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Hi I'm Bruce

I have a scientific curiosity. I'm a truth seeker. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am by nature a shy introvert and a chemical engineer - the latter also by education. No one who hasn't known me since I was child believes the former. I want to know how and why things work. It spills over into my social interactions - I want to know why other people think different than I do, which is at odds with my introversion. Yea, it's contradictory. It sometimes drives my wife crazy. My children, both grown up, share many of my interests and some of the same internal conflicts. My favorite way to clear my head and get inspiration is to ride my bicycle. Next best is to work in my garden. My wife of many years and I just moved, after 18 years in the frozen north of Minnesota to north-central Colorado. We've moved away from our children, and closer to where we were children (we're both native westerners). I'm sure we will be blessed, and the change, although stressful, will help us stay healthy. We're also curious about why the Lord had us move now and to here, and what callings for service in the Church and community lie ahead for us.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a 4th or 5th generation Mormon, but I am a Mormon by choice. As a truth seeker and a scientist, I have found the theology of the Church and the discoveries of science support each other. As I have implemented Gospel principles in my life, I have come to have a greater understanding of the universe, and found teachings of Church leaders that support those scientific principles! Who knew! The emphasis of the Church on education, going back to Joseph Smith, really set it apart years ago. Now this Church is probably the only one around that supports my belief in the natural laws of creation and evolution, the beauty of thermodynamics, and even celestial mechanics.

How I live my faith

It is my observation and opinion that growth, whether physical, emotional, spiritual, mental or other, only comes with stress and trial. After years of riding to my limits, I now can ride my bicycle faster and longer than ever, and its easier. In the Church, I have been tried and stressed by my service. We are asked to serve in many ways. I have been a Bishop twice - while still working my "day job" - like 2 full time jobs. I found my understanding of engineering and science enhanced, and I witnessed incredible miracles. Because of my personality, I never really was a "teenager", but when I was asked to be in charge of the young men in our congregation, I found that I really love teenagers, and they like me. When I was asked to work with African refugee families, I had a wonderful opportunity to learn about other cultures and help them to integrate into society. I was asked to lead a Spanish speaking congregation, when my Spanish wasn't as good as my poor Italian and German, yet within 6 months, I was able to function in Spanish in any way I needed to. So, I have learned to take on anything, and to study scriptures daily, pay tithes, and encourage others to do the same.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Bruce
This is an awesome question. Since we believe in eternal progression, which means we can and should always be growing, we believe that, as Joseph Smith has been quoted, "as Man is, God once was, and as God is, Man can become". I know that is a really hard thing to accept if you have been told that God is unchanging and impersonal, but if you can accept that the universe can expand forever, or that there is a math of infinity, doesn't it just make total sense? Why, otherwise, do we exist, just to "dead end" forever? Show more Show less