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Hi I'm Ashley

Phlebotomist. Bibliophile. Swimmer. Real Salt Lake Enthusiast. Lover of sunshine, smiles, and the smell of rain. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of two. Both parents served full time missions, as well as my brother. Mom-Germany. Dad-Georgia. Kyle-North Carolina. Avid reader. Music is part of my soul. I taught myself how to play the piano, love to sing, and am a connoisseur of music. I've been a swimmer all of my life and have worked at a pool for over 7 years. Swimming taught me patience, endurance, strength, passion, compassion, and trust in the Lord. High school swim was one of the hardest things I have ever done. But from it, I emerged with a greater understanding of who I was, whose I was, and the willingness to put my faith and trust in the Lord. I currently work as a Phlebotomist at a hospital in the Greater Salt Lake area of Utah. I absolutely love it. I have become very good at my job, and am able to bring smiles and comfort to people who are very uncomfortable with my current profession. Which is good, because I want to help people in any way I can. Right now, I'm deciding between Nursing and Ultrasound. Good thing they both have the same pre-reqs! I'm a college sophomore. I keep taking a 1 or 2 semesters of school and then taking long breaks in-between to figure life out. Not ideal, but okay. I have attended MATC to get my EMT-Basic and Advanced, BYU-Idaho to figure out that I hated living in Idaho and LOVED living at home, and currently Utah Valley University-go wolverines! I love a good practical joke. I've seen how laughter can heal a broken heart.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the gospel. I have never really known anything else. But that doesn't mean that I didn't choose it for myself. There came a point in my life where I had to choose it for me. I couldn't keep living on borrowed light. I had to read the Book of Mormon for myself. Not because my Mom, Dad, or church leaders were telling me to. And then I had to pray to find out if it was true. My answer was immediate and clear. It is true. True. I'm Mormon because I can't imagine an afterlife where I couldn't see my loved ones again. I look at my family and can't be happy with a "till death do you part". I want them for forever. For eternity. I want my future husband and children to be MINE for much farther than this life can promise. The only way that is possible is through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the ordinances that can be provided in the temple. I'm Mormon because I know that Joseph Smith talked with God face to face. I'm Mormon because there is a light and a happiness found in the Lord's people that cannot be found anywhere else.

How I live my faith

I encourage people to go to Institute. Being a Young Single Adult provides many opportunities for us to further ourselves spiritually. So, I tell people about it. I find that my life gets so busy with work, school, and all the things in between that I crave the 2 hours each week that I've set aside to go to Institute. Not only that, but every time I walk into the building I feel my worries and stresses start to fall away...even for the moment. It is a safe haven. I go to the temple once a week. I find strength in going to the temple. Not only for myself, but for the people that I am helping on the other side of the veil. I play the piano in church and sing in choirs. Heavenly Father has given me a gifts. I intend to use them to help others feel the Spirit and come closer to the Lord. I attend Family Home Evening when work permits. And I keep myself close to people who are themselves strong in their belief of Heavenly Father and the goodness the gospel brings. I know that I can't compartmentalize my life into work and home and play. My religion is who I am. So I let it influence every part of my life.