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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a 21 year-old law student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born to a couple of loving, young college sweethearts, and I am the oldest of three daughters. (My poor father!) I love to play soccer, run, mountain-bike, ski, and read. I have a borderline-obsession with all things chocolate and peanut butter. I also love volunteering and taking care of others. One of the highlights of my week is visiting two of my best friends at the local nursing home. I studied philosophy as an undergrad, and I started law school in the fall of 2012. I want to be a criminal defense attorney someday and advocate for the rights of the underprivileged and disadvantaged of society. But, even more importantly to me, I want to be a mother.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know it is true. I was a philosophy student, and I am a law student; I've seen plenty of skepticism, and I've heard all the arguments against religion and God. But all that skepticism and agnosticism, that only leaves you empty and cold and depressed. And it just doesn't feel...right. The gospel of Jesus Christ has always seemed so logical, and it has always felt so good. We do not know all things now, but neither does any scientist or religious scholar. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy, so happy. It brings me peace, joy, and purpose to know that through Christ's Atonement, I--frustratingly imperfect as I am--can return to live with God someday, and I can return there with the family that I love so much. I know God lives and loves us, and I know that families can be together forever. I know that through the Atonement of Christ, all pain and sin can eventually be erased and all things eventually made right. I know that Joseph Smith restored the Lord's church as it was in ancient days, and I know that revelation continues through our prophets today. I know God has not left His children alone. I know--more than anything, I know--that God loves me, and He loves all of His children.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living as Christ-like as I can. I am far from perfect, but I do my best to love and serve my family, my roommates, my classmates, and all those around me. I live my faith by acting with perfect honesty and integrity, and I live a clean, moral life. Unlike most law students my age, I do not drink, and I live a virtuous, chaste life. I am blessed with a clear mind and conscious as I live these standards. I live my faith by treating others as Christ would treat them: with respect, love, and compassion. I currently teach the young, single-adult women in my ward. I love this calling because it allows me to serve women who may be struggling with the same issues and problems I have struggled with in the past and who can help me with the struggles I now face. This calling instills within me a love and empathy for the women I teach. I know that as I teach, the Lord helps me know what to say so that I may relate to these women and help them the best that I can. I also enjoy visiting a couple of the women in my ward on a regular basis because it allows me to feel a bit of the love Christ has for the one.