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Hi I'm Bruce Ashby

I manage a Motorcycle dealership, I am a street and dirt bike enthusiast and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am currently 47 years old and am the husband to a wonderful woman of faith and 4 children that God has blessed us with. I am the general manager of a motorcycle dealership and enjoy dealing with people who ride on-road and off-road every day. I enjoy the outdoors whether hiking, throwing a ball with my kids or riding a road bike or dirt bike. My children are 17, 15, 13 and 8 and are all a great blessing in the lives of my wife and myself. Sometimes we do look at each other and ask...Did we really pray for these kids? They are truly the source of some of our greatest joys and aggravations. I help my boys by volunteering as an assistant wrestling coach and have got to know a lot of great kids through doing this. My beautiful wife has a love for children that I have never seen in any other person. I have grown to better love other children through her example and the example of my Savior Jesus Christ. My wife is a pediatric nurse and I am a motorcycle dealer (Water and Dirt) but the Gospel of Jesus Christ binds us together and we make clay or mortar instead of mud. I am always busy in business and this takes time that I would rather be spending with my wife and children. I went to college through a business program and decided that I would be doing the same thing with or without my degree. I do regret that I did not graduate college and set the example for my children and am grateful that my wife has been a strong example in this. I love My Savior and my Family eternally.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family who was semi-active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I left the church when my grandfather died after my 12th birthday. When I was 14 I got into a lot of trouble and looked for ways to inflict pain on others because I was hurting and selfish. I went to church with my parents when I wanted something from them but resented it. After high school I became a heavy drinker and a bouncer at 2 local bars. Friends invited me to their religious services in the Methodist, Catholic, Non denominational churches and I sang in a church choir. I drifted without direction until I was 22 years old and a young woman challenged me to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. I wanted nothing to do with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; that was my parent’s religion. I knew what was required to be a "Mormon" and I didn't want any part of it. Despite my strong feelings against the church, I read a little but never prayed about what I was reading. I eventually prayed and my prayer went something like this. Dear God. First I want to know if you are real or if I am talking to my ceiling... I found that GOD DOES LIVE, though a peace and understanding that came to me like never before. I then asked if Jesus is the Christ and I could receive salvation through him. I received an answer that was unmistakable to me as a fervent YES. Then I asked if the Book of Mormon was true. Again YES. I also prayed about that young woman and immediately, knew it was not to be. I developed a burning faith in God and his plan for me that I didn't know was possible at that time. I never thought that God could really Love ME. I know through the power and blessings or fruits of the Holy Ghost found in Galatians 5:22-23 That God Lives. I know through the Holy Ghost testifying to me that Jesus is the Christ, The Book of Mormon is the word of God and His gospel has been restored to the earth through Joseph Smith jr. in the 1830s. This is why I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily as I deal with people in business. I am the general manager of a motorcycle dealership. I associate with people daily and I make sure that I am honest with them in all I do and say. I look for opportunities to share my faith whether offering a prayer before a street ride or taking the opportunity to testify of Jesus Christ on a ride. I try and read from the scriptures daily with my family and personally. My 15 year old son and I are studying the New Testament together while as a family we are reading the Book of Mormon. I currently teach a Gospel Doctrine Class and enjoy the extra time of study necessary to present these weekly lessons. When I was about 20 I went to an LDS meeting where my friend who invited me taught this same class. I felt that I could never be as good as he and those around me and became discouraged and didn't return. Now I thrive on teaching the Gospel to people and many have much more knowledge than me. I am always growing in knowledge and faith by serving the Lord in this way. I visit some wonderful families with my son and look in on their physical and spiritual needs. I have served as an Elders Quorum President on three occasions and I can say that the third time I learned many of the lessons that the Lord wanted me to know from this service. While serving as a teacher in the gospel I have the opportunity to sustain my wife in her duties as the Stake (area) young women president, I have been able to help her with projects and the Lord has blessed me as I have helped her in her service. I try every day to make myself a better man and follow the Savior as he would have me as I serve my fellow man and my family. I try and am an extension of his hands in lifting others around me toward the joy and peace that can come from a personal relationship with our Savior and God the Father who sent him. I try to always live my life with 2 scriptures in mind from the Bible James 1:22-27 and from the Book of Mormon Alma Chapter 5:14-19

What is the priesthood?

Bruce Ashby
The priesthood is the power and authority of God here on the earth. Many think that the Priesthood is a power given to the men of the church which allows them special opportunities to receive blessings above all other members of the church. Although, the Priesthood does bless the lives of those who are holders of the Holy Priesthood these blessings come from using the priesthood to bless the lives of others. A priesthood holder does not lay his hands upon his head and bless himself but calls upon others who hold the authority and power of the priesthood to bless him with the priesthood that they have. The more a man who serves and blesses the lives of those around him with the priesthood the more the Lord blesses him with opportunities to bless people in need. The Lord blesses a man who serves with his priesthood with a contrite and humble hart. I have given blessings where I have walked away and felt that I was more blessed than the person I was giving the blessing to because the Lord used me to be his tool to touch their lives. I have felt the power of God flow through me because the person receiving the blessing was loved deeply by their Heavenly Father. I guess that if I were to sum up the question what is the priesthood; it would be. The priesthood is Gods call to men of this world to get off their couch in front of the TV and serve others as Christ would serve them himself. Show more Show less