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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a general contractor, I enjoy hot bbq sauce, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife is the most beautiful girl in the world. We were married in Las Vegas in 1990 and so far that has been the happiest day of my life. We have five children that keep us busy. I joined the church in 1973, and I love it. I enjoy taking pictures, building things, and spending time at home with the family. We love to watch college football and cook bbq together. We kayak, fish for sharks, and catch blue crabs. We go through alot of Tabasco.

Why I am a Mormon

It makes me happy. I believe Jesus Christ restored His church to earth in 1830 through Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon was brought forth by Smith. The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, helps me better understand the plan of salvation. I like the fact that the church does not change policy based on the changing moral fiber of the country. Right is right and wrong is wrong and the church stands firm on what is right.

How I live my faith

The number one thing is trusting God. As I pray, read the scriptures, and put my trust in Him, things always work-out ok. Going to church and worshiping Jesus Christ each Sunday is part of living my religion. Church starts for me at 8AM on Sunday and ends at about 3PM on Sunday. We also meet during the week with the youth and have other meetings as needed. I try to live my faith by treating others the way I would like to be treated.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Read and pray about the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

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

The Mormon lifestyle is centered around trying to be Christlike. The family is and the home is where we learn. If my kids come home from church and tell me what they learned new, I feel like I failed. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I grew-up in South Carolina and served a two-year mission in North Carolina. I am familiar with the Bible belt and the Mormon cult mentality. The primary reason for the label is our belief in modern-day prophets. Just as the children of Israel followed Moses in a cultish sort of way, Latter-day Saints followed Brigham Young across the western plains to the Salt Lake Valley. John the Baptist had a cult like following at the time of Christ. Joseph Smith claims he saw God the Eternal Father and His Son Jesus Christ. If this is true, it is the most important message delivered to God’s children since the Savior departed this world with the promise of returning. From the New Testament, we learn that prophets bear fruit. By their fruit you know if a prophet is of God or if a prophet is a fraud. Joseph delivered fruit, and we can taste for ourselves- so to speak. The Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith from an ancient language into English. It is an account of God’s dealings with inhabitants of the Americas. It is much like the Bible. The prophets who kept the record testify of Christ as the only way for us to be reconciled with God. It has brought me closer to my Father in Heaven, and I love reading it. The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, gives me direction in a world where many voices try to pull me from the straight and narrow path. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Jesus said..."If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." If you want to know if the water is cold, you can dip your toe in or you can just jump in. Jumping in will increase your faith. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The welfare services of the Church is designed to help those who have nowhere else to turn. It is, in most cases, temporaty help with basics needs such as food and shelter. The welfare programs helps sustain life and not a "high-on-the-hog" lifestyle. Although their are exceptions, the program is in place to help members of the Church who are doing all they can- but still fall short. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Life after death without my wife and kids would be hollow. I'm glad the priesthood power to bind families together has been restored. Through temple ordinances and faithful living, we can be together as a family unit. The family unit is the backbone of any society- including our heavenly home. I have heard my protestant friends quote Matthew chapter 22 and conclude that husbands and wifes will not be married in heaven. They quote verse 30, "For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven." A careful reading of the entire chapter helps me understand Jesus was taling to those who, "do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God." When He said this, He was speaking to those who were trying to trip His words; they did'nt even believe in the resurection. Matthew 16:19 shows that marriages can be binding in heaven. For those who enter into civil marriage, they hear, "till death do you part." Our church has temples where we are married/ sealed together for time and eternity. Matthew 16:19 reads, "And it will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." God has restored His priesthood; we can be sealed as families in His temples. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

It is optional. Young men between the ages 19 and 26 are "encouraged" to serve missions. We go because we want to follow what Christ taught as He was ending His Mortal mission, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations... (Matthew 28:19). Serving a mission is a privilege and an honor; it is not a right or an absolute obligation. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

My 11 year-old son and my 8 year-old son were recently injured in an accident. My 11 year-old, suffered severe brain trauma and a crushed skull. Clinging to life, he was taken away in a helicopter. After coming out of the coma, he was in a persistent vegetative state for over a month. I was crushed. My wife and I stayed by his side for the first 5 weeks together. School started in August, so I had to leave the hospital and care for our other three boys at home. Our 18 year-old daughter spent her summer break from college caring for her three little brothers at home. She just left to go back to college, so I had to leave the hospital. My wife has remained by his side for the past 10 weeks. We prayed for a miracle- a healing. It is hard to exercise faith in light of professionals describing his long-term prognosis as unknown and his current condition as grim. He endured three successful surgeries- two on his brain and one on his abdomen. I prayed like I have never prayed before. Hundreds of our friends and family members have been praying for a miracle, and we got one. Last week he started talking. He can now walk, talk, and eat. He smiles, laughs, and gives hugs! Nephi is my favorite Book of Mormon prophet. He prayed, “O Lord, according to my faith which is in thee, wilt thou…” I know for myself-independent of anyone else that faith in Jesus Christ can bring about mighty miracles. Nothing is too great for the Lord. Show more Show less