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Hi I'm Ashly

I grew up in Moab, Utah (near Arches National Park). I studied theatre and broadcasting in school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of an active one year old who still doesn't sleep and likes to talk and laugh loudly in church. I have a bachelor's degree in broadcasting, but love rural towns and can't seem to find a good use for the degree. I've lived in 8 different places in the last 7 years and have moved around in those places at least 15 times. I've been married for three years and I'm still learning the art of patience though all of the changing dynamics. I'm a high school theatre club assistant directior. Within the next year I plan on starting a children's theatre because I believe that nothing affects who we grow up to be as much as enjoying and creating art (except perhaps our religion, which remains the one constant in my ever changing life).

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because in brings happiness, strength, hope, understanding, frienship, and support in everything I do. I've read the Book of Mormon and felt the love that my Heavenly Father has for me as an individual. I've prayed and felt the holy spirit bring sweet comfort and answers to my prayers. I've paid my tithing and watched the "windows of heaven" open and shower me with spiritual and temporal needs. I've supported friends who stray from the gospel, only to return happier than I've ever seen them before. I've experienced heartache, pain, and confusion and felt the pure love of our brother, Jesus Christ, as I've learned more about what he did for me and allowed it to work miracles in my life and soul. I've walked into nature and felt the works of God woven into the cool breeze. Knowing that my husband and I have been sealed in God's temple and can be together forever, not just for life, with our family because of this true gospel brings more happiness than words can describe (although I've tried my best) and I will ever be grateful for the blessings and knowledge that I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My favorite way to serve in my church is as a teacher. Particularly for the teens and adults. The more I teach, the more I learn; and the more I learn, the easier it is to live. I mostly relate to the story of Ammon in the Book of Mormon. Ammon comes into contact with King Lamoni and chooses to become his friend and servant. As a theatre major through school, I was often the only Mormon person in the group I associated with most. Ammon taught me the importance of being a true and honest friend and this helps me to seek and love the good in others. I love that in the gospel no one is perfect but everyone has something they can teach others and together we get closer and closer to perfection every time we meet. I've moved a LOT and there is nothing sweether than knowing that where ever I end up there are people teaching exactly what I believe and probably the exact same lesson I would have had in my previous location. There is true strength in unity.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

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