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Hi I'm Bruce

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a family of six kids in a small town in Utah. I've been married now a little over eleven years and have two kids. We spent a couple of years in Arizona before moving to San Antonio, Texas, where we feel right at home. My family enjoys camping, spending time at the beach, bowling, and watching movies together. My son and I are basketball fans, although I'm not very good at it. Occasionally, we talk my wife and daughter into playing a game with us. We even let them win sometimes.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are active members of the LDS church, as were my grandparents, great grandparents, and so on. That's basically the reason I went to church as a young kid. However, during my teenage years, I experienced periodic moments when I felt the Spirit of the Lord in my life. I began to understand the positive consequences for living a good, honest, clean life. I admit that, on occasion, I did some things I'm not proud of, and consequently lost the happiness that comes from having the Spirit in my everyday life. Fortunately, I had supportive parents and siblings, as well as two very close friends who, in their own way, always managed to inspire me to get back on track. I eventually served a full time mission for two years in Brazil, where I was able to see how the gospel changed people's lives, and gave them hope and happiness, even when some of them had so very little to hope for or be happy about. Despite my shortcomings, I am forever grateful that the Lord was able to get some use out of me for good. I miss the people I served and, 14 years later, still think of them often. Now that I have a family of my own, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has become the best source of guideance and happiness for me. Being a husband and father is tough, but the direction I get from the scriptures and from messages I hear in church each Sunday have helped me figure out how to handle certain challenges. As part of my profession, I've travelled to different parts of the US and other nations. Although there is much good in the world, I've also seen much uncertainty, corruption, and hardship. It's a great blessing to have the gospel in my life because It provides the stability, strength, and consistent source of truth that I need; it's something I can have faith in, because it has never let me down. I now know that the only true source of happiness is through the atoning sacrifice of the Lord, Jesus Christ, which will enable my family to be together forever.

How I live my faith

One of the most enjoyable responsibilities I've had in the church was being an early-morning seminary teacher. On the surface, it doesn't sound like much fun at all. The youth in the church have the opportunity to attend religious classes at about 6:00 am every weekday before school. They study the Holy Bible, Book of Mormon, and the history of the LDS church. I was asked to teach those early-morning classes for a couple of years. It was challenging to juggle this responsibility with family, career, and sleep, but I made it work somehow. The experience influenced me to study the scriptures more closely and apply them to everyday-life, so that I could clearly communicate to my students how the gospel would help them in their lives. I loved to see my students grasp certain principals and doctrines. I also loved seeing them develop stronger friendships with one another in a good environment away from the immoral, irresponsible and anti-religious influences that are so prevelant in their schools. I think living my faith mostly comprises the little things, such as not swearing or drinking, and actively participating in weekly church services. My co-workers notice some of these things, especially my no-drinkning-policy, and ask a lot of questions. I enjoy our conversations and find myself learning about their faiths as well. I think we've all gained a lot of mutual respect as a result, and we tend to keep each other "in check". For example, my manager often tells me that he will report me to "the Elders in Salt Lake City" if I ever start drinking or smoking.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Bruce
It makes perfect sense to me to have a prophet today. If God is real, and He spoke to His people through prophets in ancient times, why should today be any different. We need prophets today just as much (or perhaps moreso) than any other time mankind has been on the Earth. Show more Show less