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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a nerd. I'm a princess. I'm a feminist. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up traveling the world but settled myself back in the United States. I graduated Brigham Young University - Idaho with a Bachelors in Theatre and Speech Education, and taught theater until I served a Full-time mission in Colorado. It is the search for truth which interests me the most. In my free time I enjoy hiking, swing dancing, drawing, and watching documentaries.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, but I have seen my heart become converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints so that I'm not just living in a culture, but I am really living my religion. I've struggled with depression and anxiety for most of my life, but I've always felt a level of comfort in the truth that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me, and wants me to succeed. Knowing that this life is just a piece of eternity has given me perspective to live for my best potential. However, As I grew into womanhood, I started to reflect on my identity. The more I studied womanhood and the balance of the sexes, the more frustraited I became. It was at this same time that I started to wonder how anyone could know truth. If there were so many people who believed they were right, who could really know for sure? As I took my concerns to the Lord, in prayer, I saw him teach me line upon line. Over time I have found answers which sooth my soul, and I have seen truth become separated from the lies of the world. I know that God's gift to us, that we might know truth and not be deceived, is the Holy Ghost. I have also found strength in the example that Christ set. I know that he was the truest champion for women, and he set the perfect example for how all people are to truly love one another. Because of the Holy Ghost, the heavens are still open to us, and we need not feel lost. All worthy individuals can receive personal revelation of truth. My own experiences have testified to me the truth of this gospel. Through prayer, scripture study, and church attendance I have come to know for myself that Jesus Christ is our savior, who died and was resurrected so that we can return to God the Father. I know that the fullness of his Gospel has been restored to this earth, and not one part of it has been lost.

How I live my faith

I believe that being a disciple of Christ means sharing his gospel and peace with those around me. At an early age I made the choice to live as a life long missionary, and have worked to share Christ's gospel with those around me. As a teacher I don't openly discuss my religion, but I do share my values and standards with my students in hopes that they might be inspired to follow. Living my faith means that although I make mistakes, I am striving to be better every day. I don't let my failure stop me from continuing forward, and I strive to be understanding as others to do the same.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

This life is a period of testing and trials. Sometimes people find themselves in a hole they can't seem to get out of by themselves. When the struggle is real, the church may serve and provide assistance to help people get back on their feet. However, this is done in wisdom by expecting that those who receive aid are engaged in becoming self sufficient. By doing so, the church is not just feeding a man for a day, but helping a man to feed himself everyday; and eventually become able to provide that same assistance to others. In this ever increasing ripple effect many lives are blessed, and all are strengthened. Show more Show less