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Hi I'm Ashlee

I am a small town girl with big dreams. I will teach students English and be a powerful influence of good. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in rural Utah where I met my handsome husband of three years. I am currently a senior at my current university, majoring in English teaching with a minor in communications. I started out as a marketing major, while working in online marketing for three years, but it wasn't until I realized how much I want to be home with my kids that I changed my major. Teaching will allow me to work, but still be home with my kids when they need me most. I realized that I could still leave my handprint in the world around me while making a difference in my own children's lives as well. Outside of school, my husband and I enjoy hiking, fishing, and four-wheeling. My personal hobbies include painting, reading my favorite blogs, crafting, and cooking. My husband grew up on a farm, so we also enjoy spending time helping where we can with the cows, ducks, and chickens. I also look forward to our mindless chatting as we work his family's tractors. I am easily excited and can talk about anything for hours. I am almost always smiling, and I always said I will try anything once. I love trying new and exciting things. I love the color pink, but I love wearing teal and aqua. I live for my family, and woud do anything for my friends. Although working full time while taking 15 credits of school is hard, I still find time to do things that I love and spend time with those I love.

Why I am a Mormon

Like a child always asking the simple question; why? We find as we grow older, the answers to that question aren’t always that simple. I still find myself asking the same question of "why" in my prayers. Why am I a member of the church? Why do I have to obey these commandments? Why won’t you give me a straight answer? The gospel of Jesus Christ is "a pathway, marked by our loving Father in Heaven, leading to happiness and peace in this life and glory and inexpressible fulfillment in the life to come" (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Forget Me Not). His words speak truth. This is "why" I am a Mormon. Like President Uchtdorf stated, I have personally experienced the happiness and peace that comes only through living my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is a fulfillment found in knowing that although I lived an incredibly mortal life filled with transgression and human error, through the power of repentance, I can dwell in His presence someday. I know without a doubt that my Father in Heaven has a plan for me, and is preparing me for something great. Without my mistakes and adversities, I would never be who I am today. I have realized that a perfect life doesn’t help others. It is by having an unwavering desire for righteousness in hardship that brings individuals to God. I have no doubt that the experiences I have had in my life are because my Father in Heaven believes in my influence for good. He has brought me comfort, eternal blessings of marriage, and love unfeigned. These blessings did not come to me because I am a “golden child.” God loves all his children equally. As children of God, we must all find our own spritual identity and "why" of the gospel. I am still growing and progressing, and as I discover for myself my own identity and why of the gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith a day at a time, and frankly some days are easier than others. One of our past prophets, Harold B. Lee once said; "Testimony is as elusive as a moonbeam; it’s as fragile as an orchid; you have to recapture it every morning of your life. You have to hold on by study, and by faith, and by prayer." This I try to live by. With faith, your testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true will grow. Daily, I try to read my scriptures or past conference talks (where the leaders of our church address the members of the church in April and October every year), pray to my father in heaven, live with charity in my heart, and when I don't, I repent of my sins with a pure heart. I don't pretend to be perfect, but I strive to recapture my testimony every day of my life. On Sunday I attend church with my husband. We grow closer as we partake of the sacrament. This sacred ordinance allows us to become clean from the sins we have repented for during the week prior. We learn of Christ, and we grow closer as we serve him in our church callings. My husband and I are both over record keeping. My husband keeps records for the ward as a whole, and I keep track of the women in our ward. We make sure that individuals are getting visited by their home teachers and visiting teachers. We also take attendance and report to the bishop so that he can fulfill his own calling. My husband and I pay our tithing the first week of every month. With our tithing, we contribute our fast offering (which goes to those who are in need of welfare). Also, our particular bishop has asked that if we are able, that we contribute to a ward fund to help a couple in our ward who are unable to have children earn enough money to adopt. I can't explain it, but I know that we have blessed for paying our tithing and fast offering. We have never had need for want, and I know it is because we are diligent in paying our tithing and fast offering.