What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Ashley Bell

I am an outgoing sportsy, musician, family oriented kind of a gal. I love my husband and our soon to be baby. And.. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello! About me... hmmmm... I am happy, 22 years old, married to my dream boy, and we are expecting a baby boy really soon! I graduated from BYU in recreation management and am ecstatic to start being a stay at home mom! Versatility-- You can find me at the local baseball field, at a musical, at the park--playing frisbee with my husband, reading, dancing with my nieces, running in a marathon, on a hike, singing a solo in church, or visiting a neighbor. We also try to be healthy, and we have recently starting drinking green smoothies! Yum....

Why I am a Mormon

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the air that fills my spiritual lungs. It is what I live for. I do love being involved in lots of different things (other than just attending worship meetings); but all of the things I do, hopefully, point back to the Savior. He is the light and life of my life. It is through Him that I can be sealed with my family forever through the sacred rites and ordinances of the Gospel. How was I introduced to this church? Thanks be to my parents who courageously made the pathway for my siblings and I to live the Gospel! My mom had missionaries come to her house when she was young and was baptized then. She wasn't seriously 'church going' until a few years after she married my Poppy. After she starting going, my Dad starting going too, and eventually he was baptized--despite the fact that his parents practically disowned him. Because of my parents goodness, they taught me the principles of the Gospel and let me choose how I was going to embrace it. Because of their good example, and the continued prodding's from the Spirit, I knew that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not just an organization to have something to do--it is the living Church of Jesus Christ--and I wanted to be a fully active member. Because of my activity in the Gospel, I am closer to Jesus Christ and I have a deep and abiding relationship with Him and with my Father in Heaven. I know that they love me. And I know that their purpose is to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man". It is my hope that I can help them accomplish their great purpose.

How I live my faith

I try live my faith through my every day actions. When a decision is placed before me, I try to choose what Jesus would choose. The way I talk to others, what I do with my time, what media I allow myself to watch/listen/read, how I treat my family, how I respond to 'life's hiccups', etc. are all daily situations that require a decision that usually can reflect how effectively I am living my faith. Of course I am not perfect, but through Jesus Christ I know that I can become better and better each day. One unique way that Mormon women have the opportunity to live our faith is through a calling given through our church leaders as a visiting teacher. As a visiting teacher I have the opportunity to serve different women in my area to help them with their temporal and spiritual needs. I have a partner, and we were assigned to serve 4 sisters (what we call women in the Gospel). So every day we are to pray for them, then we are to visit with them frequently to serve them in what ever way they need, and simply we are to be their friends. Then we are to return and report our efforts to our leaders (a watch care system). Being a visiting teacher has blessed my life immeasurably. And of course family life.... The family unit is the most sacred social unit throughout the eternities. So of course I try to live my faith by serving, loving, and appreciating my family as much possible!

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Ashley Bell
I am a Mormon woman--and I love it! We learn that Eve was a "help meet" for Adam. The word "meet" in this context means "necessary". So we can learn that Eve was a help "necessary" for Adam. Man and woman are meant to go together, side by side. I am so grateful for my husband and how we work tandem with one another. If life were a race, neither of us would be in front or behind each other, we would be side by side. And this is how it is in the Gospel. I help him, he helps me, etc. It is also amazing to me to hear the men leaders of our church speak so highly of the women of the Church. They even have whole talks that they give to the Church, world-wide, that are dedicated on the sacred role of women. It is also unique that we have women leaders of the Church, both locally and for the entire organization. Men and women are different--and that is a good thing. We embrace our differences and compliment each other, realizing that we are equal partners. Show more Show less