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Hi I'm Ashley

I grew up in Lindon UT. I'm constantly singing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in 2011. I'm a sophomore in college studying Music Education -- emphasis in choir. I love to learn about and look at stars. The way they sparkle and light the darkened night has always fascinated me. I also love to write. I love blogging, writing out dreams, short stories, silly poems and daily occurrences in my personal journal. I love to smile and laugh. I love finding the simple things in an average day and seeing them in a different light-- a light of laughter. The number one thing about me is that I'm constantly singing. I sing when I wake up, I sing as I make breakfast, I sing walking to class, while I'm working and during my studies. Music has become my life. There's something about a testimony or scripture put to music that brings the "warm fuzzies" of the spirit that nothing else can. No matter where I go in life, as long as I can find a choir to participate in, I have found home. I've recently returned from serving in the Georgia, Atlanta North Mission. I loved this opportunity that I had to be bold and to talk to people about the love I have for Christ and His Gospel. It always brings me peace and happiness. I aspire to become a music teacher, get married in the temple and raise my own family in the Gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

Being from Utah, a lot of my friends and neighbors have ancestors who crossed the plains and arrived in Salt Lake. I don't. That always tugged at my heartstrings and made me wish that things were different. Very recently I have learned about my great-great grandpa, Armenag Shil Hagopian. He was one of the first Armenian people to join the church after the Turkish mission opened in 1884. A year after he was baptized, he went to Salt Lake. His sons, still in Turkey, made an escape from the violence directed at the Armenian people. As I have learned about the destruction and the persecution and the violence that they avoided, my testimony has grown. I know that Heavenly Father spared their lives so they could raise families in the Gospel. I know that my great-grandpa Khoren Shil Hagopian survived so I could be here today. I have pioneer ancestry and I am more proud of it than anything else. http://history.lds.org/exhibit/1921-lds-armenian-exodus?lang=eng#room-1 I live with the standards I do because I know that Christ loves me. I know that God loves me. I know that he knows me personally and provides a way for me to live in happiness. That's not to say things are going to be easy; but when it gets too hard to stand, I know that I can kneel in prayer to my Heavenly Father and he will comfort and guide me, His daughter. I may have been raised 'Mormon' with faithful parents, friends and community, but in this critical age I can choose for myself. And I have.

How I live my faith

This Gospel is very much focused on works. Faith without works is dead (James 2:20). I live my faith through works! I read my scriptures daily, I pray to my Heavenly Father morning and night. In my prayers I ask him to help me find people to touch, to know how to be an instrument in his hands. And then throughout the day I try to remember my prayers and focus on how I know Heavenly Father wants me to act. I'm not perfect. I'm so very far from it. But I do know that if I try to better myself daily, I am brought happiness and peace. As a college student, I have the opportunity to attend Institute classes. They give me an extra spiritual boost throughout the week that remind me of Heavenly Father's love for all of his children.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Ashley
No one is required to serve a mission. It is a priesthood responsibility for all worthy and able young men to serve a full-time mission, but not a 'requirement.' Even though most missionaries are 19-year-old men, women also have the opportunity to serve at the age of 21 if that is what's right for them. The first and foremost responsibility for women in the Gospel is to be homemakers, but if Heavenly Father's plan is for a sister to serve a mission first, then she can also dedicate 18 months to serving the Lord and preaching His Gospel. Show more Show less