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Hi I'm Ashley

I grew up in Northern Utah and have recently made Southern Utah my home. I have depression and anxiety and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a full time student at Dixie State University where I also serve as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Service on Student Government. As a part of the Service Branch, I have been able to serve my community and my school. Living in Southern Utah has allowed me to fall in love with nature. I enjoy being outside and discovering all of the amazing creations that are around me. I love playing volleyball and pickleball, hiking and running. Another love of mine is animals. I am going to school to become a veterinarian and have dreams of running my own veterinary clinic and an animal sanctuary.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. My family and extended family are LDS. Being born into the Church meant that I was baptized at 8. I didn't feel pressure from family to be baptized. It was my choice. It wasn't until recently that I actually became converted to the gospel and found true joy and hope from it. I was diagnosed with severe depression and severe anxiety in July 2015. I knew I had depression because I had been diagnosed with it in seventh grade but it was never as bad as it was in July. I lived 350 + miles away from any family and had just been through a bad break up that I was not expecting. I felt so alone and so lost. There were too many nights that I just thought about ending it all. I didn't think that anyone cared. I thought that it would be better to just end my life. I had no hope. I was going to therapy and in one of my sessions, my therapist asked me to tell my bishop about what I was struggling with. I had never met my bishop because I had been going to ex's ward, but I set up an appointment with my bishop and told him my story and told him about my suicidal thoughts and struggle with anxiety. Things have been so different since then. I have come to realize that Jesus Christ knows perfectly everything I have experienced in my life. He took my pains and sorrows upon Him so that I would never feel alone in my life. He took my pains and sorrows upon Him because He loves me. He wants to be able to comfort me and understand what I am feeling and going through. His selfless sacrifice allows Him to do that. The Gospel has helped me manage my depression and anxiety better than I could ever do alone. The Lord gives me strength, comfort, and an eternal perspective which gives me hope. That is what the Gospel gives me and that is why I am a Mormon. The Gospel gives hope.

How I live my faith

I currently do not have a calling in the church, but I serve other ways. One way that I live my faith is by being a friend to everyone. I take sincere interest in the lives of the people around me. I strive to be there for people when they someone to just talk to - even if it means I just sit with them while they cry and hold them. I enjoy hearing about the success of others and all of the exciting things that they have going on in their lives. I have challenged myself to remember people's names the first time I meet them. I also serve those around me by just smiling and being positive. There have been times in my life when all I needed was someone to smile at me and remind me how amazing it is to be alive, so I strive to do that for others.