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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a military spouse and University of Utah graduate. I'm a stay at home mom with 2 daughters. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a military brat almost my whole life, my father was in the Navy until I was 18 and when I was 23 my husband joined the Air Force. I love the military lifestyle and I am extremely patriotic. I suppose that's why I majored in Political Science at the University of Utah. I currently spend my days home with my 2 young daughters. I never thought I would be a stay at home mom but I actually love it. Other things I love are reading (I read 2-3 books a month), scrapbooking, classic movies from the 30's and 40's, college football, the NBA, and spending time with friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 17 my family moved to Utah. I was extremely upset because it was right before my senior year in high school. My first day of school was devastating because not a single person talked to me, I was miserable. But on the second day a girl in my English class began talking to me and trying to make me feel welcome. It turned out she lived a few streets away from me (so we were in the same ward boundaries) so she invited me to come to a youth activity with her. The activity was going to the prophets' grave sites and learning about each one. I had no idea what was happening and thought it was crazy, but afterwards they took us to get pizza and I was able to get to know people. I was instantly drawn in by the warmth and compassion these teenagers had. One girl, Jamie, actually lived on my street. She began inviting me over to spend time with their family and I grew to love them and respect the way they lived their lives. I had actually been searching for some type of religion for a few years but had yet to find anything I liked before moving to Utah. When Jamie's family introduced me to the missionaries and I listened to them I knew what they spoke was true. I knew that this was where I needed to be. I asked them to take me to church with them and within a few months I was baptized. I had to change a few of my habits (coffee and tea) and the way I dressed but I came to respect myself as a daughter of God. So many things happened to me during my conversion period that I could not doubt the truth of the Gospel. I know my Father in Heaven loves me and sent His son to die for my sins. I am grateful for the Atonement and its infinite power. I know heavenly Father has a plan for me and that if I work hard I can return to Him and be with my family forever. I know the Book of Mormon is true and the things the Prophet counsels us to do are from God. I love this Gospel with all that I am.

How I live my faith

Although I don't currently hold a calling in our ward, I try to stay active with the other sisters. I do my best to show my love through service and help whenever I possibly can. Sometimes the things I am asked to do are not easy and take me out of my comfort zone, but I know that I can grow through these experiences. I don't shy away from talking about my faith when asked about it, I enjoy answering people's questions. I feel that sometimes members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints can be misunderstood so simple conversation helps shed some light. Previously I helped with the Young Women organization (girls aged 12-18) and with the Primary (children 3-12). I love seeing little children get excited about the Gospel, it always amazes me how much they remember from what their parents have taught them. I strive my hardest to live my life as a good example.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Ashley
The "lifestyle" is not all that different from many people's. We strive to be charitable, serve others, and work hard. This life is one of progression so as we go through life we learn things that help us to become better. Family is very important, and we are encouraged to spend our time together rather then pursuing independent interests. We have Family Home Evening once a week where we all sit down as a family to strengthen our relationship. The evening typically consists of an opening prayer, a lesson or discussion about a Gospel topic, maybe a game or something for the children to feel involved, and then a closing prayer. No tv, no cell phones, no computer, just each other. We do have church for 3 hours on Sunday but it is broken up into 3 1-hr blocks, and then at home during the week it is up the the individual to spend as much time studying scriptures or in personal prayer as they feel they should. We are given our agency and so we can decide for ourselves what we need to help continue on our path of progression. Show more Show less