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Hi I'm Ashley

I am a wife and a full time student. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 19 year old girl attending Brigham Young University in Idaho. I was born in Mexico City and lived there until I was almost 11 years old. I have such fond memories of my childhood and often miss the Mexican culture and the people there. The summer before I turned 11 I moved to California where my parents and younger brothers and sisters still live while I attend college. I am studious but also love to have fun. One of my favorite past times is to make music videos with my friends. I also love to take pictures. I love to be outside and camping is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. For this reason I decided to be a recreational management major with an emphasis in therapy.I am one of five kids and the second to oldest. My older brother just got married last August and I I adore my new sister-in-law. My little brother is seven years old and he is the apple of my eye. I try to include my family as much as I can. I love my friends but I have realized that at the end of the day, I go home to my family and they are the ones who take care of me. I mean who else would put up with my obnoxious singing at the top of my lungs? Family and the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints are what is most important to me.

Why I am a Mormon

Many might say that I am a Mormon because of my parents. I was born and raised as a Mormon, attending church each Sunday and learning to say my prayers. I personally like to look at this more as my introduction to Mormonism though. I was raised with all of the understandings of the church but it wasn't until my teen years where I realized that if I wanted to continue to be a Mormon than I should find out for myself if what I had been taught where true or not. After a lot of prayer and studying I came to know for myself that this church and its teachings were true. I am Mormon because of the hope that is here. The hope that families can be together forever. The hope that the heavens are still open and that God is speaking to us today. The hope that death is not the end and that we will be able to see those who have passed on. The hope that there is someone out there watching over us. The hope that when we mess up that we can repent and be free again. After studying and praying all of this hope can become knowledge. I know that families can be together forever. I know that Heavenly Father listens to our prayers. I know that there is a Prophet on the Earth today and his name is Thomas S. Monson. I know that the Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, has a more complete understanding of Heavenly Father and all of his mighty works. I know Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon through the power of God and that he was a Prophet. I know these things to be true and I invite you to come and learn for yourself. I hope that you will read the Book of Mormon, come to church and come and share in the feelings of joy that I have felt. I know this all to be true and I hope that as you have read this that you to have felt a little bit happier and that you will explore that feeling and realize it is because what I have said is true. Please come and find out for yourself if it is true.

How I live my faith

To live my faith I try to stay as involved with church activities as I can. I also participate in visiting teaching which is an assignment given to all of the women in the ward to go visit another women in the ward and share a message with them or just to drop by and see how they are doing. I enjoy this because it gives me the opportunity to get to know more of the women in our church. I also help organize activities for our church that occur every other Friday. We try to do fun activities such as dances, mud football, and other fun activities. There are also many activities where we gather together for a lesson where we can learn more about our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. One of my favorite things to do is attend a class at what is called institute where many gather together to learn about the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Prophets. I enjoy this because of the great feeling I have each time I go. I do my best to also read each night from either the Bible or Book of Mormon to learn for myself and to know the words of our Heavenly Father and the Prophets of old.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a spiritual witness given to people by the Holy Ghost. When people talk about baring their testimony it often refers to someone stating their beliefs. People will say something like "I have a testimony of the restored gospel" which would mean that they belief or know that the Mormon church is true and that they know this because they have felt the Holy Ghost testify to them that the church is true. This witness by the Holy Ghost can come in many different forms. For me it is often just an over powering feeling of happiness or love. Others it can just be a simple moment where they just know that it is true. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

In order to understand the importance of families it is important to understand a little bit about our thoughts on the purpose of this life. Members of this church believe that one of the main purposes of coming to this world was to gain experience and knowledge. We believe that it is so important to have the opportunity to learn and choose for ourselves if we except Christ as our Savior. Families provide a setting for a lot of the growth and learning that we will be able to experience in this life. It provides us with a the opportunity to love, serve, teach and learn from each other. We are not able to pick the situations or family that we are born into, but we can choose our attitude towards our situation and strive to make it better every day. Each person should have the right and opportunity to be born into a family of both a mother and father who love each other and are committed to doing all that they can to take care of their family. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

I want to take a moment to focus on the marriages that take place in the Temple. I know that families can be sealed in the Temple for time and all eternity. I do not believe it "until death do us part". I am promised in the Temple that I can be married to my husband forever, that after we die we can still be together. Can you imagine a more beautiful promise? I have been reflecting on this so much as I prepare for my wedding day. I cannot imagine living a life with my husband only to lose it after this life. My sweetheart completes me. He helps make me strive to be a better person. I am my favorite self when I am with him. For these reasons I could not live a life where I can only have him until death. I want to be with him forever. This promise is available to everyone. Please, come, learn and pray that you can come to know that these things that I say are true. This church has so much to offer and such beautiful blessings. I promise that it will be worth every sacrifice that you make to obtain it. I love this gospel so much and am SO grateful to be part of this church. I hope that you will at least think about the things that I have talked about and seek out the missionaries if you have any other questions. I know that this gospel is true and the Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. I leave these things with you in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Show more Show less