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Hi I'm Ashley

I grew up in Utah. I'm constantly singing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Lindon, Utah. I graduated in Music Education -- emphasis in choir. I absolutely love music. I sing when I wake up, while making breakfast, 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 spirit like nothing else can. No matter where I go in life, as long as I can find music, I have found home. I served as a sister missionary in the Georgia, Atlanta North Mission. I loved the opportunity to be bold and to talk to people about my love for Christ and His Gospel. My husband and I were married in the temple and I love learning together. I love the blessings that come from knowing I have a forever family.

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 18-year-old men, women also have the opportunity to serve at the age of 19 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

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Ashley
A couple months before my 25th birthday, my mother passed away. She battled stage 4 lung cancer for almost 6 years. Our family really struggled through this journey, and I believe we will until we join her on the other side of the veil. Those 6 years were unpredictable and hard. That being said, my parents both expressed their conviction that if they could go back, they would deal with cancer every time. Witnessing my father more clearly express his love for my mother was a gift. Watching my parents make faithful decisions together was priceless. My mother ended up writing her own funeral program, picked out her headstone, and chose a burial plot with my father all before her final months. I miss my mother terribly. I was lucky to have my mother at my high school graduation, my collegiate senior vocal recital, my wedding, and so many other large life events. My younger sister, on the other hand, won't. And sometimes I can't help but feel that it's not fair. It's not fair that my sister won't have her mother at her wedding, or college graduation, or other events. All these feelings aside, I know where my mom is. I know that she is in the Spirit World teaching others about Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice that make it possible for us all to be together again. I know that she is with her mother, who passed away less than a year earlier. I don't know everything. But I know I will see my mother again. And I wouldn't be surprised to learn she's closer to me than I realize. Show more Show less