Michael R. Ash

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Michael R. Ash (born 12 August 1961) is a Mormon scholar and apologist. Ash was born in Rockledge, Florida as the second son of an eventual four boys. He currently lives in Ogden, Utah. He and his wife Christine are the parents of three daughters and grandparents of four grandchildren.

FAIR work[edit]

Ash is on the management team for the Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research (FAIR), an international, volunteer, non-profit organization that produces material defending the LDS faith and answers queries from members (and investigators) who have challenging questions about Mormonism. Ash has written dozens of articles for FAIR as well as his own website, MormonFortress.com.[1]

Ash has also written articles for the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS), Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and Sunstone Magazine.

In June 2008, FAIR published Ash's book entitled, Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One's Testimony in Face of Criticism and Doubt[2] which has received mostly positive reviews.

In December 2008, Cedar Fort published Ash's book, Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith.[3]

Ash writes a weekly column about LDS issues for the Deseret News (and Church News) owned online publication, the Mormon Times. On July 7, 2011, Ash admitted on the Mormon web board "Mormon Discussions" that he had been dismissed from his unpaid columnist position with the Mormon Times.



  • Ash, Michael R. (2008), Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One's Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt, Orem, Utah: Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (published June 18, 2008), ISBN 1-893036-08-1 .
  • Ash, Michael R. (2008), Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith, Springville, Utah: Cedar Fort, Inc. (published December 2008), ISBN 978-1-59955-231-6 .