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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm an online high school English teacher, aspiring novelist, travel enthusiast, and life-long learner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work from home as an Online English teacher. I love knowing I am reaching kids in a way they could never experience in a brick-and-mortar setting. I am single. In my spare time, I love writing novels (as yet unpublished, but fingers are crossed!), reading Young Adult novels, participating in book and movie fandoms, quilting, and traveling. My favorite place to visit is the UK. I love hiking, especially in the fall when the air is crisp and the leaves are changing. There is a trail by my house that I practically live on as soon as the summer heat has dissipated. I have been playing the piano since kindergarten. I enjoy playing film scores and Broadway tunes. I have a degree in film production and, living in LA, I am fascinated by the magical process of film making.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe the LDS church is the restored church that Christ set up when he lived on the Earth. I believe that there is such a thing as right and wrong. I believe all of us are imperfect, but that the Atonement of our savior, Jesus Christ, has the power to remove the stain of sin. I believe the Lord would not leave His children to fend for themselves with no guidance or support. So, He speaks to us through personal prayer and through prophets who guide and direct His church today just as they did in ancient times. I believe that by living the commandments our lives can be enriched.

How I live my faith

My father was a teenage convert to the church and my mother's family were a split between non-active Mormon and Jewish. As a result, I've grown up with family members in many other faiths: Episcopalian, Baptist, Christian Science, Judaism... This background helps me communicate my beliefs with my friends, finding common ground and also knowing how to explain our differences. I live my faith by attending church on Sunday, sharing my beliefs with others, and serving members of my church and community.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

It's not required, but it is strongly encouraged for several reasons. 1. It is our privilege and responsibility to share the gospel with our brothers and sisters who may not have learned of it. 2. Missions are shaping experiences. My dad has maintained that his mission changed his life; he left at 19 as a boy and came back a man. My younger sister served a mission. She came back with a deeper understanding and love for the Savior and for our Heavenly Father. 3. There is much service that can be done in this world, and missionaries are selfless servants, working for the Lord. Show more Show less