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Hi I'm Ashley

I find peace to my soul and unity with God as I fish remote rivers and streams. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have seven children who are very active in sports, music, drama, church, and school. When I need a break from all of the craziness of driving children to their events, work and civic responsibilities, I head for the outdoors. I look on a map and find a stream that is remote and where there are no access roads--basically my goal is to go where no one has ever hiked or fished before. I load up my boys, and sometimes my girls want to come, and we drive to the closest access point, put our packs on and start the trek into the unkown. While I have yet to find a place where no one has ever been, I have found nature to be soul-soothing. Time seems to slow down, my senses heightened to every sight, sound and smell. I find my energy and emotions restored and strengthened as I meander through God's creations. The flowers, call of the hawk, fish tugging at my line, joyful excitement of my children at each new discovery all whisper to my soul that all is well, God is in charge down to the slightest detail.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon, but that doesn't mean I haven't found out for myself that it is the place for me to be. I am too independent to take others' word for thing--I like to know for myself, and I have found out for myself over and over again that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the church of Jesus Christ on the earth. The first time I knew for myself was when I had just turned fifteen years old. I was on a week long scout camp. One night it rained all night long and soaked our tents, bedding and everything we had. The next day classes were cancelled so we could dry out our stuff, which took most of the day and into the afternoon. When I was done I was relaxing in my tent but I couldn't fall asleep. In my mind replaying over and over again was a conversation I had had at school a few weeks before with a friend of another faith. He questioned my beliefs, showing me passages from the bible to back up what he said. When I couldn't defend what I believed very well he accused me of being a Mormon just because my parents were Mormons, that I didn't know for myself. As I rested in my tent I could still feel his words stinging and searing my soul. I wanted to know for myself. Making sure as to not wake anyone up, I climbed out of the tent and started hiking up the hillside towards the most dense part of the forest I could find. After waiting a few minutes I stepped into a dark thicket of young pine trees and kneeled down. I told God what my friend had accused me of and that I needed to know that what I believed in was right, that I believed, but that I really wanted to know. As I prayed I felt a warm feeling from the tips of my toes to the top of my head. It felt like the sun had come out from behind the clouds and was warming my soul. I knew at that time that God was aware of me and that he answered prayers. Since that time, I have felt his love and have had my prayers answered. I know He lives. I know this is where I am to be.

How I live my faith

Our family reads in the scriptures and prays together every day. We meet once a week as a family to work out schedules, discuss concerns and to learn the gospel. We weekly attend church where my wife is the leader of the young women, of which there are about 35 who attend regularly. My boys and I are caretakers of a home whose owners are on a mission in England. We love to attend the temple with our children who are old enough to go. We believe in service--I don't know how many times I have come home to a house full of the wonderful smell of freshly baked bread, or dinner just to find out that it is for someone else! We want our lives to be the symbol of our membership!