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Hi I'm Ashley

I grew up in California and I love to travel. I have visited 6 countries and 23 states. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a junior in college pursuing a degree in Human Development. My favorite pastimes are hiking, rock climbing, and ice skating. I also love participating in service projects whenever possible.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I grew up in the Church, I wasn't truly converted until I was 15. When I was 15 I was unsure of my testimony as I had been simply believing the things that my leaders and parents had told me all my life. I started investigating multiple different religions, praying to my Heavenly Father for clarity on which Church was His Church. After reading about the differing religions and asking friend of different faiths about their beliefs, I felt prompted by the Holy Ghost (i.e. the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, or a member of the Godhead) to get a patriarchal blessing which is a blessing offered to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I felt funny about it at first since I didn't have a testimony and members would usually get theirs once they are strong in the Gospel and know that the Church is true. I followed the prompting though and went to get mine. Receiving my patriarchal blessing was the most powerful spiritual experience I ever had at that point in my life. Even though he didn't know anything about me, the patriarch said the exact words that I needed to hear. I knew that the words he said in the blessing were inspired of God. The thing that struck me the most was when he told me that God loves me and wants what is best for me, and listed some promised blessings from God that were specifically meant for me if I would follow God's commandments. I couldn't hold back the tears of joy that ran down my cheeks, and a feeling of pure love of God that washed over me as I listened to the blessing. It was during that blessing that I truly became converted and brought to the knowledge that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of God. To this day, I know with a surety that Christ's Gospel has been restored to the Earth, the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, and that Christ lives and loves all of us equally.

How I live my faith

I am currently preparing to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a missionary, I will be teaching people about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and serving them however I can. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed my life exceedingly and I hope to be able to provide everyone else with the opportunity to be blessed by it just as much. In high school, my bishop asked me to invite a specific girl from my school to church choir. I hardly knew her, but I did as I was told. The girl was facing some very difficult trials at the time. After a couple months of church choir though she started investigating the church which brought more hope and joy into her life. She soon became my best friend who has strengthened my testimony of Jesus Christ so much more as she progressed toward her conversion and eventually baptism. Since then she has become much closer to her Heavenly Father and strengthened her relationships with her family and friends in many ways due to her increasing testimony of the Book of Mormon as the true word of God alongside the Bible, and of Jesus Christ as her Savior. I am really excited to serve as a full-time missionary, and hope to successfully be an instrument in God's hands in blessing families and individuals by teaching them of the truthfulness of Christ's Restored Gospel just as Christ would teach them.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Ashley
Long answer cut short: Ancient prophets starting in 600 B.C. wrote them, Joseph Smith translated them centuries later. Longer answer with details: The Book of Mormon is a record that was written by ancient prophets, starting with Lehi in 600 B.C., who lived in the Americas before and during Christ's mortal life. The Bible is a record of the ancient prophets who lived in and around Jerusalem during the same time period. The accounts given by the prophets in the Book of Mormon testify of Christ's atonement (or gospel, as Christ defined it) as well as the truthfulness of the Bible. I think it is absolutely amazing to think that there were prophets in the Americas in addition to Jerusalem. Lehi actually migrated out of Jerusalem to America where the records continued to be kept through generations. There are records in the Book of Mormon of revelation given to the ancient prophets in addition to a record of Christ appearing to the Nephites in America after His resurrection. When the last prophet in the Book of Mormon (Moroni) finished his writings, he was commanded by the Lord to hide the records until the people in America are ready to receive them. Then in the 1800s Moroni (now an angel of God) appeared to Joseph Smith (a 14 year-old boy who could not read or write) and gave him the plates that he might be an instrument in God's hands in translating them into the English language so that we can all understand the records today. Show more Show less