What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Bruce

Born & raised a mormon, which core values have helped me in trying to be the best husband, father, and son I'm capable of being -

About Me

I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, nicknamed the Mormons, and was taught by parents, and many others in our church correct principles that allowed me to decide for myself the desire to share my love for the Savior by serving a full-time mission - a mission that had me serving the great people in Guatemala. Anyway, a few years after returning from my mission, I married in one of our Holy Temples, and it’s been over 25 years since that incredible day, and so many things occurring during these years, such as graduating from college, same employer for over 23 years, four miracles (our kids), three major family moves, losing a best friend to cancer in June 2010 (my mom), our home destroyed and rebuilt from a fire in October 2010, and just recently saying good-bye to my son as he too chose the Savior by serving a full-time mission, that make me who I am today - and I have captured so much in so few words, when in reality I could spend days/weeks talking about each of them, and numerous others that are not noted here. These life experiences are the essence that help me be the best father, husband, son, follower of the Savior that I can be - and being a Mormon is the umbrella that keeps it all together for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon not just because I was born into a family that are members, but because of things that have happened to me over the years that can’t be explained in words alone, but felt to a level that one just knows – it is what it is. The Savior’s church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has taught me correct principles over the years – principles that I believe can be best summed up in one word – charity, which is the pure of Christ – reference 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 for details. In short, our church teaches that the Savior chooses the inadequate. He honors the humble. He works through the meek. He makes the last first. He prefers broken hearts, honesty, and integrity instead of society’s emphasis on competence, vanity, and wealth - best said in a statement, "The knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest education of all." I believe our church teaches these principles, which is why I’m a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I will be honest, it’s not easy living my faith 24/7, not because I don’t want to, but at times life can deal us cards that are not always without sacrifice and/or trials – cards that are not easy to live by at times. However, I have learned for myself that great things generally are never free and/or come without sacrifice either. What has helped me live my faith can be explained in two messages given by church leaders. The first is something a past Prophet (Gordon B. Hinckley) taught, He said, "The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best medicine for despair is service. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired.” For Verily I say unto you, in as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my children, ye have done it unto me. (Matt 25:40) The second message came from another church leader who taught, “The Savior said: ‘Therefore whoso heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock. ‘And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Here is what was very interesting this time as I read these words, the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew against both houses! However, living the Gospel of Jesus Christ does NOT mean that we will never experience adversity, but rather it means that we will be prepared to face and endure adversity more confidently as we turn to the Savior.” This is how I try to live my faith one day at a time – as though everything depends on Him, and work as though everything depends on me.