Hi I'm Ashley.
I'm a graduate student, social worker, photographer, mother of a busy toddler, journal writer, family historian, and a Mormon.
I am a social work student, graduating with my MSW in December 2011. I love learning and helping others. My husband and I have a photography business. We both love photography and enjoy taking pictures together. We have a 20-month-old little boy who is the light of our lives. I love to cook and I especially love to make (and eat) delicious salads. I love to record my life; I have 65 journals, I blog, I write letters to my son and keep a record of his life, and I take way too many pictures.
I was raised in the Mormon church and have always felt that its teachings are true. It has helped me develop faith and a relationship with my Heavenly Father and Savior. I chose to remain a member of the church because of the peaceful feelings I feel when I read from the Book of Mormon and other books of scripture, attend church, and pray. The feelings I feel when I pray about this church are undeniable. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth and that we have a living prophet on the earth today. I know that our Heavenly Father has a plan for us and that He loves and cares about us. I know that families can be eternal and that the Priesthood is on the earth to bless our lives. I know that as we serve others, we love them as Christ loves them. I know that Jesus Christ suffered for my sins and died for me so that I can repent and live again. I know that living the teachings of the Mormon church makes me feel happy and peaceful.
My husband and I teach the 9-10 year-old primary class in our ward. We have two special needs children in our class. It isn't always easy to engage them and Sundays can be difficult for this reason. We keep going though, because we know how important it is that we teach these children the principles and ordinances of the Gospel. We know how important it is to love others and serve them. We know that showing Christ-like love to others brings happiness, not only to others but to ourselves as well. When I was 21 years old, I served a mission in Syndey, Australia. This was one of the greatest experiences of my life; not because I was able to live in Australia for 18 months, but because it was such a faith-promoting experience and an incredible time of learning and growth. I cherish that experience and consider the journals I kept during that time my greatest earthly possessions. I live my faith every day as I live the values the church teaches. I choose not to drink or smoke, I wear modest clothes, I study the scriptures and record my thoughts and impressions in a scripture journal, I teach my little boy how to pray, and I seek for my Heavenly Father's guidance in my decisions. I live my faith because doing so makes me happy.