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Hi I'm Ashley

I grew up all over the US and spent some time overseas. I'm a college student studying acting. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When people ask about myself I don't quite know where to begin. There are so many things that I love to do. I'm very much into being outdoors. The fresh air and environment is very calming for me. On weekends you can find me outside and during warmer months I venture into the mountains and soak in all the majesty around me. As a result I'm very much a sports enthusiast. I adore soccer, it's practically what I breathe. Since I was very little I've been playing and I can't get enough of it. Exercising isn't one of my favorite things to do, running especially, but when you put a soccer ball in front of me I could run for hours, I know it's weird. Another passion of mine is acting. Ever since I was little I would watch movies and I could never get enough of them. It became a dream of mine to be an actress on the big screen and as such I am studying acting in college in hopes of fulfilling that dream. Making people happy is another interest of mine, perhaps that is why I love acting so much because it is a form of entertainment and I just love seeing happiness on people's faces. Another thing that I identify myself with is my family. Those guys are the closest people to me and I love them very much. My family is what shaped me to who I am today and as such this about me section would be empty without them. Music is another large part of who I am. I've been playing the piano for as long as I can remember and I'm so grateful for that gift.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. My parents were both members and so were their parents. Generations of my family on both sides have been members, but just because I was born into the church means that I automatically believed it all. I had to go through my own questions and discover for myself if what my parents believed was what I believed, as such I prayed and studied a lot and trust me it was no easy task, there was always something else that tried to take me away from my search for truth. It helped that my parents were both active and took me to church every Sunday and made me go to church activities when I was unwilling, but I am grateful for what they have done for me because they helped me find the answers that I sought. I read the Book of Mormon in its entirety and took the council of the Prophet Moroni to ask if what I had read was true. The answer I received is something I cannot describe, it was a warm feeling and then a resounding knowledge that I knew this church was the church of God and that the Book of Mormon was another testament of Jesus Christ just like the Bible. It is hard for me to put into words how incredible and powerful that moment was for me, but I can tell you that it is different for everyone. Everyone is unique so shouldn't the Lord speak to each of us in a unique way? Now that I am no longer at home I don't have my parents pushing me to go to church but I still go because I know that the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true in its fullness and I know that because I've felt it on many occasions. There are so many accounts in the Bible and the Book of Mormon of people who have felt a "burning in the bosom." That burning is what I felt, no it wasn't heartburn, in fact it was a burning at all just a warmth and a sure knowledge that my Father in Heaven is real and that He loves me and that He will never leave me and will be with me forever. That warmth is why I am a Mormon because it tells me what I believe is true.

How I live my faith

Since I was thirteen I've basically held the same calling, so it's been a while. I've been the pianist for my ward/s during our sacrament meetings. In other words, when we sing hymns I'm the accompaniment. Naturally I had to practice a lot in the beginning so I wouldn't make mistakes, but since I've been doing it so much I can play practically any hymn in the hymnal. I've served my church in various ways by going out to those who need help and offering a hand to substituting someone else's position in the church when they are feeling ill. One of my favorite pass times is going to the Bishop's storehouse where the church puts together all of its welfare items. It's a large warehouse with food and other necessities. When I go there I get a list that is specific for the family in need and I go around collecting the items in a grocery cart. When everything has been checked off I get another list and begin the process all over again. It's easy to lose yourself in the work when it is for someone else, I really have a lot of fun. Currently I am serving a mission for the church. I have been called to serve in the China Hong Kong mission and I am learning Mandarin. I think it's incredible for me to think that the Lord thinks I am able to learn this language. At this time, I have three more weeks in the Missionary Training Center before I leave for Hong Kong. This mission requires 18 months of service away from my family and friends, I can already say, after two months, it's worth it.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Ashley
We identify ourselves as Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to shorten that we simply say LDS. The term Mormon was given to us because we believe in the Book of Mormon which goes hand in hand with the Bible, it is a second witness of Jesus Christ. In fact the nickname was given to us back in the late 1800's from the mobs as a means to taunt and ridicule us, but unfortunately for them it stuck with us and it doesn't ridicule at all. Show more Show less