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Hi I'm Bruce

I'm an engineer. I like to climb mountains. I'm a redhead, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Portland, Oregon with summers spent on my grandparents' farm in Idaho playing in irrigation ditches, riding tractors, starting fires with a magnifying glass, and picking fresh raspberries. Back in Portland I spent a lot of time helping my dad with yard work and remodeling. Thanks to my dad's farm boy heritage, ours was a do-it-yourself home before DIY was in style. I also loved electronics and computers. I spent the money I earned in elementary school on electronic components at the Radio Shack up the street, and I taught myself to program when I was 11 or 12. By age 13 I had started a tiny software company, and at 14 I started an internet business selling electronics that I manufactured. I've since gone on a mission to Texas, done internships at a few technology companies, graduated from college with a degree in computer engineering, and gotten married. I used to work on iPods and iPhones at Apple, and now I'm a software engineer at Google. I still love tractors. When I have a free weekend, I love hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, and canyoneering. Mt. Rainier and Mt. Shuksan in Washington are two of my favorite mountains I've climbed, and I absolutely love the red rock slot canyons in the Southwest.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it's the happiest way that I've found to live. The gospel of Jesus Christ gives me a solid foundation to build my life upon, and provides direction and guidance when I'm making decisions. I've found that I'm happier and my relationships with my wife and other people are strengthened when I try to live how that God wants me to. I also really love the community that I'm a part of. It's great to go to church on Sunday and hear from other people like me about how they strengthen their marriages or develop faith. It's also really nice to be warmly welcomed as a member of that community wherever I go, whether I'm moving halfway across the world or just going on vacation.

How I live my faith

Apart from going to church every Sunday, I spend a lot of time helping out with our church's Boy Scout group. I'm an assistant Scoutmaster for about fifteen 11-year-olds. I help teach them every Wednesday night for a couple of hours, and once a month we have a campout or other weekend activity. I like watching the boys learn and mature as they participate. There are about 80 young Mormon professionals in our area who provide free tutoring to children of all ages twice a week, and I spent a couple of years tutoring a high school student. I think it meant a lot to her that she had someone who cared about her schoolwork and was willing to spend time helping her succeed. I really enjoyed tutoring her, especially when she had those "aha!" moments when things clicked. In addition to these larger commitments, I do lots of smaller things on a pretty regular basis to help out in the church: I help set up chairs for meetings, prepare food for events, fill in for Sunday School teachers who are out of town, help people move, participate in service projects, and occasionally spend a Saturday morning cleaning the church. I like the feeling that I get from helping out.