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Hi I'm Bruce.

I'm a husband, father, and grandfather, my life's work has been that of an artist/painter, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I squandered many of my younger years until I married at age 29. Those derelict years gave me a late start on the meaningful matters of life, and thereafter I was always fearful that I lacked the needed time to become a quality artist. Time was also pinched and pressed by an innate duty to reflect the lives of my father and two grandfathers -- perhaps it was guilt over my earlier delinquency, but I carried the need to trace their work and concerns. My father was noted for hard physical work -- he dug the basement of his first home with a pick and shovel. He owned and operated an auto salvage business, but his passion was gardening. I only knew one grandfather, a most steadfast servant of Christ, and devoted farmer; the other harvested winter ice from man-made ponds and sold it and ice cream year-round in the high desert of Eastern Utah. So my vital painting aspirations forfeited precious time that pleasured me to garden, stack field-stones into retaining walls, turn ice cream by hand, raise fruit, and, with a dear wife, nurture 5 supportive children and 19 grandchildren. As a painter, I was drawn to the "modern masters"; but simultaneously I was always obsessed with the versatility and adaptability of old-master mediums and mechanics. I have spent countless hours cooking oil, grinding paint, searching out magic formulas, and testing for permanence. The gospel of Jesus Christ helped keep my various efforts all on track, in balance, and each in proper perspective.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because its doctrines scour life from top to bottom, liberating it to move freely, unencumbered by spiritual darkness, sin, morbidity, and negativism. They contribute knowledge of a pre-mortal existence that gives purpose and validation to our present condition. They offer positiveness, justification, and forever-ness to the corporeal reality of humanity, a condition that traditional religion has fumbled, stumbled and floundered upon. It teaches me about a "hereafter" that encompasses the whole human race, consistent with a kind loving heavenly Father, whose work and glory "is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man". (Moses 1:39) In a world where many say, along with Pharaoh, "I know not the Lord", Joseph Smith boldly testifies that he spoke with them face to face. "It is through the prophet Joseph Smith that we learn so much about Jesus Christ that the rest of the world does not know -- before Bethlehem and beyond Calvary". (Neal A Maxwell) Through the instrumentality of the priesthood of Jesus Christ on earth, I have experienced the love and grace of Jesus Christ, I have benefited from his intercession and access to the Father. The Church itself is guided and directed by Prophets and Apostles who bear witness of the living Christ, individually and collectively, they inspire me to try harder, to pray with more intent, and to dig deeper into the reality of a universal savior and his vision of life's purposes.

How I live my faith

I have elected to address only two components: 1) Study 2) Building Faith Study: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you (Matt. 7:7). To ignore this promise is inexcusable. Latter-day scripture has added: “Seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and...faith” (D&C 88: 118). "Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection" (D&C 130:18). “The glory of God is intelligence” (D&C93:36). Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matt. 11: 29-30). The Mormon Church is forever sounding the depth and details of “His yoke”, conveying unique teachings, offering profound insights, and giving pragmatic guidelines. We must know what we worship Building Faith: Faith is often cast as a non-factual practice that fosters superstition, gives false hope, and gets in the road of “real-living”. In contrast, Paul asserted faith to be “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). Accordingly faith has provided me substantive hope to counter the challenges of life. Faith has become an “evidence of things not seen”, an insightful practice that courses every turn in this complicated journey. I live my faith by trying to build my faith.