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Hi I'm Ashley Waddoups

I'm the Student Body President at Utah State University; a Future Law Student, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

Currently, I live in a tiny studio apartment with my incredible husband Joshua Nyman and our cuddly (but feisty) Shih Tzu named Chewie. In all honesty, I'm kind of a workaholic and enjoy doing things that keep me busy and engaged. This upcoming year, I'll be acting as the Student Body President of Utah State University and applying to law school. Before that though, I'll be finishing my bachelors in English Education by spending my days student teaching high schoolers. In my spare time, I really enjoy reading a good book, going on long walks (I would say "on the beach" but we don't have one), and going to any art gallery that I can find.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into a Mormon family, I still had to work hard to develop my own testimony. In the 2008 economy crash, my dad lost his job--something that was an incredible stress on me and my family. I was in 6th grade at the time and felt helpless. For a little while, I became angry at God and decided that I wasn't sure if I believed in him anymore. I eventually overcame this anger and started opening my heart to church, but I still wasn't confident in my faith. One day, years later, while I was driving through the baking streets of St. George I started one of what had been many, many prayers. I explained to God that I didn't understand certain parts of the gospel, and that I didn't want to continue being part of a church if it really wasn't something that God supported. As I was saying this prayer, a feeling of comfort and peace came over me--it felt like the warmth of his love was finally able to reach me inside all of the cold, anger, and doubt that I had built up over the years. In saying this, I don't mean that now my testimony is perfect, or that I don't ever have to pray about questions that I have. This is something I do regularly. There are several things that I know now though that I would like to share: * I know that God loves me; I also know that he loves you * I know that prayers can be answered and that miracles continue to happen in modern day * I know that the Book of Mormon is the true word of God * I know that through the atonement of Jesus Christ, all things can be made new. Christ suffered--not only for our sins, but for our pains. Christ knows our insecurities, our fears, and he knows how we hurt in ways that no one else can. For this very reason, he can comfort us more than anyone else. It is my greatest hope that whoever you are reading this, that you can have this same peace and joy in your life. Read the scriptures; ask God in prayer; and you will also come to know if this is true. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

One way I live my faith is by being a teacher for one of the classes that we have at church. I love this opportunity because I feel that as I study the lesson that I plan to teach, I feel a special closeness to God. As I serve others at my church, I also feel that I am given a small glimpse of how much God cares about those that I an working with. I also try to actively take part in visiting teaching--the program in the church where women are assigned certain sisters to routinely visit. As I visit with other women of my faith, I feel that my spirits are lifted. Another way that I live my faith is by sharing it. Being a Mormon has been nothing short of life-changing for me, and so I want to give others the chance to learn about being a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as well.