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Hi I'm Ashley

I grew up in a farming community in Idaho. I love music, dancing, and literature. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently attending university and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English within the year. I have always loved reading and writing, which directed me to my degree in many respects. My favorite book is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I have been married for two years and am expecting a baby boy in a couple months. My husband and I are so excited to be parents and bring this little child into our family. My husband is also in school getting ready to go into the medical field. Sometimes it is hard to balance school and work with marriage and a baby on the way, but I know the importance of education in the world today. Above all else, I want to be a mom, but I am also excited to use my education to help others and make a contribution to the world. Music is another important part of my life. I grew up playing the piano and the violin. There is a certain joy that comes from creating music, even if no one else is listening. Just like the books I read, music can take me to a different place where I get to experience new things. Much of my experience on the violin comes from playing in an orchestra. I was even privileged to participate in a production of Handel’s Messiah a few Christmases back. It felt amazing to be part of such a wonderful celebration of the Savior Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I grew up as a member of this church, that is not why I remain a member. I am a Mormon now because I have a testimony that this is truly Jesus Christ’s church restored to the earth in these modern days. I have had the Holy Ghost tell me that this is true. This didn’t happen with words or a profound experience, but in the simple moments when I do what He has asked of me. It comes as a warm comfort swelling within me. I feel that it is true when I teach about gospel principles. I feel that it is true when I read the words of the scriptures. I feel that it is true when I serve others as the Savior served. I feel that it is true right now as I bear testimony of it. I cannot deny this feeling. And this is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I grew up as a Mormon, so I had many opportunities to serve, even as a youth. I believe that these experiences helped me gain friends and grow socially as well as spiritually. Currently, I get to work with the children in my ward. I get to teach them about basic principles like kindness, sharing, prayer, and the love of God. We sing songs and do activities together. It is amazing to see how easily they can recognize spiritual feelings. I also love to watch their faces light up when they see a picture of Jesus Christ. They know who he is and that he loves them. I also get to visit with other women in my community on a regular basis. This provides an opportunity to share experiences and help each other as friends during difficult times. I have had so much support from this, especially during the transition to marriage and now to being a mother. I have other opportunities to live my faith, aside from what is seen publicly. I read scriptures from the Bible or Book of Mormon every day, learning from the experience of early prophets and disciples. I talk about these with my husband and discuss ways that we can implement the doctrines and principles into everyday life. I also pray daily to my Father in Heaven, thanking him for the many blessings he has given me and asking for help as I try to follow his commandments.