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Hi I'm Bruce

I joined the church when I was 23. I love do-it-yourself projects. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to ride motorcycles and spend time with my wife and kids. I enjoy working with my hands on projects around the house, and manage one of my family's hardware stores.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a very loving home with parents who were great examples, although we weren't members of any particular church. When I was about 10 years old, my mom and I started going to a non-denominational Christian church. I loved attending church and the summer youth camps. When I was about 14, I began taking a Catechism class at the Catholic Church with a friend of mine. I was interested in Catholicism because my mom's parents were Catholic, although they didn't regularly attend church. I also occasionally went to Sunday Mass with friends. At about that time some LDS friends invited me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I went several times. One summer during high school, I attended services at the First Assembly of God with some neighbors. I enjoyed learning about all the teachings of these different churches and felt blessed to be learning more about Jesus Christ. In college, I began to attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints more regularly because I was impressed by the examples of my LDS friends and their commitment to living the gospel of Jesus Christ. The members that I associated with were very honest, happy, and family-oriented, and I had a strong desire to commit to a church that taught those values. After attending these different churches for so many years, I realized that I felt strongly that the Mormon church gave its members the teachings and tools to be very committed to Christ. I began to earnestly study LDS doctrines and prayed to Heavenly Father to know whether those doctrines were His doctrines and what He wanted me to do. Through the Holy Spirit, I received undeniable answers to my prayers, and while I didn't understand everything at that point, I knew what I should do. I was baptized into the LDS church in March 2001. My wife and I were married a year later in the temple and now have three beautiful children. I am so grateful that through the blessings of the temple, I can be with them forever.

How I live my faith

I love serving others. Service helps me feel closer to the Holy Spirit and helps me build better relationships with my family, friends, and neighbors. At church, I currently serve in the bishopric of our local congregation. Service in the bishopric has been a great blessing, as I have the opportunity to visit the homes of many of our members and get to know them better. I also have the opportunity to connect needy people in our community to church resources that can help get them back on their feet. I love seeing people's hopes lifted and lives changed. I have also served as a youth leader, a children's Sunday School teacher, a boy scout leader, and a missionary in our neighborhood. In these various service opportunities I have learned so much and increased my faith in our Savior Jesus Christ. I hope and pray that I can learn to be better at serving everyone around me and teach my children the same love for serving their Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Bruce
The fact that the LDS church does not have any paid clergy is very impressive to me. I feel that is truely how the Savior intended for His church to operate. It is amazing to me that the entire organization of the Church functions so well without paid clergy to oversee each congregaton. The LDS church is without a doubt organized and lead by the hand of our Heavenly Father. As members of the church, our lives are blessed greatly by the opportunity to serve in various capacities of the church. Our Savior wants us to be “willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light” and “willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 18:8-9). As we serve, we may ease one another's burdens and learn to be more like our Savior. Each member's service allows them the opportunity to learn and grow while blessing the lives of others. Show more Show less