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Hi I'm Ashly

I love Ted Danson. I'm usually smiling. My mom is my best friend. I work as a fashion illustrator. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the small tourist/hippie/mountain town of Sedona, AZ. Despite the fact that I live a good day's drive from there now, I take every opportunity to hop in my car and make the trek home. I love the red rocks, the creek, and the monsoon season, but more than anything else, I love the faces that greet me there. My family means the world to me. With three very sarcastic brothers and two very young at heart parents, we never stop laughing. It's constant mayhem, but there's no better place to be! I've been working as an illustrator in the fashion industry for a few years now. With an art and fashion degree, it was the career tailor made for me. Sometimes I imagine how 5 year old Ashly would react to the news that 29 year old Ashly gets paid to color pretty clothes. She'd probably squeal herself into a heart attack! I credit my dad entirely. If he hadn't sat and colored with me night after night at a very small table (with even smaller chairs), who knows what desk job I'd be stuck in. When I'm not hightailing it to Sedona or sharpening my colored pencils, I can be found hiking, watching old episodes of Cheers, tie dyeing, cross-country road tripping, collaging, altering every article of clothing I own (for no good reason), or baking something incredibly unhealthy.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom and dad joined the church as young parents before I was born. Just knowing that they actively searched for truth and chose the Mormon faith was always a great comfort to me. They had faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I had faith in them. As a kid, that was all I needed. I always enjoyed church and believed in God and Jesus Christ, but it wasn't until high school that I started questioning those beliefs. I could no longer reIy on my parents' faith. I realized that just being been born into a Mormon family did not make me a Mormon. Questioning, studying the scriptures, humbly praying for answers, and listening to the whisperings of the spirit is what truly made me a Mormon. It took time and effort. It still takes time and effort. But every day I have the chance to grow closer to my Savior. I know this is Jesus Christ's church restored on the earth today. I know that He died for me. I know that when I pray, my loving Heavenly Father listens. I know that the Holy Ghost will comfort and guide me through every trial and decision I'm up against. I know that nothing on earth means more to me or makes me happier than living the gospel. I am a Mormon because I was able to learn these truths for myself.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an everyday kind of church. Yes, I meet with my congregation every Sunday, but if that were all I did during the week to keep my faith afloat, I'd undoubtedly sink. I live my faith daily through prayer, scripture study, and trying (ever trying) to be more Christ-like. There are certainly days when my followthrough is better than others, but I can see how consistency in these small and simple acts has grown my faith. I attend a ward in a very large city, where there are people continually moving in and out. I am currently on a committee that helps to welcome new faces. In a city like this, it's easy to get lost in the crowd, so I work hard to help people feel noticed, appreciated, and loved. When I am prayerful and really seek guidance in this calling, I more fully understand what it means to be an instrument in God's hands.