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Hi I'm Bruce

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Canada. By design or accident I discovered the Church when I was 42 years old. Awesome!!

About Me

Hi, I'm an entrepreneur with a small successfull commercial business. I'm 56 yrs old and I enjoy reading about and studying ancient cultures. I also enjoy searching for my ancestors. My wife and I are taking golf lessons from one of our 12 grandchildren who is very professional. We were married in a House of The Lord 8 years ago and have enjoyed many rich and rewarding blessings.

Why I am a Mormon

Hi again. Prior to my becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I was attending bible studies with my Baptist neighbours and friends. I was also investigating other churches at the time because I was curious about what they had to offer. My wife and two teen-age children were not that interested, but I was on a mission to know where and how I could become better acquainted with God or Jesus Christ. I could only hope that the truth would somehow present itself if I kept searching for it. Despair and anxiety also presented themselves but only served to strengthen my resolve to know where the evidence that I needed might be found. This mission so to speak was the third time in my life that I had undertaken to find that ever elusive source of absolute, undefiled truth. The company of believers of Jesus Christ was always welcome and with a measure of comfort knowing that people believed as I did even if they didnt have proof. The difference with me was that believing wasn't enough and would not be of any use unless I was walking the right road. Afterall what good is a compass if it's not accurate? One Day a severe snow storm hit the west coast the likes of which hadn't been seen in many decades. Being a concerned neigbour I saved an unknown person's summer accomodations from being crushed by the wieght of snow. 13 ft of it compacted to about five ft. Months later, the owner a retiring special investigator discovered my deed and invited me to build his new home. We shared many stories as we worked. After completion, he offered me a Book of Mormon. Years of disappointment left me cautiously reserved and very skeptical. I took the book, read his brief written testimony of Jesus Christ as his Savior and began a determined investigation of it's contents. Pealing each page slowly but surely revealed the priceless treasure that it is. With true compass in hand my course was set. Jesus Christ stands at the head of this church. He is my best Friend!

