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Hi I'm Howard

I was born and raised in Arizona. My father was a cowboy. I wanted to be a cowboy. Instead, I am an artist...and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of six children and grandfather of seventeen. Having grown up a small ranch in a family involved in rodeo, I always wanted to be a cowboy. In third grade I won an art contest that inspired me to become an artist. I have made my living as an artist since graduating from college. I've been fortunate enough to have my work included in collections around the world including many major museums, among them the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. I love being an artist, particularly the process of painting but I try to keep it in perspective. My wife and family are still the most important things in my life. This is one reason my religion is also so important to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a strong LDS family, with a pioneer heritage. My parents were diligent in teaching my siblings and me the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a child I don't recall having a very advanced understanding of those principles but I do recall an inate feeling that they were true, and so I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ when I was eight years old. As a side note, I was baptized in a metal horse trough on our small ranch. To be honest, I'm not sure I was the best example of the gospel as I grew up, though I still had an underlying faith of its truthfulness. It wasn't until the end of my teen years when I was approached about serving as a missionary that I felt a determination to approach the Lord on my own to decide for myself if the teachings of my youth were indeed valid. As I recall, that was the first time that I had totally humbled myself before the Lord, and was rewarded with a spirtual assurance that has been the basis for many experinces and occassions since, in which the Holy Ghost has witnessed to me the truthfulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Over the years it has been my experience that it is during times of difficulty and distress, like losing a loved one, that our Heavenly Father most quickly sends His spirit to give comfort and direction and even more to reassure and witness again that He lives and is mindful of us; That the plan of salvation He has provided through His Son is here upon the earth today. That same spirit also witnesses to me that there is a living prophet on the earth today through whom He directs His church.

How I live my faith

The gospel teaches us that great joy and satisfaction can come through serving our fellowmen. Its been my privilege to experience that. I've tried to be active in our community in the public schools- coaching and serving on committees. Currently I serve on our neighborhood homeowners board. Through the years it has been my opportunity to serve in many areas in the church, particularly with the youth in leadership or advisory positions. Currently my wife and I serve in a ward or congregation of young single adults (18-30 yrs old). What a great opportunity for us to feel of their enthusiasm for life as well as helping them deal with the challenges they face. With all these opportunities, I suspect the Lord may be more concerned with how we treat those around us on a daily basis; are we kind and considerate, do we look to lift those who are struggling, emotionally, physically or spiritually? Hopefully He is pleased with my efforts to do so.