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Hi I'm Kent L. Ashton

I'm a father of nine and a grandfather of 25. I love being a husband, a father, a grandfather. I love to read. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Wyoming but wanted new experiences. After graduating from BYU, I attended Northwestern University in Chicago. We have lived in twelve states and are now retired. I love being with my wife and spending time with our children and grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm 65 years old and have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all of my life. When I was 18 years old, I had a profound spiritual experience that changed the way I viewed everything about life. At age 19, I served a church mission in London England and then attended Brigham Young University. I married during my sophmore year. Our first child was born during my senior year and our second was born while I was a student at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Subsequently we had five more children and took in two children who needed help. We have lived in 12states and during our entire married life, the church has been a great blessing to us. It focuses both on the eternities and the here-and-now. Whenever we moved (25 times), we had 250 or more instant friends. Shortly after we moved to Washington DC, our sixth child drowned but did not die. He required 24/7 care. With the help of numerous church members we got through a very difficult experience. But equally as important, the Church doctrine that we will be together as families in the eternities gave us to strength to do what we had to do. My membership in the church has had a more profound impact on my life than any other single factor. It give me direction and guidance in a world that desperately needs it. It gives me hope when I am discouraged. It focuses me on the positive aspects of life. It encourages me to do better. It teaches me to follow the example of the Savior and pattern my life after His. It teaches me to love all people irregardless of their race, creed, or color. It teaches me that everyone is a child of God, and because they are, I have covenanted to treat them as a brother or sister. It assures me that, because of Jesus Christ and His atonement, I too will be resurrected and be able to live in his presence once again. Like millions of other members, I know God lives and that His Son is our Savior. This knowledge makes all the difference in my life.

How I live my faith

We live our faith one day at a time. It gives us numerous opportunities to be of service to others. We teach our children to be both good citizens and good Christians. Since there are no paid ministers in our church, all church work is done by volunteers and we've never been without an opportunity to serve. The Church teaches that we lived before we came to earth and that we will live again after we die. This motivates us to live as the Savior did. There is a gap between the way the Savior lived his life and the way we live ours, but every day we try to be better.