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Hi I'm Ashleigh

I volunteer for Special Olympics. I want to be a special education teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student at Brigham Young University studying special education. In my family, there are two boys with special needs: one is mentally challenged and one is physically challenged. Because I've grown up with children with special needs, I've learned how to work with them and have recently become very involved in Special Olympics. I fell in love with my athletes and students which influenced me to study special education. I hope to show Christlike love for my future students and their parents. I love to read, draw, and write, I love spending time with my friends and family!

Why I am a Mormon

Having two brothers with special needs is not easy. My brother with a mental disability is picked on for his active imagination and behavior while my other physically challenged little brother is wheelchair bound and visits the hospital often for surgeries and other medical attention. This added onto the typical trials of being a college student can sometimes be overbearing but I cannot fathom how I would handle these situations if I wasn't a Mormon. This gospel has just recently taught me the importance of trials in our lives and how we can progress by trusting in Jesus Christ and his Atonement. Without Him, the troubles we each face in our lives would be utterly useless. I enjoy the comfort of knowing that even in our darkest hour, we can turn to the scriptures and to prayer to receive guidance and strength in order to not only fight through this trial but also to emerge even better than when you first began.

How I live my faith

I pray for guidance and comfort daily as well as the comfort and guidance of those around me. I attend church regularly and partake of the sacrament. I fulfill my callings in my ward, specifically visiting teaching where I reach out to female members of my ward.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

I come to know my Father in Heaven as I turn to Him in prayer for comfort and guidance in my trials. I know that He listens and will answer my prayers in His own time. I also come to know the Father as I study the scriptures. As I find instances of Heavenly Father extending His hand to His children, I find similar instances in my own life. This reassures that My Father in Heaven loves me and is aware of what I go through. I have come to know that my Father in Heaven loves me and all His children and wants to see us succeed. Show more Show less