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Hi I'm Bruce

I'm a math geek. I love reading. I'm a Linux enthusiast. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student. I consider myself an intellectual. I am majoring in mathematics in college and working as a freelance translator. I am a hobbyist contributor to several open source software projects. I want to be a well-published mathematician and professor, husband, father, and teacher someday.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of another Christian church. I loved the sociality that it brought into my life, and I think I became a more ethically responsible person because of that upbringing. However, when I was in high school, I became convinced that there was no God, and that religion would be a hindrance to my life goals. I was influenced by the many scientists, philosophers, and authors that made religion, to me, irrelevant. I observed that several of the famous people I admired (scientists, writers, mathematicians) were avowed atheists. I became just as vocal about my skepticism as some of them were and are. My friends, several of them rather churched people themselves, knew that words like faith, God, church, or religion were taboo around me. About a year later, I learned that several close friends of mine were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons. To be perfectly honest, I was bothered by this. After opening the Book of Mormon, however, I started to notice "holes" in my happiness. I was incomplete. After reading the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants on my own twice (once critically, then again with an open mind), I decided that I must find out what Moroni meant when he said that God would "manifest the truthfulness of it...by the power of the Holy Ghost." I knealt down to pray very briefly and felt nothing. Then I tried again, asking specific questions and waiting silently for answers. They came. I knew then that I must follow this path to truth and happiness. The rest is history. I still love science, philosophy, and literature, but the depth of my faith answers questions that these disciplines don't even ask.

How I live my faith

I pray, read the scriptures, and try to invite spiritual experiences every day. I am responsible for coordinating missionary efforts in the area in which I live. The missionaries serving in my unit of the church report to me about their efforts on a weekly basis and ask for help. In turn, I often go with them to teach people who will hear the message of the Gospel. I also encourage local church members to talk about the church, dispel hearsay about our beliefs, and be good examples. I try to do these things myself also. I often teach a Sunday School class geared toward visitors and new members of the church.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Bruce
In the regular church buildings that you may see in your neighborhood, we hold normal Sunday worship services for all ages and activities throughout the week. Anyone may come any of the activities held in these buildings, with only very rare, isolated exceptions. In temples, however, members of the church perform sacred acts called ordinances. There is really no place in the temple that one can just sit down and listen without participating actively. We want people to be ready for that. In a sense, we hope that nobody looks upon the temple and says "I can't go in there because I'm not a Mormon." Anyone can enter the temple. It just requires preparation. Those who participate in temple ceremonies must make commitments to God to live by certain Gospel laws, and we want people to be aware of those before they enter. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Bruce
When the missionaries go on these visits, they pray to know what they should teach. They will try to custom-tailor the lesson to what you need. The typical first visit will focus on how much God loves all of us. Because he loves you, he wants you to succeed in life. He calls ordinary people to be His messengers, so that we all can know how to live in the best way possible. The way of life that they teach is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The missionaries will teach that these men---prophets---are not just ancient biblical figures, but that God has lovingly reached out in our day and age and chosen new prophets and apostles. The missionaries will probably explain how the first prophets in modern times were called by God. They will also teach that God will answer you if you ask Him if what they have taught is true, so you can have spiritual experiences of your own. I hope you look forward to meeting with them! Show more Show less