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Hi I'm Ashley Olsen

I'm a Mormon! I am preparing to give 18 months of my life to God as I serve as a full time missionary in Independence, Missouri.

About Me

I'm a college student at BYU-Idaho, hardcore lover of food (especially pizza), artist, theatre nerd, choir and band geek, musician, and a huge animal lover. I play flute, sing, act, draw, and I love to dance even though I'm terrible at it. I love using music to help others feel God's love - I believe music is an extremely powerful tool for that. After attending two semesters in cute little Rexburg (at BYU-Idaho), I am now preparing to serve a full time mission in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have been called to serve in Independence, Missouri, and I am SO. EXCITED. Leaving my home, family and friends has not been an easy decision for me to make, but I know what I am doing is right. I love this Gospel. I love our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Giving 18 months of my life to serve them is the least I can do. I first had doubts when I received my call. I was, in some ways, disappointed. But, friends, God knows what He is doing, and it took me a little while to figure it out, but now I could not be more excited to be going to Missouri and I know this is His plan for me. There are great things in store for me and others in the Midwest. If you have ever had doubts about God's plan for you, especially in regards to a mission, let's please be friends. And if you love art, music and animals, we are probably already friends, somehow. ;) I know God is real, that His love is real, and that He loves YOU, whoever and wherever you are. And that's a wrap!

Why I am a Mormon

I could simply say that I am Mormon because I was born and raised that way. But through my life, I could easily have left the Church at so many different times. There was nothing stopping me from doing so, and in the eyes of the world, I would have been "justified" in leaving the Church because of certain cases. But I chose not to. Not because I was forced to stay, not because I was afraid to leave, and not because I would have been shunned if I did. I know my family would have continued to love me regardless of where I might have gone in life. No, I chose to stay of my own accord, and this is why. The people of this Church are far from perfect, but this Church itself is perfect. I myself am far from perfect, but I have committed myself to a perfect cause. If I had never felt the Spirit, if I had never felt God's love for me, and if I had never received a witness of the truthfulness of this gospel, I would not be where I am today. But I know this is God's church. And I know that God wants His children to know of His message. He wants them to be brought unto Him and have the opportunity to taste of His happiness. Having known and experienced these things, I have no excuse not to bring others to this gospel. I have no excuse not to spread this message of happiness to every ear that will hear. I know this Church is true, and I cannot, will not, and never will deny it. God has expectations of me. He has expectations of you. He has expectations of all of us to love and serve our fellow man. That is the goal of this church and there is no nobler goal than that. I love our purpose. I love the Plan of Salvation and the knowledge that it brings. There are no permanent goodbyes. Those we love who have moved on out of this world will be united with us again, and how happy those reunions will be! There is an endless list of all the things I love about this Church. I love the doctrine, the purpose, the teachings. That is why I am a Mormon, and always will be.

How I live my faith

I am not perfect in living my faith, which is something I have been working on my whole life. I love this Church, and I often try to live my faith by expressing my love for God through the talents He has blessed me with - through art, or through music, or through acting. I try to bring others to Him by being a friend to all, regardless of their views and beliefs. I try to respond with love and patience to those who may sometimes test me or others. I do my best to forgive even if it does not seem like they have earned it. That alone is a very difficult principle I have learned just recently. Forgiveness is so important, and it is also hard to both give and receive sometimes. I try to live most of my faith through example. Obedience is so, so important, especially in today's world where more and more people are casting off the rules and mocking those who abide by them. Obedience brings blessings. Exact obedience brings miracles. Friendship is very important to me, and I have a great desire to be friends with many people, both in and outside of this religion. I love my friends who are LDS, and I love my friends who are not. There is no difference in the way that I choose to love them. They are all children of God and deserve to be treated as such. When someone I love hurts me or makes poor decisions, I do my best to be patient with them and to respond with love. Going on a mission will become a huge part of how I live my faith. There are so many people I'm leaving behind, people that I love dearly, and people that I have not seen in a long time that will be returning home while I'm gone. But there is no better thing for me at this time, and I am so happy to have the opportunity to serve a mission. I know I will learn so much about how I can live my faith even more than I do now, and that is a lesson that I am very excited for. I cannot wait to teach the people in Missouri.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Ashley Olsen
We dress for Church in what is often referred to as "Sunday best". Suits, ties, white ties, etc. for the men, modest dresses and skirts for the women. Children are also usually dressed in their Sunday best. We as Mormons celebrate Easter and Christmas, regarding Christ's life. We believe it is important to remember Him and His sacrifice as well as His birth, because He still lives today. We also celebrate the typical holidays regarding where we live. In America we honor Memorial Day, celebrate Independence Day, Valentine's day, New Year's etc. Show more Show less