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Hi I'm Ashleigh

Im a Seattle born, adventure seeking, book reading, sport playing, soon to be gospel teaching missionary in Chile and, Im a Mormon

About Me

I am 21 years old and I come from an outgoing family of 6. I'm the 2nd oldest of 4 kids. I love sports! I played varsity soccer and ran track in high school. The dream was to play soccer in collage, although the Lord had other plans for me. I was in a hit and run accident which left me with broken bones and a broken dream. I thought my life was ruined. And at the time it seemed like nothing good could come from such a life altering event. Forced to leave sports for a time I soon discovered there were many doors waiting for me to push them open. Doors I know I never would have touched if I had remained in my own haven on green turf and rubber tracks. Despite my feelings of loss and disappointment, the Lord helped me see (after struggle and much time) that there was so much more to life then what I was doing with it. Now I see every day a little differently. And although it’s often a struggle remembering the life I left behind, it’s a blessing seeing the life it has led me to today. I guess it’s true what they say, trials do make you stronger. It’s never easy, but I know it’s worth it. I learned that when things get hard sometimes it’s okay to give up, as long as we give it up to the Lord. Anyone who knows me knows I live my life by two simple words "be happy." The nice thing about this life is that we get to choose which roads to take; the better thing is that the Lord is always there to help us pave the way.

Why I am a Mormon

I recall a time in my life where I was content, but I knew there must be something more. The sad thing is I had the church in front of me all along. It just took me a while to recognize what a blessing it truly is to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I remember an account where a close friend shared with me his conversion story. I was moved, and even more shaken at the realization that I did not have a story like this of my own. I set out to find the truth for myself. I discovered that the foundation was there, the parts that were lacking however were the finishing touches that make something whole. I knew I believed in the Gospel, but was I "living" by it? Once I made that my most important desire, everything else seemed to fall into place. Sometimes we receive our answer as a very apparent spark in the dark, others like me found a gradual light that soon filled my whole world with more peace, love, and happiness, than ever before. I can't sit here and tell you my faith made all my problems go away, but I can say that through living my faith the trials became mountains that I knew I could climb because I was given the necessary tools to do so. I know this church is true with all my heart and I am so thankful for our prophet Thomas S. Monson who continues to guide us. I've learned that when God pushes us to the edge of difficulty, we must trust Him fully because two things can happen. He will either catch us when we fall or teach us how to fly.

How I live my faith

Right now I'm currently serving as a nine year old teacher in the primary and I am also preparing to serve a full time mission. I know this Gospel is the only way to find true happiness and what a blessing it is that we have found the means to true joy. The church is true!