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Hi I'm Bruce McDonald

I grew up in Saskatchewan and now live and work in the northern territories of Canada. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, a father, a grandfather (by my second marriage) and a field officer with a federal law enforcement agency. I grew up on a cattle farm but for nearly four decades have worked in close association with Canada's first nations people and all fishing activities conducted on the wild rivers and lakes of the north. Circumstance determine whether jet boats, snowmobiles, float planes, helicopters or pick-up trucks carry me to work. I enjoy, camping, hiking, paddling, singing and playing music with the amazing grandmother I've recently married. I have a great love for and enjoyment of my family, fellow officers and saints.

Why I am a Mormon

When the young missionaries brought the restored gospel of Jesus Christ to my first wife and me, more than thirty-six years ago, the Holy Ghost confirmed it was true within a few days of our first meeting. We were baptized in less than three weeks from that day. The scripture "by their fruits, ye shall know them" spoke volumes to me. After receiving baptism, confirmation and the gift of the holy ghost and as each new principle has been introduced to my understanding I've tried to obey that commandment or apply that teaching in my life. Repentance is a wonderful gift provided through the Atonement and I use it daily. My wife and I are certain this life is our opportunity to exercise faith in Jesus Christ and through faith and works to do our utmost to overcome earthly tendencies, to become as much like our Saviour as we can. Having done our very best, with Christ's help, we can look again to Christ and trust in the power of his atonement and the resurrection to bring us back into his presence, together forever through the blessings and promises obtained through our sealing marriage in the temple. This is my testimony of Jesus Christ and the fullness of his priesthood, church and restored gospel, including the incomparable blessings of temple sealing authority. These things mean more to me than life itself!

How I live my faith

My wife and I kneel and pray together morning and night, using the telephone when circumstances cause us to spend time apart from each other. We consider these "companion prayers" and personal prayers offered throughout the day to be an essential element of our lives. Through the power of the Holy Ghost we feel directed, comforted and protected by our great Father in Heaven through the advocacy of our dear Redeemer and Saviour Jesus Christ. Daily study of the scriptures and words of the living prophets are also an essential part of our lives as individuals and as a family. We try to incorporate these truths into our lives, to learn, live and share them with each other, our families, fellow latter-day saints and friends. I serve as a leader in my branch by encouraging individuals and families to participate in researching their family histories. Learning as much as they can about their ancestors they will want to share the blessings of the temple with those who would have sought them given the chance in this life. My wife is the leader of the church women's group in our branch. Together we love to visit the members regularly, encouraging them in their responsibilities as husbands, wives, parents, grandparents and neighbors. We also love to attend the temple as often as possible, encourage other to do the same and to bring the names of beloved ancestors to enable baptism for the dead, as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:29.