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Hi I'm Ashley Babcock

I grew up in Eugene Oregon. I struggle every day with chronic illness but choose to find joy anyway. I am a Mormon.

About Me

As I child you would never find me without a book in my hands. I loved to read, (Harry Potter was my favorite!) and when I wasn't reading I was acting out a scene in one of my favorite books with my friends. I love to swim, sing, play the piano, write, and love to stare up into a summer sky and watch summer leaves rustle above me. I have always sought to live life to the fullest and put my all into whatever it is I seek to accomplish. Sometimes, however, doing my best may not seem like a lot to those around me. I have a disorder of the connective tissue (which is the glue that holds the body together) called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome that makes it difficult for me to do many of the things that others may take for granted. In the past three years alone I have spent six months in bed too dizzy to attend school, 3 months in a hard cervical neck brace like the one you would wear after a car accident, and every day fighting the brain fog and fatigue that so often comes with this condition. Despite this, I choose to use every day to focus on the things I can do, rather than the things I cannot. When that meant going to college in a neck brace, I went in a neck brace. When that meant little more than sitting up, eating, doing a few exercises in bed and then resting some more, that's what I did! When that meant serving a mission because the Lord prompted me to - even though I had know idea how I would accomplish it - that's exactly what I chose to do!

Why I am a Mormon

I needed to KNOW if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true. I had grown up in the church my whole life, and though I loved the message it taught and wanted with all my heart to believe it, I had no idea if what I was being taught was actually real. So, I decided to take what I had learned in Sunday School to the test: I decided to study the scriptures, pray every day, and obey the commandments that God has given in the scriptures to the best of my ability. This was very difficult for me for a time. Fear overcame me, and every night I wet my pillow wondering if God actually existed, or if I really was just a blip in the universe with no purpose or meaning in my life. Sometimes I wanted to quit trying, for fear that my efforts would yield no fruit and that I would learn for myself that the Gospel wasn't true. Slowly but surely, however, the fears that I experienced melted away and were replaced with peace and assurance. As I continued to make goals and to work on becoming more like Jesus Christ I felt myself draw closer to the Savior and improve my life for the better. I became more receptive to the Holy Spirit and was able to feel a warm, tender assurance that both the Bible and the Book of Mormon were the word of God. I know that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are true and that the Prophet is the Lord's mouthpiece because I have followed their precepts and they have worked! I know they are true because the Holy Ghost has filled me with peace and joy as I have followed their teachings with greater faith and obedience. That is why I am a Mormon. Because nothing brings me greater Joy than serving the Lord.

How I live my faith

Since I was a young girl it has been the greatest desire of my heart to serve a mission.