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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a biochemistry student at a university. I leave July 9th to serve in the Washington D.C. South mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just finished my sophomore year of college. I'm pursuing a degree in biochemistry. Some day I want to do my own research and help others through work in the bio-medical field. I also enjoy playing tennis, the piano, the violin, and reading. I'm the oldest of five kids and have four little brothers. I grew up in Utah but am getting very excited to serve my mission in about two months. I have been called to serve in the Washington D.C. South mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it gives me peace and brings me happiness. When life gets me down and I feel like I am alone or just struggling to get through each day, my faith in Christ and in this gospel keeps me going. I know that I have a loving Heavenly Father watching out for me and directing me. Sometimes I don't make the smartest choices, and if I always had to rely on my own personal judgement, I would be in trouble. But knowing that I can pray and receive help and guidance really helps me to be happier and less worried. I also feel blessed to know that my family is eternal. I am sealed to them for eternity because my parents were married in the temple. When my grandparents passed away, it was really hard for me. I was very close to them and still miss them a lot. But knowing that I can see them again takes away a little of the sting. I'm a Mormon because I know that Christ lives and that being a part of his church brings joy and light to my life.

How I live my faith

While attending school, I am a member of a college singles ward as well. It is a great way to meet people my age who have the same standards and ideals as me. I have made so many friends and had my faith strengthened in so many ways while attending these wards. One way is through music. I have had the opportunity to play the piano for ward choirs and to perform musical numbers in church. For me, music is one of the best ways that I can express my faith and my love for God. Music can be a powerful tool for inviting the spirit and bearing testimony that Christ lives. Another great way that the ward provides to make friends and serve others is through visiting teaching. Each month I get to visit two other women with my visiting teaching companion. We talk about each others lives, share a spiritual message, and help the women we teach in any way we can. Often I have found myself learning much more from the people that I teach than I seem to teach them. One way that I have gotten to know the youth in my neighborhood is through teaching piano. For the past couple of summers I have taught piano to some of the kids in the neighborhood. It's fun to share my love for music and get to know such fun kids while doing it.