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Hi I'm Cecil Ash

I'm a retired attorney, the father of five, a Justice of the Peace; and -- I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Shakespeare said, "All the world's a stage.... and one man in one lifetime plays many parts." In my lifetime I have played a number of roles: son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, student, ranch hand, missionary, lawyer, teacher, retiree, legislator, judge, and --friend. I've enjoyed all my roles; some are more fun than others. But the greatest role in life is that of husband and father. I love my wife. She's an inspiration to me. And I love my five children. My happiest memories are of my children growing up and our family time together. I especially enjoyed the teenage and college years of my children. I love America. My hobby over the years has been politics. I recently finished my second term at the Arizona State House of Representatives. But now I am a Justice of the Peace. I thoroughly enjoy it. I especially like to be able to perform civil marriages. It's wonderful to see people begin their lives together. Always a happy occasion. Being a judge is an opportunity to be an influence for good. Many people are not evil or malicious, they just have poor life skills. I am a student of history. Someone once said that the only thing we learn from history is that we never learn. So true. Although our circumstances change, peoples needs are always the same. We need love. We need to be acknowledged as having value, and we need relationships. I love people. In my travels (mostly of Europe), I have learned that it's not so much where you go -- as who you're with.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the truth. To me, the most important search in life is for the truth. As a lawyer, I have put together many cases where there has been a difference of opinion, and sometimes a different perception of the facts. Someone once said, "We are entitled to our own opinions, but we are not entitled to our own set of facts. So believing in the Mormon religion for me is nothing more than searching for the correct facts, setting aside innuendos, rumors, prejudices, pre-concieved notions, and misinformation. I have found the theology of my faith to be in concert with the truth as I perceive it. It has never let me down. I don't always know what to do about the problems our country faces, but I know that God lives. I don't know much of science, but I know that Jesus is the Christ. I'm not sure why Joseph Smith did some of the things the way he did, but I know that he was a prophet of God.

How I live my faith

Christ is our exemplar. I try to live my life as I believe He would. I go to church each Sunday. Currently, I'm working with the single adults in my area. I pay an honest tithing. I try to love my fellowmen as I believe He would. Each man is my brother, each woman is my sister. I don't smoke or drink. I try to be honest in all my dealings with my fellowmen. I'm not perfect, certainly, but I try to use my time in worthwhile endeavors. We donate to worthy causes, such as our charity in India, The HEAL Foundation ( www.thehealfoundation.org ), the Candle Light Society, Gina's Team, Special Olympics, and the Boy Scouts of America, among others. Joseph Smith said, “A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race.” That's the way I feel. The true evidence of our faith is where we put our time and our resources. I've have been very blessed in my life. I strive to share my blessings with others.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Cecil Ash
We believe that the Godhead consists of three distinct personages: God the Father, Jesus Christ, his son, and the Holy Ghost. We believe both God the Father and Jesus Christ have bodies of flesh and bone. We believe the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit) is a personage of spirit. We believe that all of mankind are spiritual children of our Heavenly Father. We lived with him before we came to earth, and we will return to him when we pass from this earth. Since we are all God's children, this makes each of us a brother or sister to everyone else. Therefore, we should treat one another in that fashion -- unless of course, you don't like your brother or sister, in which case, we should treat others better than we would our brother or sister. Show more Show less