How I live my faith

Immediately following my Baptism and confirmation as a member of the Church, I was asked to serve as secretary to a group of Elders called a quorum. I immediately knew that it was the Lord asking by the feeling in my heart that I was going the right direction. Over the last 13 years I have diligently served wherever and whenever asked. Doing so always brings wonderful blessings especially though answered prayers and numerous I call them micro-miracles and the occassional big one. My story is truly a rags to riches one. While financially stable, my true riches lie in knowing that I'm working for The Lord Jesus Christ no matter what I'm doing. I'm currently and not surprisingly serving as the Executive Secretary to our Church Bishop and his two counsellors. I arrange interviews for members, order all church materials and like everyone else just being the best friend we can be towards everyone we come in contact with. Afterall isn't that what the Lord wants from everyone. I try to attend the Temple as often as possible and hope to eventually serve as a Temple Worker. If it wasn't for my ancestors I wouldn't be here, so doing for them what they can't do for themselves is simply doing what the Lord says in the last two verses of the Old Testament, turning my heart to my fathers and since no other religion claims participation with those verses I know that the Temple work is true. Outside of my Church callings I wear different hats of service to family members and businesses each of whom frequently call on me for assistance. One can't help but be cheerful when you know that a loving and unimaginably awesome and powerful Father in Heaven is watching your every action and noting every thought. Like clock-work I'm rarely hindered by traffic because there seems to always be the perfect space in the perfect time-slot. Another plus is hearing the perfect hymns when It seems I need them the most no matter where I am. What a great thing this church is and how it blesses us all.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Bruce
Before I became a Mormon or as I prefer, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I had always held an interest in the teachings of Jesus Christ found in the King James version of the Holy Bible. I avoided the modernized versions of the bible due to the alterations of the wording which were merely someone elses interpretations, thus rendering the teachings inaccurate. My belief in the teachings of both the Old and New Testaments was however a cautious belief until The Book of Mormon came into my life. The Book of Mormon along with the other scriptural materials available through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints not only confirmed to me that the Holy Bible was God's word, they magnified it and exalted it. With love and awe I can now embrace the teachings of the Holy Bible without the hinderance of doubt. The last two verses of the Old Testament is the Lord revealing to mankind how to identify His true church in these Latter days. Only The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has claim to the receiving of Elijah the prophet. The work of turning the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers was begun and continues through the church's family history research thus fullfilling that prophetic direction and warning which is saving the Earth and mankind from the promised curse if this work was not done. Way to go Mormons! :-) Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Bruce
The Word of God is to the spirit as food is to the body. The difference though is food can only sustain our bodies until our mortal frame expires, while the Word of God not only sustains our spirit, but will continue to strengthen it as long as we receive it on a regular daily basis. Knowledge of the truth is light and the more we receive the brighter we become. A good balanced diet of reading, studying, pondering and praying with continued exercise of our testimony and faith by works of service and sacrifice will yield a fruitful life of joy and happiness in this world and in the world to come. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Bruce
To me a testimony is having a firm conviction that certain facts of eternal significance are absolutely true. I believe that gaining a strong testimony begins with a sincere desire to grow in the knowledge of truth as it is revealed by the witness of the Holy Ghost, in that our desire is towards God's purpose for our being here. I believe that our testimonies are further strengthened when we commit ourselves to doing all that Heavenly Father requires of us, in that our eye is single to His purpose for the Eternal Destiny of His Children. I further believe that Jesus Christ is central to the integrity of our testimonies in that He is the Author and Finisher of our faith in any degree of testimony. I testify with complete confidence that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Jesus Christ's restored church on the Earth and that Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's true Prophet on the Earth today holding all the keys of the Holy Priesthood. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Bruce
The Prophet is sustained as President, Prophet, Seer and Revelator of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by every member of the church at least four times each year and each participating member knows that the Prophet is called of God. These men neither seek nor aspire to their respective offices of service, but like most members, they know that every call to service comes from the Lord Jesus Christ who stands at the Head of this church. The mantle of leadership is a very demanding calling and the person called quickly learns that it is the Lord alone who qualifies them for the work. Many years of devoted service in Leadership callings also prepares them to be ready for the Lord Jesus Christ's call to serve whenever and wherever He deems them to be needed. The Prophet and his two counsellors lead and direct the affairs of the church through prayer and inspiration by the power of the Holy Ghost. Any person or member who is in tune with the Spirit of God will receive a witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ and His annointed servants. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Bruce
I firmly believe that in the absence of a plan to save mankind from the consequenses of poor and reckless choices or sin, mankind would ultimately be lost without hope for a better future. For many people to them the former statement is already a reality because they neither know or believe that there was a plan to save them long before they were born into this world. I am eternally grateful for a mother who taught me to believe in Jesus Christ. I am grateful to the society into which I was born where men, women and children are free to seek out the truths of their origins and not fear religious persecution because they hunger for truth. I am eternally grateful for a loving and forgiving Father in Heaven who sent His Only Begotten Son into the world to save me from the consequences of sin providing I am willing to repent of all sins and avoid sin wherever and whenever possible. The many Christian churches teach from various perspectives about the Saving Grace of Jesus Christ, but in truth there is only one absolute truth and that truth is from Jesus Christ Himself who stands at the head of this His only true Church restored to the Earth, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Bruce
An example can best bring about a clearer understanding of the principle of faith. While we hope that the aircraft will carry us safely to our destination, it is faith or trust that gives us the confidence we need to embark on the journey. In this example however there is no guarantee for our safe arrival, we simply put our trust or faith in man and nature. The formula for developing greater faith or a more perfect faith requires an enduring testimony of a loving Father in Heaven and of His Son Jesus Christ and of the Holy Ghost. Combine these with a willing heart always ready to serve others will forge the necessary link to the Powers of Heaven. Add this faith to the above example and we would forever arrive safely. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Bruce
I firmly believe that the best gift a father can give to his children is to love their mother. All women from birth to eternity are beloved daughters of a loving Father in Heaven. Each is a choice spirit of the Matriarchal order and as such are entitled to all the rights and priveleges that have existed for all eternity. Each daughter should be treated with the utmost respect and when married she should forever be her husband's first consideration before all others, even before his own. The difference between Mormon women and women outside the church is in knowing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Having the fulness of the gospel as their source for truth coupled with the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost gives each woman that extra measure of support to help them make wise choices regarding their respective paths. Each is free to choose their course in life and knows personally that as they keep the gospel standards they can count on their Father in Heaven for the special blessings they will need to more fully live rich and rewarding lives in this world and in the world to come. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Bruce
In the absence of Divine Sealing Power, all marriage oaths performed on the Earth are no longer in effect when death or divorce divides the marriage union. However, when a man and a woman take upon them sacred oaths and covenants pertaining their eternal union for all time and eternity and do so within the sacred walls of one of the Lord's Holy Temples, then their marriage is in effect beyond death. Likewise, children can be sealed to their parents for all time and eternity within the walls of these sacred edifices. In addition, when worthy members bring the names of deceased family members to the Temple, the power to seal them to their respective spouses and children for all time and eternity is exercised in accordance with the due process by proxy to perform all neseccary ordinances as though they were still alive, such as baptism, confirmation, receipt of the Holy Ghost, etc. How blessed are we when we are united with our families here and in the eternal world to come? :-) Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Bruce
I firmly believe and know without reservation or doubt that the Holy Ghost is one of the three most exquisite beings in the entire Universe. The Holy Ghost is the vital third member of the Godhead who witnesses and testifies of Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. He testifies and validates the truth of all things. He knows everything past, present and future. There is not anything that can be known that He does not know. Following baptism and confirmation as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the prospective member is then presented the Gift of the Holy Ghost. This third step to completing the ordinances for membership in Jesus Christ's church by receiving the Holy Ghost is perhaps the greatest gift anyone could ever receive. Having the Holy Ghost as a constant companion and guide is a privilege without equal. I have received knowledge and instructions pertaining to matters that could neither be known or predicted by normal standards. Information that I had long forgotten had been placed before me at the instant it was deemed needed by the Holy Ghost. He has warned me of danger and by me warned others of pending danger that could only be known by Him. The Holy Ghost is The Miracle Maker, the Guardian, the Comforter and the Teacher. How blessed is the person who has the companionship of the Holy Ghost? :-) Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Bruce
Being a Mormon is the same as being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As such, we have a firm testimony of Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and the Savior of all mankind. Mormons Know and believe Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of the Father. They also believe in the Holy Ghost who bears witness of Jesus Christ and of our Eternal Father in Heaven. To me, being a Mormon is to be devoted to Jesus Christ in purpose and conduct every day of the week. For me it is an honor and a privilege to live and work for Jesus Christ and to bear testimony of His true Gospel restored to the Earth in these latter days through His chosen prophet Joseph Smith. It truly is a great honor to be able to extend to my deceased ancestors the opportunity to participate in this the greatest work to ever be performed on the Earth and into the Eternities united as families forever. Show more Show less