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Hi I'm Bruce

I'm a husband, father, architect, volunteer soccer coach, convert, follower of Jesus Christ and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of four children. They keep me busy going to soccer games, band and choir concerts, and other activities that they're involved in. I can't imagine my life without them and I am so grateful to be a husband and father. Professionally I work as an architect, to provide for my family, improve the world around me and find myself constantly seeking my place in the built environment. There's nothing like standing in a space that you were involved in creating. I'm a volunteer at heart working with youth groups, soccer teams, the Boy Scouts of America, my city and in the architectural community. Another hobby that continues to pull me in is the research associated with my family history. There's just something about finding out who your ancestors are, what they did, what they looked like, and the qualities that you can see in your own life. I have found great satisfaction and growth in helping others, with no other reward than the satisfaction of seeing someone grow, someone change, someone become better. I enjoy photography - architectural, landscapes, etc. and am not usually far from my camera, though I have much to learn about. Each spring I anxiously await the opportunity to get out into my yard and work on my vegetable garden and my own landscape. I wish I was a reader because I love to learn, but can't seem to keep my eyes open when I open a book. My experiences come from living up and down the west coast of the United States.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the church by a friend in high school that I knew from the track team. She had been very active in the youth activities of the church and I noticed this. One day I asked her what she believed in as all I knew was that Mormon's had big families (she had 5 children in her family). She went home and wrote her testimony in a copy of the Book of Mormon and gave it to me. I took that book with me to my brother's college graduation and while I don't remember what I read about, I do remember the feelings of peace I received as I read the book for the first time. Through that summer, I got to know some of her friends and began attending church. I was then introduced to the missionaries who came into my home to teach me about Jesus Christ and his gospel. As a child, my family attended a United Methodist Church. When we moved to a new location, my parents, for some reason, never found a church that they felt comfortable with. We would attend church for Christmas Eve services and sometimes on Easter. When the missionaries started teaching me, I don't know that I thought much about religion, but I believed that God & Jesus Christ were distinct and separate beings. I had never been taught otherwise. I'd have to say that most of that belief came from listening to the Christmas music we'd listen to each year. Even after joining the church through baptism, I had multiple experiences that I needed to confirm why I was an active member of the church. One day, in college, I was walking to a religion class offered by the church, and stopped to ask myself why I was walking all that way to go this class. It was then I realized it was because I had a testimony of Jesus Christ and his gospel. Later I served as a full-time missionary. From that experience and many others since then, I have come to feel of God's love for me, and the joy of being a follower of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Each day, I strive to live my life as a follower of Jesus Christ by being kind to my family and those I interact with each day. I want to be "an example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity," (1 Timothy 4:12). I'm certainly not perfect, but work to improve in all that I do each day. Being a member of the church has provided me so many opportunities to bless the lives of others and then, in turn, feel the love of the Savior. Most notably in my experience has been in a position to help others accept Jesus as their Savior and to help them access the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ in their lives through faith and repentance. As a missionary when I was a young man, then later as a bishop (volunteer leader of a congregation of about 300 - 500 members), I saw and felt the power of the grace that Jesus Christ offers each of us as we repent and come unto Christ. A significant part of my service has been with the youth of the church, serving as a Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach and Bishop. The youth of today are just spectacular! They have such faith, such knowledge, and a burning desire to do what is right as the follow the Savior. There are, of course, moments when you wonder what you're doing, but more often then not you see in them a glimpse of the future and it is bright. It has been especially impacting for me to have the opportunity to do things with my own children that I may not have done had I not been serving with the youth of the church. There's just something special about being around a campfire and hearing your own child express their faith & testimony of Jesus Christ and what he did for us. In some small measure, I hope that my efforts will be a blessing to the youth I serve and upon future generations as they then teach their children and other youth what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.