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Hi I'm Bruce

I am a Rotarian living in Connecticut and active in Scouting. My family makes our own maple syrup and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife, Nancy, and I are the parents of six children and grandparents of 13. I was raised in the northeastern United States and have a strong love of the Adirondacks. I have scaled all 46 High Peaks. I have been a Scouter for 25 years and enjoyed seeing our 4 sons achieve the Eagle rank. I was educated at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and BYU. I am a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it helps me be a better disciple of Jesus Christ and serve others. I saw how my parents were helpful and courteous to others and how that made them and the people they served happy. As I learned about the mission of Jesus Christ, I realized why my parents' service yielded such positive results: their service was inspired by the life of Jesus. So I regularly study about Jesus and his teachings to help me pass on this legacy of service to our children so that they can be happy and more lives will be blessed.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by studying the Bible, the Book of Mormon and other scriptures and serving as a teacher in our church. One of my gggrandfathers was an effective teacher of the gospel and his surname is my middle name. I believe I inherited a love of teaching from him. I also joined the local Rotary club in town. Their motto is "Service above Self" and they have lots of projects where my wife and I can give back to the community. I try to give blood whenever there is a Red Cross blood drive and I support the Scouting program in our community. When I do these things, I feel closer to Christ and I believe I am a better representative of Him.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

I believe the Lord has organized His church to help us to learn to serve others by following His example. Anyone who enters into a covenant with the Lord via baptism does so willing to help those in need, bearing each other's burdens and comforting those who are sad and hurting. If we were to be paid money for doing these things, then we would not be following His example, instead learning to serve and love others only for money. Having served once as a congregational leader (clergy), I found that the work was quite time consuming. However, I learned that giving my time willingly to serve others helped me feel closer to God. Gradually I came to understand that being in His service was the most satisfying work I could do. Yes, I had to work full time for my employer to support my family, but I found that the Lord provided me with strength and wisdom to do His work whenever I asked for it. If I had been paid to do church work, I don't believe I would have grown nearly as much as I did. Show more Show less