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Hi I'm Wes

I'm an artist and private instructor in oil painting. I was born, raised and married in Sacramento, California. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love oil painting, but I also enjoy acrylics and watercolors. I also enjoy writing, but I've been having a 10-year long writer's block. Okay, the truth is I got sidetracked by painting, but I have every intention of getting back my writing... someday. I served a two-year mission in Colorado and Wyoming. I love it there. I enjoy gardening, watching movies, and spending time with my wife, who is also my best friend.

Why I am a Mormon

It isn't easy for me to do what is right. I struggle with it all the time. During my 20's I turned my back on religion and rebelled. But in my heart I always knew God loved me. In the back of my mind, I always thought that I would someday go back to following the commandments and living my life according the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Each day that I procrastinated my repentance made it harder for me to come back. Those first few tentative steps I made back to church were so hard for me. I felt like everyone was judging me, but it didn't matter. I knew in my heart that I was doing the right thing by going back. Eventually I realized that I was judging myself much harsher than anyone else was judging me. I know now that Jesus Christ was always there with his arms open wide to me... I just needed to step toward him to feel his love. I am so happy and thankful that I made those first few steps. Each day I try to take a few steps closer. My life is a work in progress. It is a constant effort. Sometimes I don't feel like I am progressing as quickly as I should, but when I look back at where I used to be, I realize what a miraculous change I have made. My life is a testimony of the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am a counselor in our Ward Bishopric. Basically, that means that I am an assistant to our Bishop. One thing I love about the church is the opportunities we have to serve. I believe there is no better way for us to get closer to God than by serving others. In the last year, I've participated in Community park clean-ups, food drives for homeless shelters, hospital visits, and many other acts of service. But I try to do little things each and every day to help people. I consider that a reflection of my faith. A way to say "thank you" to my Father in Heaven for all the help that he gives me.