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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a wife and mother and teacher. I'm a defender of strong family values. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Arizona. I love to read, write, play the piano, dance, work out, and do crafts. I am a wife and mother to one adorable, active little boy. I graduated from college with a degree in Elementary Education, and I use my teaching degree every day as a stay-at-home mom. I love a job well done, and I have big goals for the things I want to accomplish in my life to make a difference in the world. I married someone who feels exactly the same way, and we are working hard to build my husband's service-oriented business and bless the community where we now live.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active LDS family and baptized when I was eight years old. My parents taught me from the time I was young about the gospel and why they chose to follow God's commandments. It made sense to me and I felt good as I lived what they taught, but my testimony didn't really grow much until I became a teenager. With a few friends who were also members of the church, I had the opportunity to become a member of two non-profit organizations. The object of these groups was to defend the role of the family unit and strong family values in society. These groups were mostly made up of Christians, not all of whom belonged to the LDS church. As I went to conferences and had my views challenged by people from all over the world, I really had to step back and think about what it was I was defending and if I really believed in it. Did I really believe the concept that a child could thrive best in a loving family unit, where both a father and mother were present in the home? After praying and studying and listening to the experiences of friends from all over the world, I had it reaffirmed to me that I did have a testimony of that concept. I also realized that Satan knew the importance of strong families as well, and he would try everything to tear them apart. I resolved to become a defender of strong family values throughout my life. Throughout my experiences at these conferences, I also gained a stronger testimony of the reality that God loves and knows us each individually. I gained a testimony of the Savior's Atonement - I could repent of my sins and resolve to do better each day because of the sacrifice He made for me. These truths helped strengthen my own testimony and made me a better, happier person. I continue to feel peace and the approval of my Father in Heaven when I strive to keep his commandments and live the gospel my parents taught me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to love as the Savior loved. I do everything I can to lift others' burdens on a daily basis, because I know that is what the Savior would do. I love to make people feel special, loved, and empowered. In the church, I have had the opportunity to work in many callings. I have worked in leadership callings to serve the women of the church, and I have also worked with young children as well. I especially love working with children, and I feel like I so much more from them than they learn from me. One calling I have had quite a bit in church is playing the piano for our meetings. It has been a humbling experience to feel the Holy Ghost touch the hearts of people through beautiful music, and I am so thankful that I have worked to develop that skill throughout my life.