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Hi I'm Ashley

I have lived in Utah, Michigan, Idaho and Taiwan. I speak English and Chinese. I work in graphic & web design. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I think you could say I'm a pretty normal American 25-year-old. I'm a college graduate. I work full-time. I'm married but we don't yet have any children. My husband is a grad student, and I'm paying his way. Some things that are unusual about my husband and I are that we both speak Chinese and we are both trying out Kenpo to get in shape and stay healthy (not my first choice, but I wanted to do something together... I let him pick) We both like music and I like art, while he is more of a language person. He's also fluent in Spanish, so maybe I'll get around to learning that someday. We are also very goal oriented. We like to make plans, and sometimes our planning gets a little carried away. For instance, a few weeks ago, my husband brought home a stack of books from the library and we mapped out our future home. It's elaborate and probably worthless, but we like to think about the future and dream really, really big.

Why I am a Mormon

One of the big perks of growing up Mormon is having a Mormon family. I have eight brothers and sisters. Plus, my Mother and Father treat each other radically well. They hold hands & hang out together. They don't shout or fight. I grew up thinking that was normal. It wasn't until the end of high school that I really began to value the happiness, comfort and peace I felt at home. The roots of my testimony began with this discovery that what I had at home was special. However, that special peace was not perfect. Once I went off to college my younger brother got deep into illegal drugs, and eventually disappeared from our home. We tried to keep in contact with him, but mostly just heard rumors of his whereabouts and activities. It was maddening, heartbreaking and frightening. About this same time I could see my younger siblings starting to follow him. It was like they suddenly realized, "Mom and Dad can't actually tell us what to do." I knew that if I continued to go about my life at college in another state like normal, my family could spin apart and I wouldn't even be aware. I also knew that moving home would just pit me and my parents against my siblings. I felt very strongly at this time that the best way to help my family was to serve a Mormon mission. I'd heard many people talk about how families see great miracles when a family member serves a mission, and I felt that my family certainly needed some miracles. Things did not change overnight, but on my mission I gained a strong testimony that God cared about my brother just as much as I did, and that I could trust my family to the Lord. As my faith in God's power to strength my home and family grew, my fears and heartbreak for my brother seemed to come to rest, a miracle in and of itself. I wish I could tell every miracle I saw from that time until now. The biggest of all? I have my brother back, drug-free and our family is whole again. We ALL witnessed the Lord change our darkest situation into light.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith, not just by attending church every Sunday, but by improving my relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ on a daily basis by praying, reading scripture, and trying to improve myself everyday. I find that I'm happiest when I've been doing my part to become more like Christ, and it brings deeper meaning into the things I would do anyway. In my Church family I teach an adult class for women. I love to teach.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Ashley
If you're asking this question, odds are good that you really mean it. Many people have heard of Jesus Christ and the Atonement but don't ever really consider it enough to ask. I know what it feels like to ask, though. I asked myself this same question for YEARS, even after I was baptized. But the answer I eventually found is one of the most beautiful and precious concepts I've ever come to understand. The reason it took me so LONG to understand Jesus Christ and the Atonement is I didn't really understand Heavenly Father very well. The Atonement seemed so dark and sad, and why would Heavenly Father put any of his children through something like that? But then I learned (I mean REALLY learned) that Heavenly Father is bound to be just. Justice is an integral part of his being. It is part of what makes Him God. Therefore, when we make a mistake He MUST fulfill the demands of justice, he must uphold the laws of the universe, the great laws of right and wrong. So Heavenly Father is put in a difficult position: He loves us, but He can't save us without blatantly ignoring His commitment to justice. So He and Jesus Christ came up with a plan. Jesus Christ agreed to come to Earth and suffer the punishment which should have been ours... but, being guiltless, He overcame it. And because the punishment had been served, because someone had paid the price, Heavenly Father could be merciful to us and uphold justice at the same time. And the beautiful part is? They both love us that much. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Ashley
Coming to know Heavenly Father is actually pretty easy. Just pray and test him by following the commandments. The hardest part is you have to really mean it. I mean, if you pray and ask for His help you have to be willing to follow the directions He gives. If you're not really willing to try, your heart is not in the right place. This praying and testing out Heavenly Father's commandments isn't just something that Mormon's do when they are deciding whether or not to join the Church, it's something many of us do on a regular basis. Because the thing is, when you believe Heavenly Father really listens to and answers your prayers, you start to include Him in your whole life. After all, He is omniscient! Plus, He's capable of accomplishing anything; and He loves you to the ends of the earth and back. Who could ask for a better mentor, a better guide, or a better friend. And he will guide and mentor you. He'll point out all your flaws, but give you ways to make them strengths. He'll let you go through some terrifying experiences, and the miracle isn't always that he saves you in the end, but that he builds you up until you are able to save yourself. You face your worst fears and come away fearless. Coming to know Him isn't hard, but it doesn't happen all at once, and Heavenly Father won't force you into a relationship with Him. You go to Him, ready and willing to listen and act, and watch in amazement as he listens and acts in return, but on a God-sized scale. Show more Show less