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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm an aspiring doctor, I'm a bit of a tomboy, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hey there! I'm Ashley, obviously. I know you don't want to read an entire novel about my life, so I guess I'll spare the details of my humble beginnings and get into the juicy stuff. I'm a college student, aiming for a degree in physiology and eventually for a career as a doctor of some sort. I love biology, and am an active proponent of the idea that science and faith can co-exist. I don't see why they need to be separated! I believe in a God who works through science. Anyway, medicine is really important to me, and my dream is to be able to achieve a life where I can help sick people feel better every day, by administering the care they need, and also just sharing the love. I know a lot of people they that we Mormon girls are all cutesy and good at crafts, but I prefer movies and video-games to sewing a blanket. I think it's great that some people are able to do that, but I don't think that you have to be good at that type of thing to make it as a Mormon. I also really enjoy music, and listen to most anything besides country. I also love to spend my time eating! I could live off of sushi and scrambled eggs for eternity. Reading's pretty integral to my life, and I love all sorts of literature. I can't stand things like Twilight, but I'm a big fan of anything I've ever had to read in English class. I guess you could just squish me into a nutshell labelled "Mormon geek"!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, and thus I've technically been Mormon all my life. However, I'm a firm believer in finding your own answers - while it's been nice to have my religion effect my since my youth, I'm not only a Mormon because it's how I was raised. I've chosen for myself what I believe, based on my own experiences. I went through a period of doubt during my high school years - I wasn't ever really an antagonist of the church, it just became time for me to make a decision about whether or not I believe what I'd been taught all my life. I'm a naturally skeptical person, so this was actually really hard for me. During the time of the most indecision, I was at an all-time low. However, I started reading my scriptures every day and participating in church activities, and it was as though somebody had switched on a light. Even leaders who didn't know me all too well at church noticed a difference. They'd smile and say, "You're doing good, aren't you?" and I was able to smile back and really mean it when I answered that I most definitely was. I never had a vision, or even a single definite experience in which I suddenly learned the truth. But the contrast between living the gospel and apathetically ignoring it was too great to ignore. I feel my happiest when living the gospel - things just feel undeniably right, 100% okay. I'm more willing to love others, and I feel more love myself. Without the gospel, it would be so easy to drown in the difficulty and loneliness of moving away from home for college. But the church is my anchor, and when I hold on to it and remember what's important, I'm okay. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I was accepted to BYU, but felt prompted instead to go to a college where a much smaller percentage of people are Mormon around me. In this community, I try to live my faith by accurately representing my religion, and reaching out with love to those who don't have the same faith as I (as well as those that do). I know that there are a lot of misconceptions about Mormons out there, and it's become my personal mission to let people know that we as a religion are a lot less crazy than South Park makes us out to be. I also participate in my ward community. I don't currently have a calling, but I make it a point to attend church every Sunday and church events whenever I have time, and I try to invite people to come with me. I'm not trying to coerce them into joining the church or anything, but I know that there's always a fun, clean activity to go to at the church, and I like to share that with my friends.