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Hi I'm Bruce

I grew up in northern NJ. I became a Mormon in 1965 during my sophomore year in college.

About Me

I was raised Protestant in an affluent NJ suburb. My religious activity stemmed more from social/parental expectations rather than any commitment of my own. I am also the product of a NJ boy's boarding school which, on hindsight, played a significant role in my spiritual development. The comfortable influence of an LDS neighbor family coupled with my own mild religious curiosity which took hold during my freshman year in college, eventually led to my investigation of the LDS Church. The New York World's Fair was simultaneously underway and my visit there led me to explore and to compare and heighen my interest. I was baptized in 1965. I completed college in upstate NY in 1968 then served a 2-year Church mission in southern California. This was followed by a 3 year Army hitch [1971-1974]. I married in 1972. My wife and I have 8 kids ages 16 to 38 including 2 married daughters and 6 grandkids. I am currently retired. I love baseball & collect baseball memorabelia. I dabble in simple magic. Our family shares a passion for the theater, especially broadway musicals. Genealogy [family history] has also become a passion in recent years. I enjoyed a 35-year career in manufacturing/marketing. Age 65.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS Church in 1965. I was intiially attracted to the logic of the Restoration message and basic doctrine of the Church. It did not begin as a spiritual journey as I saw it. I was merely a curious college freshman and loved history. Church activity was never my quest. As with so many of my college chums, I was drawn much more to political activity than to spiritual activity and commitment. Notwithstanding, going to college in NY in the cradle of Mormon Church history took hold of me and my interest and somewhat naive commitment grew. My attraction to this faith was more of an enjoyable social journey away from college than it was a profound spiritual awakening. As I participated in a small Church congregation over the next 3 years, my spiritual roots sunk deeper, ever so gradually. This best describes my conversion experience as opposed to a one time epiphany. Following graduation, I served a 2 year mission in southern California [1968-1970] where my spiritual awakening matured significantly and I returned home truly changed and committed and with a testimony of the truth of what I once was simply curious about. I have sustained and added to that testimony ever since. I can best describe it as a ''blessed assurance". It has never waivered. Subsequently, through the mix of a successful working career, riaising a family, numerous significant Church assignments and experiences, that once fragile "curiosity" is now as much a part of me as each breath I take - and ever as life sustaining.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by applying the doctrines and principles of our Church in my family life, my private life and, of course, by active participation in the Church itself, either through assignments I receive or in the social functions carried on at various levels. My challenge is to develop the integrity that makes me consistent in living my faith, regardless of the circumstances. I have enjoyed serving in numerous positions of leadership which carry high expectations; are always demanding and result in profound spiritual development - a never-ending quest and hugely faith building. Like many in our faith, perhaps "the refiner's fire" has given me experiences simultaneously sweet and challenging - and have inevitably left me with a greater perspective on life's true principles that I have tried to apply in my family life, career and in interacting with people of all faiths. I enjoy especially helping others who have been misled or have misunderstood the doctrine and the dynamics of our Faith. The journey of faith building is a thrill. It is never-ending and that is terribly stimulating to me. New discoveries such as seeing in the scripture in layers of truth over time, revealed in conjunction with life experiences makes for a rich and renewing and sustaining spiritual journey. The faith I describe above is simply a faith in the life and mission of Jesus Christ; His atoning sacrifice and the Plan of Salvation our loving Heavenly Father has provided. This faith is simple, deeply rooted and sustains us individually and as a family. It provides the "purpose" in a purpose driven life. It gives meaning to life's expeiences and hope for the future. It is deeply personal. To say that Christ is my "personal Savior" is perhaps a great understatement.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Bruce
As we all have come from the very presence of God, our purpose on earth is to prepare to return to His presence and to find happiness by achieving the potential we, as His heirs, have been endowed with. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Bruce
This is best answered by the Savior himself - "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be from God or not" paraphrased. "Spectators" may be curious about this Church, but only in the arena, namely participating and ultimately seeking the sure response of the Holy Ghost in answer to the sincere prayer will truth be revealed. These things provide truth as sure as the Polar Star - eternal and unchangeable. How rfreshing in a world where the unstability of relativeism is so prevalent! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Bruce
Mormons believe in the existence of God, the Eternal Father, His Son, Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. We believe these three beings are separate, distinct and personal. God the Father and Jesus Christ are beings of flesh and bone while the Holy Ghost is a Spirit. We describe these beings as a "Godhead" - separate but with a united purpose. This is not far removed at all from Christians who use the term "Trinity". The concepts are much closer than is often thought. Show more Show less