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Hi I'm Ashtin

I'm a runner and I organized a benefit run in high school. I am going to be a missionary in France. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've grown up in Washington just north of Seattle before attending BYU for a year. I am currently about to leave for my mission in the France Paris mission. I am so passionate about the gospel and want to share what I love with others. I also love running and it is a huge part of my life. I like spending time with my family, including my five siblings and my black lab, and my friends. I am very excited to live in France, learn the culture, and share the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. While I was growing up I always leaned on my parents' testimonies. However, as I grew older, I started to believe the truths of the gospel and gain my own testimony. I continue to live the gospel and believe in it because I have learned for myself that it is true. Nothing can change the fact that I believe that this church is true. Lately, as I have been preparing to go on a mission, people have sometimes questioned my beliefs and pointed out everything that they thought was "wrong" with the Church. However, during those times, my faith never wavers, and my testimony is strengthened as I wish that those people who are criticizing the Church just knew the truth like I did. I have received a witness of the Holy Spirit telling me that this Church is true, so I know for myself. I am a Mormon because I know that this is the Church that Christ established while He was here on Earth. I know that Heavenly Father does hear and answer our prayers and that He wants us to succeed. I prayed a lot about the decision to serve a mission, and Heavenly Father answered my prayer. He wants me to serve Him, and I know He is with me every step of the way. God loves us, and will do everything in His power for us to return to live with Him again.

How I live my faith

I ran cross country and track in high school and it became a big part of my life. I know that running will always be important to me. I love working to beat my previous times and having fun with my friends at the same time. My love for running influenced my decision to plan a benefit run for my senior project (a requirement to graduate at my school). A ten-year-old girl named Faith, who I know through church, has two childhood autoinflammatory diseases, chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis and juvenile arthritis. She is always positive despite the constant pain she experiences, and she inspired me to want to do something for her and other kids in her situation. Run for Faith was on March 1, 2014, and I was able to raise $4,701.26. I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve the community and bring people together. I know that Faith's testimony is a big part of her positive attitude and I admire her for that. Seeing her faith and people's willingness to help has strengthened my testimony as well. No matter what problems have come up when planning this run, something good happens and everything always works out. Also, as King Benjamin said, "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God," (Mosiah 2:17). After this run, I have really wanted to plan more runs and help as many people as I can. However, at this point in my life, I know that the best thing I can be doing is serving a mission and sharing the gospel with others. It is the most important thing in my life, and I want to make a difference in other people's lives by helping them come unto Christ. I am so excited to teach the people of France and grow my testimony of the gospel as well.