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Hi I'm Bruce

I spearhead volunteer and fund raising efforts for community non-profits. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a regular guy. I like reading, listening to my iPod, college football, world cup soccer, creative writing, and movies. But most of all, I like hanging out with my wife and little guys.

Why I am a Mormon

My LDS faith helps me understand the "big picture." As Paul said, "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (1 Corinthians 15:19) It's a comfort and a relief to me to know that this life isn't all there is. God created us to be eternal, and to help us become more than we ever thought possible. My faith has taught me that God hasn't stopped being involved in our lives. He didn't stop speaking to man after the last verse of the New Testament was written. He speaks today to living, modern prophets and apostles... and to us as well, if we'll listen. I found that out for myself during one of the lowest moments of my life. When I felt like there wasn't any hope, God spoke to me through this verse from the Book of Mormon: "And now my sons, remember, remember that is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." I've tried to follow that counsel, and life's been better ever since.

How I live my faith

At church I serve in a youth organization and as a "home teacher," which basically means I visit a few families in the congregation on a regular basis to help out wherever needed. In general, I try to be the kind of man Jesus would approve of -- not just around other people but at home and in private, too. Living my faith means treating all people with love and respect, and looking for ways to serve them. I'm definitely not perfect, but I'm glad to know that Christ's grace makes up for the areas where I fall short.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Bruce
Thomas S. Monson. I recently saw a picture of his house in the newspaper. In contrast to the television-evangelist mansions you sometimes hear about, President Monson's house was a one-story, three bedroom, one bathroom rambler in a quiet neighborhood. OK, I know that having a humble house doesn't automatically make someone a prophet, but it's reassuring to know he's never used his position to live a lavish lifestyle. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Bruce
Joseph Smith was called by God to be a modern prophet. Important principles of Christ's gospel were lost during the "Dark Ages," so God did what He's always done when people lacked truth: He called a prophet to teach us. One of the most fundamental teachings of Joseph Smith is that God speaks individually to people in answer to prayer. That means you don't have to take anyone else's word that Joseph Smith was really a prophet; you can ask God yourself! Show more Show less