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Hi I'm Bruce B

I took flying lessons. In college, I liked oceanography, ecology, and statistics. I'm studying foreign currency. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In fifth grade "life began for me" when I learned to do research in the "world book encyclopedia" and to sort in excel. In eighth grade I had a wonderful teacher. In geography class we learned about climates, soil science, etc. In ninth, eleventh and twelfth grades I was in the first advanced- general science, chemistry, and physics classes respectively for those schools. I interested in conifers, fracto-cumulus (puffy) clouds, buffalos, giraffes, singing birds, cows, sheep, rowing, volleyball, jai alai, Philippines, France, Venice (Italy), Hawaii, Native Americans, most foreign accents, nice scenery and some of the congressional record. I learned to ski, scuba dive and sail a 29-foot cruising sailboat. My twin brother had cerebral palsy. I watched "The Defenders" and "Profiles in Courage". I like Dennis Prager and "Marketplace" on the radio, documentaries, Warren Miller ski films, college planetariums and Joan Baez. My favorite songs are "Hotel California" and Bob Seger's "Turn the Page". I was a SK2 navy storekeeper (inventory control) on a new frigate. I learned about habitat improvement in biology class. I graduated as a business major in statistics. I programmed in B.A.S.I.C. language. I traded stock- and commodity options. When I'm successful I want to found a non-profit fashion club that's a dating service, communication service, and have my volunteers do one- to two-day research reports on many topics. I love to see girls and women wear nice skirts and dresses.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized at age 33. A co-worker introduced me to the gospel. I had been writing a computer program in Fortran about betting on the horse races. The missionaries said to cease that or they wouldn't baptize me. After three weeks I stopped writing it. I learned to pray about the "Book of Mormon" before continuing to read it to verify its truth. But I wasn't getting an answer from the Holy Ghost. So I didn't commit to baptism because I felt that not having a testimony of its truth would not make me feel like an honest member. After the sixth discussion the missionaries gave up on me because I hadn't committed to baptism. I complained to the director that every member I knew had a testimony but not me. He said my sacrificing the potential income of 3,000 race tracks (times nine races per day) in the world with ten per cent of them active at a time could bring me much profit. He said that is my testimony. If I didn't know the doctrine was true, I wouldn't have done that. Six months later, missionaries came to my house and gave me two lessons. Ten minutes after they left the second one, I had what is called Ptolemy's Dilemma. If the doctrine is false, then my baptism would just be a Saturday evening bath. Under the innocence principle Heavenly Father couldn't blame because I didn't know any better. If the Book of Mormon is true then it had to have been translated by a true prophet of God. If so then the First Vision Joseph Smith, Jr. Saw really happened and the church he founded is the true church and has the only priesthood authority today to do ordinances that are binding in heaven. If so then the president of the church today, Thomas S. Monson is a prophet. I was doing what He wanted. I phoned the missionaries: "I'm ready to be baptized"! Two years later I watched the video "The Book of Mormon: How Rare a Possession" which is 63 minutes long. Unexpectedly, I received my revelation about the Book of Mormon as a very strong feeling that lasted for many seconds.

How I live my faith

I pay my tithing (ten per cent gross). I contribute a small amount to fast(ing) offerings to help poor church members with specific requests like car repairs etc. A calling comes by revelation to the bishop (pastor, minister, priest). Members receive callings. After awhile they get released from them. My callings cover pieces of 35 years. Each active (attends church almost every Sunday) man in called to be a home teacher. I home teach three families. This means I have male companion assigned to me. We visit each of these families monthly at their home. We alternate who will prepare a short lesson from church leaders to teach them. We are additionally responsible to try to help these families between visits. Maybe one family member needs a ride from the mechanic when their car is being repaired, etc. The normal-sized congregations are called wards. The ward clerk is responsible for the paperwork. I was a computer clerk. I updated the ward organization chart just like a little corporation (who has which calling). A stake is a group of between five to twelve wards. I was an assistant stake clerk for home teaching statistics. I'd get reports from ward clerks how many home teachers did their visits or telephone calls or mailings to their home teaching families. I liked this calling a lot because I learned how to use the Quattro-Pro spreadsheet program before 1997. I was one of the three leaders of a group in the ward of LDS men aged between nineteen and forty-four. Now I am one of about eight family history (genealogy) consultants in the ward. I think the 1940 U. S. Census will be released next April. I am one of the ward's two ham radio operators who can help communication in case of disaster when all phones and citizens band radio will not work. At Thanksgiving Eve I've been with some ward members to an ecumenical service put on by local Baptist, Methodist, Jewish, Moslem people in the community.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Bruce B
Our spirits will go to the spirit world on the earth, around us. It is a place of waiting, working, and learning. Our spirits will live there until we are ready for our resurrection. Spirit beings have the same bodily form as mortals except that the spirit body is in perfect form (see Ether 3:16). Spirits carry with them from earth their attitudes of devotion or antagonism toward things of righteousness (see Alma 34:34). They have the same appetites and desires that they had when they lived on earth. There are two divisions or states of being in the spirit world. The wicked and the righteous are separated (see 1 Nephi 15:28–30). (see 1 Peter 3:18–20). In the spirit prison are the spirits of those who have not yet received the gospel of Jesus Christ. These spirits have agency and may be enticed by both good and evil. They may progress as they learn gospel principles and live in accordance with them. The spirits in paradise can teach the spirits in prison (see D&C 138). If they accept the gospel and the ordinances performed for them in the temples, they may leave the spirit prison and dwell in paradise. Those who rejected the gospel after it was preached to them either on earth or in the spirit prison. These spirits suffer in a condition known as hell. The spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Bruce B
Church leaders universally caution against any use of such drugs as marijuana and cocaine and the abuse of prescription drugs. 1 ... [O]nce we choose to use a habit-forming drug, we are bound to the consequences of that choice. Addiction surrenders later freedom to choose. Through chemical means, one can literally become disconnected from his or her own will! 2 A mind warped by drugs or a body weakened or distorted by these evil things will not be easily repaired. The drug-induced destruction of self-worth and self-confidence is almost impossible to restore. 3 They will destroy your self-respect. They will destroy your character, your honesty, your integrity. 3 From an initial experiment thought to be trivial, a vicious cycle may follow. From trial comes a habit. From habit comes dependence. From dependence comes addiction. Its grasp is so gradual. Enslaving shackles of habit are too small to be sensed until they are too strong to be broken. 2 The spirit and the body are the soul of man. Both spirit and body have appetites. One of life's great challenges is to develop dominance of spiritual appetites over those that are physical. 2 Addiction to any substance enslaves not only the physical body but the spirit as well. 2 1: Encyclopedia Of Mormonism: Word Of Wisdom by Daniel Ludlow. 2: Perfection Pending, and Other Favorite Discourses by Russell M. Nelson. 3: Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley by Gordon B. Hinckley. Show more Show less