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Hi I'm Bruce

I'm a Mormon, having grown up in rural Idaho, served a mission in Samoa, and having lived since 1973 in Arizona.

About Me

I have been an active member of the church my whole life. My parents were divorced when I was in high school because my father was not active or interested in the church and its practices. I served a 30 month mission to Samoa, graduated from BYU and then from the University of Utah with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Business. I have been a management consultant for more than 40 years. I have also maintained a part-time private practice in clinical psychology at times in Utah, California and Arizona. I married a Japanese-American missionary I first met in Samoa, and we had 5 children, and now 11 grandchildren. She died in 2003. We both served in a number of church callings during our 42 years of marriage. We have also been well served by members of our church during difficult medical experiences, including heart bypass surgery and my wife's final hospitalization and death from a stroke.I firmly believe that my wife's spirit lives today in what we call the "Spirit World", that she is actively involved there in serving her family and others who have died and whose spirits reside there now awaiting their appointed time to be resurrected. I also firmly believe that we will one day be reunited as an eternal couple and reside together forever with our immediate and extended family and faithful friends.

Why I am a Mormon

My experiences from childhood have confirmed the truth of the basic principles of the gospel as taught in the LDS Church. Also, the doctrines of the church provide answers to questions not otherwise easily addressed, e.g. why bad things can happen to good people, what happens after death, what happens to children who die in childhood, do such children forfeit what they could have learned in life had they lived, did we exist in some form before our physical birth, and many other similar difficult questions The teachings of the church help me see things from a much broader, eternal perspective than I could otherwise.Such a view gives added purpose to my life and actions, and guides how I determine my priorities, set my goals, raise my children and conduct my day to day business.It would be hard for me to deal with life's ups and downs without such a viewpoint, without such a conviction.For example, when my wife died a few years ago, it was comforting to know that her spirit continued to exist, that she was now free from physical pain and suffering of every kind, that she was engaged in purposeful and fulfilling activities with her own extended family and others. As she served a mission in Samoa and learned that language well, perhaps she was even working with the spirits of Samoans who had died and had not yet learned of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Her own father was never an active member of the church, although many of her other family member were, so it might even be possible that she has spent time in the "Spirit World" working with him as he died when she was in college.It is also encouraging to know that I may have the opportunity to join her in such activities after my death, and that we will live as a family there in the Spirit and later after the resurrection, based, of course, on our continuing to be faithful to the principles of the gospel we embrace.

How I live my faith

I have been a Little League Baseball manager, Pop Warner Football coach and YMCA youth basketball coach (30 teams). My two sons both played these sports, so I get involved as one of their coaches from the time they were 8 or 9 years old. I've also worked with the local high school baseball teams both during the regular season and in their summer league programs, such as Babe Ruth. In the church I've held both ward and stake leadership roles as well as teaching responsibilities (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, Church History). I have also provided priesthood leadership training at the ward and stake level to other ward and stake officers. In the mission field I worked closely with my mission president and a Samoan leader in translating the Doctrine and Covenants from English to Samoan. Upon returning home, I also worked closely with the Church Missionary Committee in proof reading that translation and in getting that book published.My counseling activities also permit me to help others deal with daily and family issues.Such activities prove uplifting and purposeful, in part because of my faith, an its emphasis on being of help to others.Currently, I work with another senior member of our ward in befriending and helping two families in the ward as their home teachers. We get well acquainted with each of these families and help them when they have issues with employment, raising their children, dealing with health concerns, working on their homes, helping them with their lawn or landscaping and other similar tasks. We recently helped one lady in moving from one home to another in the ward. There were as many as 30 other ward members who came to help this lady move her furniture and other household possessions from their former home to their new one.We often study the gospel together as well, typically spending some time each month with each family in such gospel study. The women in our ward also conduct a similar program.