirm that I have a Father in Heaven who knows me personally, cares so much about me, and wants me to return to Him someday. I am a teacher in Relief Society, the Church's women's organization, and it is wonderful to get to learn the scriptures and to learn from the prophets as I prepare lessons. It is a privilege to work at my hospital beside other women of my faith and to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with whomever will listen. The youth of the Church are so amazing and shine with a purity and kindness that is hard to find these days. I am blessed every day to be a member of this great Church and I can sum up my life motto with the lyrics to a song by Nichole Nordeman~ "I want to leave a legacy. How will they remember me? Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough to make a mark on things? I want to leave an offering. A child of mercy and grace who blessed Your name unapologetically. And leave that kind of legacy... Not well traveled, not well read, not well-to-do or well bred. I just want to hear instead, 'Well Done' good and faithful one... "