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Hi I'm Ashley

I am a mother of 5 children, I live in England, was born in Scotland, and went to university in Wales!

About Me

I am a busy mum of 5 children, one of whom was stillborn, but she is very much a part of our family, and a wife to a busy husband! I have a large extended family, I am one of 6 children and my husband is one of 6, so when we all get together with our children and husbands or wives it can be crazy, but a lot of fun! I was born in the church, as was my Dad, Grandma, Great Grandma, in fact it was my Great Grandmother's Grandfather who joined the church in Dundee, Scotland. I love being a part of that heritage and get such strength from knowing them and the legacy they created. I love going for walks and drives in the country, I live in a beautiful part of the world and love it when the sun is shining on my face and warming my toes, the sky is blue and the breeze is blowing! I enjoy making cards and have recently taken up crocheting, but I don't get as much time to do it as I would like - maybe one day! I went to university and studied English and media, then got a job working with children with special needs and complex learning difficulties. I loved the moments of connection when you feel their personalities shine through the limited abilities of their body. I then worked as a learning mentor, which meant I encouraged and supported children to be the best that they could be. When we had our first child I chose to not work, but rather devote these few years to bringing up our children in a safe, secure family unit.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I choose to be. I am a Mormon because it has all the answers that I need. Where am I going? Why am I here? Will I be with my family when I die? Why do bad things happen? I am a Mormon because it's the right place to be. When I am doing what I should be doing, when there is peace in my home there is an undeniable feeling of comfort, strength and hope. I know that I am never alone. I know that I am a daughter of a God who loves me immeasurably, enough to send His only Son to die for me, so that I might not suffer as He did. I know that when I have God on my side I can do and conquer anything. When we lost our daughter, it was totally unexpected. I was two weeks past my due date, I had heard her heartbeat just 3 days earlier and everything was fine, but when we went into hospital to be induced they couldn't find her heartbeat. It was my most physically painful birth, even though they could give me all the drugs I needed, it hurt! When she was born they discovered she had her cord wrapped around her neck. The next few weeks and months were hard, the pain of loosing a child was real, even though I knew where she was and that I would see her again it still caused real anxiety. Yet despite this, there was an acute sense of being held and supported. I know that because of the prayers of others that we were blessed, I know that as I studied and prayed for help that the prayers were heard. I never felt alone, I always knew I could do it and that there would be hope in the future. I know that as I fell on my knees that the pain and the hurt were supported by a Saviour who had been there and had felt the pain before. I know that He loved me then and continues to love me. I want to be a whole family, with all my children wrapped in my arms, I am a Mormon and so know that I can be, if I live the life that He expects and offers to me. I love being a Mormon, there's no one else I'd rather be!

How I live my faith

I try to be a good person, I try to be happy and positive, even when I would like to be under the covers in bed! I am chairperson of a charity run preschool, which is quite time consuming and a big responsibility, but I want to be involved and a support to those who need help. I work with the young women in our church unit who are aged between 12 and 18. We set goals together that help them to be the best that they can, whether it be at home, at school or at church. I love these girls, they have infectious laughs and an enthusiasm for the future. Their faith is pure and good, and being with them lightens my spirit. Each Monday night, as a family we have a prayer, a lesson, a song, a game and treats. I want my children to be good citizens, so we talk about ways we can be better, we teach them good principles which are centered on teachings of Jesus Christ and modern day prophets. I want them to be consciously aware of others they can help and lift, or simply be a good example. I want them to make good choices in all aspects of their life and I want us to be a family cemented in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We read our scriptures each day before they go to school, we say morning and evening prayers, in the hope that they will be protected and shielded during the day. We are certainly not a perfect family, but I know the principles we are teaching them are.