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Hi I'm Laurin Ashby

I’m an electrical engineer. I love music, hiking , biking and collecting cacti, and being a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in Northern Utah. My ancestors first joined the Mormon church back in the early 1800’s and migrated with the pioneers across the plains to Utah. In 1982, after graduating from Utah State University in Electrical Engineering and marring the love of my life, Holly, I took my first Job in Phoenix Arizona with Motorola. We have been in Arizona ever since. Holly and I have 3 boys and 3 girls. We love music, dancing and the outdoors. We all love to hike, bike and camp and love our lives in Arizona.

Why I am a Mormon

I love Mormonism because it makes so much sense to me. Being an engineer, I like things that have order, purpose and meaning and there needs to be a good reason for everything. Knowing where I came from, why I’m here on the earth, and what I am preparing for after this existence gives my life that purpose and meaning. The teachings of Jesus Christ make sense to me and following those teachings brings me peace and happiness. I’m convinced that these teachings can help improve the lives of whoever will learn and apply them.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to work with the youth most of my life. I love the boy scouts and I love spending time in the outdoors with them. It is so rewarding to see them get excited about the new things they see and experience being out among God’s creations. I spend time reading and studying Jesus’ teachings each day and I enjoy learning and sharing the application of those teaching with my fellow church members on Sunday. My wife and I are preparing to go on a fulltime mission to perform humanitarian or other service wherever it is needed in the world.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Laurin Ashby
A testimony is a personal conviction that something is true or right. To be credible a testimony should be backed by evidence or personal experience. When members of the Mormon church bare testimony they are expressing their personal belief or conviction in the teachings or doctrines of the church according to evidence they have received from personal experience and from the Holy Spirit, which confirms the truth of all things. I have a strong testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true and that its teaching will lead to peace and happiness. That testimony is based on years of personal experience in the church and from a strong spiritual witness or feeling from the Holy Spirit. Show more Show less