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Hi I'm Ashley

Faith-rending moments of criticism and doubt never got me to say 'Uncle,' so I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was called to serve a mission in Hong Kong, China for 19 months. Now I am newly married to my wonderful husband, Emmanuel (Dec., 2011), and am attending college to earn my bachelor's degree in Speech and Language Pathology & Audiology. I have been a member for most of my life, but was not truly converted until my late high school years when my wishy-washy faith was called into question first by my close friends and then by my own neglect later on. Through these bitter experiences I was forced to choose either to take a stand or to stand down. Drawing upon my own past spiritual experiences and my Savior for strength I chose to stand, and I have been standing ever since. My parents, inactive for all but one year of my life, are no longer members and strongly disapprove of the church, but I am blessed in that they support me regardless. I know that many are not so fortunate as I am.

Why I am a Mormon

In a nutshell, I am a Mormon because I read and prayed about the Book of Mormon. As I read, I felt the peace of the Spirit of God nestle close to my heart, and when I prayed to tell my Heavenly Father of my experience with the book and to ask him to confirm its truth, that Spirit did not leave but only grew stronger. As I know that the Holy Bible is true because of the Spirit of Truth which resides in its pages, I know also that the Book of Mormon is true and is to stand beside it and support its sacred testimony that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world!

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith through service. It was the Savior who exemplified this, and I feel that I am closest to him when my heart reaches out in charity to serve those around me. My favorite way to serve is by teaching, and by being taught in turn. Understanding, I believe, is the key to defeating many of Satan's snares, as he works in lies and deceptions. What better way to prepare to deny a lie than to fortify yourself with truth? And the truth is, good is good and bad is bad, no matter what church you belong to. We may not always agree, but we CAN understand and respect one another. Only through this can we stand together and defend each other as children of God, no matter what.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Yes! The entirety of humanity was not confined to the Holy Land alone. Over the years preceding the birth and ministry of Christ, mankind had migrated to areas all over the world. Before Jesus completed His eternal sacrifice in the Holy Land as prophesied, He spoke saying, "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."-John 10:16 (King James version) And so it was that after Jesus Christ had shown himself in his resurrected form to the people of ancient Israel, and with no phone, television or internet networks to bridge the great distances between civilizations, he also went and showed himself to his 'other sheep' across the continents of the world. The inhabitants of ancient North America, the Nephites, recorded their experience as they felt the prints of the nails in hands and feet of the long awaited Savior. They rejoiced and cried out, "'Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God!' And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him." What can we learn from this? That God loves all of His children and desires them to return to Him! By preparing a second testimony to stand beside the Bible in its declaration of Jesus as the Christ from nearly 8,000 miles away, God in His wisdom has created a second plot point by which man might steady his faith, and trace a straighter path back to that Heavenly home many of us so long to reach. Show more Show less