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Hi I'm Bruce

I returned to college after 33 years, I volunteer as a high school soccer coach, I'm a grandfather, father, a son & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I know what it is like to become a displaced worker. I thought, wow I am over 50 what am I going to do? Looking for work in a depressed economy is rough, but it was nothing compared to returning to school after 33 years away. Our children are married and my wife's job provides benefits so what could be so hard about going back to school? It is something that I feel has held me back my whole life. The first semester is over and I have never worked so hard in my life, and it feels great! The old adage that you can do anything you can put your mind to is true. My problem was finding my mind each day. I am excited to learn new things. It is nice not to have to type a paper with an old 'IBM-Selectric' typewriter, and the internet is great for research. What will I do when it is over? Give back to the community. I have volunteered as a high school soccer coach for 10 years. I am able to do this because a really good friend of mine is the head coach. I met him when my son was in his last year of soccer. Scott was the head coach and I asked if I could help, I volunteered. It was amazing to be with my son, the other coaches and the young men. Many that I still stay in contact with. If I hadn't volunteered, I wouldn't know the joy of coaching at this level or the happiness that giving back has helped me to enjoy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because when it was time to raise a family, I knew that I wanted God in our life. I was raised as a Mormon, but that only gave me a start or something to do. I enjoyed the social things in my growing up years, and had friends that were Mormon's but many that weren't. There comes a point in everyone's life that when we need to know something, we search for answers. That was true with me too. I always knew that there was a God and that if I prayed, I would receive answers to my prayers. I wanted to know if the Mormon church and the Book of Mormon were really of God. I thought that I would pray and receive some answer but I didn't, there was nothing. I talked with someone and asked them why I didn't feel anything? I realized that I hadn't done any work for myself. I wanted God to tell me, but I wanted it to be easy with no effort on my part. I started to read the Book of Mormon with a desire to know if it was a true book from God or only a make believe story. The key was that I really had a desire for myself. I wanted to know. After a few weeks of reading, I felt that I could ask in prayer if the Book of Mormon was of God. I received a warm feeling as I prayed. A good feeling; a feeling of peace. I knew this was an answer to my prayers. Since that time I have had ups and downs, trials and happiness, but I have always relied on my feelings of that day to help me get through the tough times.

How I live my faith

Over the years, I have done many things in the church to help things keep moving along. There are many people that donate their time to their church. I think that is great. I currently teach the 12-13 year old youth in a Sunday School setting. I am amazed at the intelligence of the youth of today. I know that I wasn't that smart when I was 18. I have been fortunate to help in many ways throughout the years. I have worked with young married couples, conducted meetings for the congregation, was responsible for all of the boys between 12-19 and their activities, cared for and had responsibility to see that all of the single moms, widows, and older people of our congregation were visited each month. These are just a few of the things that I have been able to do to help others. It is easy to do because everyone else does something to help as well. Someone else was teaching my son and daughter. They were doing this because of their commitment to the Lord and their willingness to serve. It is a great example to me to see others serve and do whatever they are asked to do.