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Hi I'm Ashley

I grew up in Oregon and I am currently attending college. I hope to open a special needs preschool after I graduate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love all things active and outdoors. In high school, I ran cross country and played lacrosse. I am currently working on my degree in Early Childhood Education and I hope to open a special needs preschool wherever I end up after I graduate. I love to be involved in my community and crave opportunities to socialize with others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. However, because of this, I never had an opportunity to know what it is to live without the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my everyday life. I've always been obedient-never one to push the boundaries on anything. As I entered my freshman year of college, I met a variety of people who were extremely different in their levels of commitment to the Gospel. I pondered frequently on what would cause this. Many of them were also born into the church and had all also decided to attend a religious university. Throughout the year, I watched many of my friends drift away from Christ and prioritize other things instead. I had the opportunity in my assignment within my church to spend each Sunday afternoon in meetings determining how to best reach out to these individuals. I spent my time each week trying to lift these friends of mine back up and as I did so, I came to realize just how Christ acts through each of us to bring his people back to him. I am a Mormon because I have felt Heavenly Father's love for us through service opportunities. The Gospel of Jesus Christ encourages me to be a better person through small and simple improvements within myself each day. I continue to follow after my Savior because of my desire to return to him. As I read the scriptures each day and study the words of modern day prophets, I am impressed by the consistent effort our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ put into bringing us back into their presence. Because of Christ's infinite Atonement, we are giving second, third, fourth, and as many chances as we need to become more like our Savior. At times I am discouraged by how far I still have to go in order to become the person I need to be. However, in these times, I feel an outpouring of heavenly love that reminds me that my desire to improve is the step. I am forever grateful for the many chances my Savior grants all of us and that he is with us every step of the way.

How I live my faith

I currently am serving as a co-chair of the missionary efforts of my student ward, which means that I reach out to those within our church boundaries who need extra strength and support. In addition, I am a volunteer at a local preschool and also a mentor in an eating disorder support group. I firmly believe that if Christ were physically with us today, he would be involved with helping all of the afflicted, as well as young children. When I spend my time volunteering in these organizations, I feel a small part of the infinite love that Christ has for each and every one of us.