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Hi I'm Ashley

I believe that life is meant to be enjoyed. I love running and eating clean. I'm a Mormon. :)

About Me

I am currently going to school studying Elementary Education. I love to play the piano and express myself musically. I am addicted to running (only outdoors!) and inventing new healthy eating creations. I love leadership and I am involved in many volunteer activities at my university. I love my family, I don't know where I'd be without them!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, meaning my parents are both members. However, that does not mean that I didn't have to search for a testimony on my own. Trying to live off of my parent's testimony would not be enough to keep my faith strong during difficult times in my life. Living the principles of the gospel and keeping myself pure and clean helps me understand my individual worth. I know that I am a daughter of God and that I have a Father in Heaven and a brother, Jesus Christ, that love me unconditionally. I have read the Book of Mormon and have sincerely prayed about its divinity and the reality of Joseph Smith. I know for myself - without a doubt - that the book was inspired of God and that Joseph was prepared to restore the gospel to the earth. I know that my family can be together forever through the restored priesthood keys and covenants that we make in the temple. I have heard opposing sides to my faith, and understand how some may be troubled by old practices such as polygamy and other controversial things that may have taken place in our church history. Although I may not know the reason for some of those events, I choose to focus on what I do know. One could spend hours debating insignificant facts and miss out on the big picture. I have seen too many miracles, felt the spirit too many times, and have met so many faithful people, that to throw my beliefs away because of something that I cannot comprehend right now, but will one day understand, would not be right.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the second councilor in my ward's women's organization called the Relief Society. I serve with three other women my age. We meet once a week to discuss the needs of the women in our ward and specific people we can visit or help. We also plan activities and service projects for the Relief Society to do together. Another part of my calling is to help organize visiting teaching. This is an amazing networking program that pairs sisters in the church together who are then assigned to visit another sister in the ward to bring them uplifting messages and help them with any needs they might have. The motto of our Relief Society organization is "charity never faileth." In order to serve as a worthy councilor I strive to live in this manner each day of my life! I try my very best to avoid gossip, selfish thoughts, and degrading comments and thoughts towards others. As I successfully do this I can feel my relationship with others and with my God grow stronger, and I also gain confidence in myself and who I am. Another calling I have recently had is the ward choir accompanist. I was privileged to accompany the choir during all of their performances. This was such a blessing to play a variety of uplifting songs on the piano and spend time outside of church practicing for my calling.