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Hi I'm Ashley

I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. I am a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student and my major is nursing. I have always wanted to work professionally in the medical field since I was young. I love every aspect of human anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, medicine, nutrition and so much more! What's even greater is that I can share my academic interests with my sincere love and desire to help others physically, emotionally, mentally, or any other way I can through nursing. So exciting!! This year, I was accepted into a registered nursing program at college. As thrilled as I was with this news, I chose to defer this educational opportunity for what I feel is an even greater privilege and opportunity for me at this time in my life: to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many friends and associates wondered why I made this choice just as my educational goals are beginning to be realized. My answer to them is that I have come to know of the truthfulness of the gospel for myself. Because I am blessed to have this testimony, or witness of the truth, I have a tremendous desire to share those truths with others. It is such a wonderful blessing for me to dedicate a short period of my life in service to others as a missionary and share the love that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for each of us.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. Although I grew up in a household that believed and taught the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I had to come to a knowledge of that for myself. I couldn't journey through life relying solely on the testimonies of those around me. I had to have a testimony of my own. So I prayed often--with real intent--believing in the Savior, Jesus Christ, and desiring to have a sure knowledge of what I already had faith in. I read the scriptures diligently, with focus, with sincerity, and with hope. I tried to be faithful in keeping the commandments the best that I knew how. With every action of faith that I made, and every step I took, likewise, my testimony of Jesus Christ grew firmer and firmer, until I came to the knowledge that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. When I prayed, I felt so strongly in my heart that my Heavenly Father was listening. When I read, the pages of scripture became personal and real. They were applicable to me, enlightening, and answered questions that I had. And when I kept the commandments, there came into my life inexpressible peace, joy, light, and love. Things made sense. Life didn't become easier necessarily, but did become easier to manage. My relationships with my family and friends were strengthened. I felt clarity of mind, hope, and found purpose in my existence. I came to realize--and I am still learning--how much Heavenly Father loves me. He knows me and desires for me to have the greatest happiness in all the world and through all eternity. Jesus Christ is my Savior, Redeemer, Brother and Friend. His great Atonement and Resurrection makes it possible for each of us to return to His presence again one day after this life. I know that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God and that Joseph Smith truly saw God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ. I know that the church is true and for this I will be forever grateful.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to keep the commandments of God. I try to read the scriptures daily, and pray each morning and night. This helps me feel closer to God, and fills my day with peace, direction, strength, and joy. Each Sunday, I attend church to help my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ grow stronger. In church, I have a calling or assignment to visit a few women (or 'sisters' as we address them) monthly. In these visits called 'visiting teaching', I go with another sister and visit those we are asked to see. Through this calling, I have built friendships with many beautiful individuals. We talk about our families, our struggles, our triumphs, and our faith. I have been strengthened by the faith of these sisters. I can't help but feel the love that our Savior, Jesus Christ, has for each of them and for me as well. I know that Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father love us so much and want us to return to live with Them again one day. By doing my best to serve others in my home, in church, and in my community, I feel like I am truly living my faith.