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Hi I'm Ashley Southard

I'm the oldest of six daughters, a college student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small city in Utah. Even though I love to travel and learn about other cultures, I've loved growing up in a small and tight-knit community. I have five younger sisters. My youngest sister was born four days after my fifteenth birthday and the sister closest to me is less than two years younger than I am. People sometimes ask me if I think that my youngest sister will grow up not really knowing me, but we're actually very close. I'm close to all of my sisters- they are my best friends! We all have the same sense of humor and love just laughing and being together. I currently attend Brigham Young University in Provo, but after this semester I'm putting my school on hold for eighteen months to serve an LDS mission. When I get back, I will continue my studies, most likely majoring in Art History. I hope to also be able to go on a study abroad once I'm home from my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

Though both of my parents are Mormon, I've gained my own testimony of the truth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because as I've grown up I've found that everything my parents taught me about the Gospel and the way we live is true. I have tangibly felt God's love for me on multiple occasions, and I know that He really is my Heavenly Father. I have also seen the difference between my life as I've tried to live the teachings of the Church and the lives of my family members who are not members of the Church. My faith in Christ helps me to know that everything will be okay, and gives me direction in my life. Even though I don't know everything, the Gospel helps me answer basic questions about my purpose in life and what happens after we die. I love the Gospel and this Church will all my heart because through the teachings of the Church, I have developed a personal relationship with God, my Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, my Savior and Redeemer.

How I live my faith

The easiest way for me to live my faith is by serving those around me. Since beginning my college education, I've realized that when you put the Lord and everyone around you first, everything else in your life miraculously falls into place. I love being able to help make life a little sweeter for my friends, family, and roommates by serving them in any way I can. Two of my favorite quotes are about service and have shaped my life: one is from the President of our Church, Thomas S. Monson, who said, "Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved." Another is from Camilla Eyring Kimball, wife of a former President of the Church. She taught, "Never suppress a generous thought." I've found that as I've prayed for opportunities to bless Heavenly Father's children, my faith has been deepened and I've developed greater love and patience, both for others and for myself.