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Hi I'm Ashley

I grew up in Highland, Utah. I love playing sports, and I love singing classical music. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am currently attending my freshmen year at college; I graduated High School with my associates, so the workload this year has been a little shocking while I attend junior classes. I love writing, and have a passion for my major in communications. In my spare time, I love being with my family and friends. (Even though, I have come to find that a college student doesn't have very much spare time!) When life get's crazy, I like to unwind playing the piano, or pulling out some of my arias I used to sing in High School. Music is medicine to a hectic life. I also love to get out and shoot some hoops or play tennis whenever I can. Being active has always been important to me, and playing sports is my favorite thing to do to stay active!

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents were members, my grandparents were members, and my great grandparents were members. Actually, my great great great grandparents were converted to the church. However, I didn't want to be a member just because it "runs in the family". I wanted to be a member for me. I prayed earnestly every day and night, read from the scriptures, and attended church seeking to know if it was true. Although I always felt it was true, when I was twelve years old, my testimony was truly solidified. In the church, we have the opportunity to go to the temple. We believe the temple is the house of God where we make sacred covenants and participate in sacred ordinances. As I attended the temple weekly, I realized the true peace and love the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings. I know this church is true because I have felt the guidance of the Holy Ghost. I know for a fact that Joseph Smith was a prophet, saw God and Jesus Christ, translated the Book of Mormon, and restored the true church upon the earth. I have read, and have come to know that the Book of Mormon and Bible work hand in hand to reveal the gospel truths of ancient prophets. I know that we are led by a modern prophet, namely President Thomas S. Monson, that receives revelation from God. I bear testimony that Jesus is the Christ and that He died and was resurrected in order to achieve all righteousness. Christ loves each of us enough that as He bled from every poor, he thought of us--individually. I know that because of His infinite Atonement and through the covenants we make in the temple, we can live together as families for eternity, and not even death can tear us apart.

How I live my faith

I love this church! You know that you are never alone. It helps give me opportunities to serve in the community. Every year my ward has a "Sub-for-Santa" that helps families that don't have the opportunity to have a Christmas, and we deliver them a memorable Christmas. Also, every month the women in the area meet with other women to check-in so-to-say on how everything is doing (we call this visiting teaching). This gives the women the opportunity to bear one another's burdens, and to share special memories with each other. Sometimes there is this image of LDS women ready to bring green jello to families that just move into the neighborhood, and can I just say that this is absolutely true! (Ok, maybe not the green jello part, but there are plenty of cookies). But these women are incredible, and are always ready to serve. It has also inspired me to really get into family history work and learn more about my ancestors. I have such a great respect for those who have come before me! Most of all, this church is focused on Jesus Christ. The more I learn of Christ, the better of a person I become. I am more willing to serve my neighbor, to study the scriptures, and to pray to my Father in Heaven.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Ashley
We pay 10% of our income to the church so that we can help build the church around the world. All the temples, churches, and other LDS buildings are built with the tithing money from church members. It is an ancient principle though. Whenever the true church was on the earth, members were tithed. It is our opportunity to also help the poor, because much our tithing money goes towards disaster relief around the globe and to help those in need. Show more Show less