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Hi I'm Bruce

I'm a bibliophile. I'm a computer geek. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a young man, I received an inspired blessing that told me to surround myself with good books. I've done so, reading voraciously in a variety of fields: history, science, literature, religion, philosophy, and current affairs. The 17+ overflowing bookshelves in our house testify to the fulfillment of that blessing. After my freshman year of college, I spent two years (1972-74) doing missionary work in Central America; by the time I came back to resume my college education, I had decided to change my major to computer science. In the past 37+ years, I have at one point or another touched upon just about all the different things there are to do in the information technology (IT) field. The main focus on my professional life has been on why organizations (corporations, government agencies, vendors, etc.) struggle so much with information technology, and why so many IT projects fail. Nevertheless, my job is not my life; it is what I do so that I can spend time on that which is really important: my family, my faith, and my friends. And the love of my life is my sweet wife, Sandra, who has put up with all the moves, job changes, and ups and downs of the past quarter-century. She makes it all worthwhile. When we married in 1986, it was a second marriage for both of us; we were in our early 30s, with nine children under the age for 14. We've picked up a few more "semi-adopted" kids along the way; we now have 14 grandchildren as well. We love them all.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a somewhat precocious child, and one who read heavily in books on science, I decided at age 9 or so that there was no God. Around age 13, I began to think that I might have been too hasty, encountering problems and questions for which I had no answers. I asked God if He was there; I got back in response a warm, comforting assurance that He was real and that He loved me. A few months later, on a YMCA youth trip to San Francisco just before my 14th birthday, one of the counselors bore his testimony of Christ and challenged us to accept Him as our Savior; I did and again received that personal spiritual witness of the truth of Christ's reality and atoning sacrifice. A month or so after that, I mentioned some personal lifestyle decisions I had made to my good friend Andy, and he said, "I have just the church for you." He started taking me to LDS youth meetings, and then to Sunday meetings as well. Then he suggested I take discussions from the missionaries. I asked my parents if I could; to my surprise, it was my father -- a good man, but a drinking, smoking, and occasionally swearing Navy officer -- who said, "I can think of no other church I'd rather have you join." So I listened to the missionaries and studied the materials they gave me as I studied everything else that fell into my hands. Once again, I prayed; once again, I received a strong, sure spiritual witness, this time of the restoration of Christ's church and priesthood upon the earth. I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have been an faithful, believing member ever since.

How I live my faith

From what I've seen over 40+ years of membership, the LDS Church is focused on helping its member to become more like Jesus Christ through repentance, service, and learning. Each week of my life pivots around partaking of the sacrament of the Lord's supper each Sunday. It's when I review what progress I have -- or haven't -- made each week, ask the Lord to forgive me for my sins and failings, and recommit to take Christ's name upon me and follow Him more closely. Individual service for others is a critical and constant aspect of LDS Church membership. Since there is no paid clergy, teachers, or administrative staff on a local level, we as Mormons are constantly called to serve within our congregations. During my decades of Church membership, I have almost always had a position of some sort within my congregation -- leadership, teaching, administrative,or other. Beyond that, we have almost weekly opportunities for service to others, based on their specific needs. Just recently, some 50+ members of our congregation spent several hours on a Saturday morning doing extensive yard work and home repairs for an elderly non-Mormon couple living within our congregation boundaries. Education and learning, both scriptural and secular, are strongly emphasized within the LDS Church as well. I am a graduate of Brigham Young University -- owned and operated by the LDS Church -- and later taught there as a computer science professor. I have twice served as a seminary instructor, teaching the scriptures before school every weekday morning to high school students; likewise, I have served several times as a Sunday school instructor for the adults in our congregation, as well as for new members or those investigating the Church. I have never found my secular learning and education in conflict with my faith -- both work towards discovering what is and what is important.