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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a mother and a wife. I love creative writing, music, and laughing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife still learning how to run a home, and a mother still learning how to teach my child. I really enjoy writing, especially fantasy genre, and my husband and I often help each other out with our novels. I went to BYU-Idaho and received a BA in Music; I love playing different instruments but especially love having fun with it. As for the rest of my hobbies, I consider myself a jack-of-all-trades (master of none?) -- I have dabbled in sketching, beading/jewelry, sewing, various musical instruments, cake-making, cooking... whatever strikes my fancy at the time. I also enjoy playing computer games with my husband, and I dream of being able to travel the world and eventually going on a mission with him.

Why I am a Mormon

I remember when I first went to college. I was the oldest in my family, the first child my parents sent off in the world. My dad gave me a wrapped box, and told me not to open it until my first night in my dorm room. The box was full of goodies, I can't even remember now, except for one thing--an envelope with my name on it in my dad's distinct handwriting. I opened it, and read it. He told me how proud he was, and how much he loved me... and then he told me that he could no longer tell me what to do in regards to my faith. He reminded me that he would always be there for advice, but that my spirituality was up to me. It was in that moment that I realised I had a choice, and if I wanted to stay strong in the Gospel when I was away from my biggest spiritual support then I had to do something about it. I had to choose to go to church, to fulfill my calling, to be an active member. I had to choose to be a disciple of Christ. I distinctly remember that evening, sitting alone at my wooden dorm-room desk, and thinking of the joy that the Gospel that brought me so far into my life. I couldn't just walk away from that happiness, and so I chose to continue to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I chose to continue to be a representative of Christ. I chose to be an example to those around me. I'm not perfect, but I am a daughter of God, and I know my Heavenly Father loves me and is proud of my progress. I know that the Gospel can bring me happiness that nothing else in this world can. I know that my family is so important, and that I can be with them forever. I know that Christ lives, and that through Him I can be perfected and be able to return to my Heavenly Father, to hear Him tell me how proud He is of me and how much He loves me. I know that I am loved by my Heavenly Father, that He knows me individually and wants me to succeed and to know true joy. I am important to Him. I am a child of God; He loves me, and I love Him.

How I live my faith

I was recently called to be the Primary First Counselor where I live--teaching children 4-11 on Sundays. I spent a year teaching music to the kids in our area, and I am excited to continue to teach them (just in a different way). I also enjoy learning about missionary work, and go teaching with the missionaries when I can. I am reading Preach My Gospel with my husband so he can train me on being a better missionary; I know that the things I learn can help me not only reach out to those investigating the church, but also know how to teach my children the principles of the Gospel so their testimonies will have a sure foundation. I am learning to make the Gospel my entire life, which is a day-to-day process that brings me steadily closer to my Father in Heaven.