What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Ashley Anderson

I'm studying to become a high school band teacher. I'm a missionary. And I love that I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I love to read and write, and I have tried my hand at drawing, though I'm not very good at it. I play the flute, and since I started school at Brigham Young University-Idaho, I can now passably play the clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, and most percussion instruments. I am a decent piano player, but playing by sight is not my forte - I usually have to practice quite a bit before I am truly proficient at any piano piece. I am a soprano, and I love to sing and listen to music, especially to music that helps me feel the Spirit. I love teaching myself new things, like origami or phrases in different languages, for which I have a knack - in seventh grade, I taught myself how to write in Viking rune, and I still use it to this day. However, today I'm not doing any of that. I have chosen to defer my schooling so I can dedicate 18 months of my life to service in the Lord's Kingdom, as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the North Carolina Raleigh area. I have the privilege of teaching the things that I KNOW to be true to people who are searching for light and meaning in their life. I love being out in nature and seeing the beauty of God's creations. I'm usually pretty quiet, preferring to listen rather than speak, but when I do speak I try at all times to help others feel the love I have for them, to lift others and help them succeed.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, but that is not why I continue to be a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I love the peace and light the Gospel brings to my life. I cannot imagine the person I would be without the Church's influence in my life. I continue to follow the gospel because I know without a doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true and living gospel, as found in the Bible, restored to us in this day and age by the Lord, through His chosen Prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr., with all the power and authority that was had in Christ's ancient church. I know that the Book of Mormon was written anciently for the trials we face in the modern day, and that, with the Bible, the two can answer any questions we may have. I know that our current prophet, Thomas S. Monson, is God's mouthpiece on the earth today, and I testify that the words he reveals to us are the words God would have us know. I testify of the goodness of families, and I know that "the family is central to the creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children" (The Family: A Proclamation to the World). I know that we are God's children, and that we came to earth to receive a body, and to use our agency to follow God's commandments and walk the path back to His presence. I know that, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can be saved, cleansed, and sanctified so that we can return to our Heavenly Father's presence.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by seeking opportunities to share my talents with others. In my student congregation (or as we call them, "wards"), I have served in nearly every music capacity, including ward choir director, ward chorister, and volunteering to conduct the music in my various church classes. I attend all of my church meetings, both in my home ward and in my young single adults ward. In my home ward, I have substituted as a teacher for the children, the youth, and as the ward chorister and choir director. Often, my home ward choir director will pick music that has a violin part to it, and, since there are no violinists in our ward, she asks if I will play on the flute. It is one of my favorite things to do. I support my priesthood leaders in their callings. I also attend all activities that I can. As a missionary - and otherwise - my faith IS my life. Every day for 18 months I get to serve God's children as one of His representatives, teaching the same Gospel that His Son, Jesus Christ, did while He was here on the earth. And every day that I serve, my faith grows, and I find myself more closely anchored with our Savior.