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Hi I'm Ashley.

I'm a Washington girl at heart. I get to see the miracle of adoption every day at work. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Washington State native who has settled into a new Utah life. I was so blessed to meet my sweet husband four years ago while attending BYU. I studied Marriage, Family and Human Development and was hired at an adoption agency after graduation. My husband studied accounting which means I have a lot of free time during tax season! On my free evenings I love to organize, work out, work on photography and decorate our house. Working at the adoption agency has really changed my life. I love my job because it's more than simply a job to me. I get the opportunity to watch courageous women give beautiful babies a better life - one they know they are unable to provide. I get to see grateful families bond with these babies and love them just as if they were their biological children. The process is inspiring and miraculous. My husband and I just celebrated our third wedding anniversary this summer and we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our first child, a baby girl! We are so excited to be parents and to teach our children about this beautiful gospel!

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon my whole life. My parents are incredible examples to me and raised me with a strong foundation of the gospel. It was easy growing up and following my parents, but as I approached my teen years I realized I needed to know for myself if the church was true. I couldn't depend on the testimonies of my parents forever. I wanted to be able to confidently believe the church was true all on my own - not just because my parents told me so. I decided that my first step in gaining my testimony would be to read the Book of Mormon, cover to cover. I had read scattered verses and chapters, but never the whole book. It took me a while to get all the way through, but after about a year I reached my goal and finished the entire book. In Moroni chapter 10, we learn that the Lord will confirm the truth of all things if we ask of Him in faith. I knew He would answer my prayer if I asked in faith, after putting in the effort to read the scriptures. The feeling I felt when I knelt to pray was indescribable. But, I've never doubted since that time. The warmth and confidence I felt from the spirit was so clear and beautiful. From that time on, I can say with a surety that I know the church is true. I know it is the only way to true happiness in this life and in the next. I am so grateful to know that because of the gospel, families can be together forever. This knowledge means everything to me as I begin a family of my own. I am so grateful to call myself a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In my ward, I have the opportunity to work with the young women, ages 12-18. Watching them grow and mature in the gospel is such a blessing to me. It feels like just yesterday that I was in their shoes, trying to make the right decisions through high school. I love to watch the young women search the scriptures and learn little by little as they gain their testimonies of the gospel. I learn so much about the gospel as I prepare to teach the lessons on Sundays - I'm sure more than I can even teach them. I am so grateful to get to associate with my special group of girls!