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Hi I'm Ashley

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. I like to garden. I'm a member of the LDS Church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love gardening. I wanted to be a horticulturist in the 6th grade, an age when my peers didn't know what "horticulture" was. :) I wouldn't say I have a green thumb, since my garden doesn't always flourish and I'm not very good at pruning and such, but I know a lot and it's interesting to me. I'd say I have a brown thumb. ;) I'm 30-years old. I got married in the Portland Temple while I was in college and still can't believe I made the most important decision of my life at age 20. I still can't believe I made such a good choice. A year before, I hardly had my head on straight! My husband & I have kids and that makes me feel old when I put it in writing, but they are amazing. We are a family and everything fits. Everything is as it should be. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised LDS but "fell away" when I was in college. Nothing crazy, but I didn't want to follow the rules. I wanted to do what I wanted to do, not what I felt I was being told to do. There are consequences for every action, good or bad, and I thought I was the exception to everything with a "That Will Never Happen To Me" way of thinking. Eventually I got kicked out of school & moved back in with my parents. I am a photographer. A friend from my hometown, my best friend my senior year of high school, asked me to take black & white pictures of her wedding (this is back in the days of film!). She was getting married in the Portland Temple. People are happy at weddings, but this was different. Even though I couldn't attend the actual ceremony inside the temple, the feeling outside and taking pictures afterward was amazing. It was peaceful. It was at times goofy (they were my friends, after all!), but there was something about it... it felt forever. I'm not sure how else to describe it. It felt forever, like it wouldn't stop, not even if one of them died. I saw that they knew that and they were the happiest I'd ever seen. I felt admiration. I wanted what they had. I wanted peace. I wanted forever. And I knew how to do it. I turned my life around. I stopped trying to "find myself" and I decided who I wanted to be. I realized I had been making myself miserable. Following Christ isn't about being restricted by "rules," it's about staying safe and following the most direct route back to our Father In Heaven. We are blessed to have a prophet on Earth today to help guide us and direct us on the same path as Christ.. The world is so much different than when Christ was here, a modern-day prophet helps us understand how Christ's experiences relate to our problems today and so much more. I am a Mormon because following Christ makes me happy. Our prophet is called of God. Following Christ isn't easy, but I'm happier when I do.

How I live my faith

I really like visiting teaching. Visiting teaching is kind of a support system for the women of the church. Each woman gets paired with another (a "visiting teaching companionship") & that buddy system is assigned to go visit with other women in our ward (church members in our geographical area). How awesome is that?! An instant friend you are asked to hang out with and make friends with other women who share your belief and faith in Christ. Visiting teaching is not an obligation to me and the girls I visit with my companion aren't just ladies on a list, they are my friends and I have grown to love and care about them.