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Hi I'm Bruce

I was born in Arizona but grew up in So. California. I have traveled to all six inhabited continents of the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in So California where I ran track and played basketball for my schools. Between my Freshman and Sophomore years in college, I served a 2-year mission in South America (where I learned the true meaning of "football" from the wonderful Brazilians!) Upon my return, I relocated to Arizona where I met my wife of 31 years. (We met while singing at a mutual friend's wedding.) For the past 26 years, I have worked for a global consulting firm which has taken me to many international cities and six continents. I have five great kids who are now on their own, leaving my wife and me "empty nested" in a home that seems much larger than it once did. I enjoy photography, musical theater, and good food...especially when it is cooked at home.

Why I am a Mormon

During the Korean war, my father, a navy serviceman stationed in Hawaii, joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was a sobering decision for him, as he knew that should he find the true church of God, he would dedicate his life to its principles. In an extraordinary turn of events, he met a young woman as he attended church while on shore leave in San Diego. She would later become my mother. From my earliest age, I learned to pray. I learned that my parents' religion and faith defined them and I knew that they had dedicated their lives to their Heavenly Father. As I grew older, I learned more and more about the doctrines of the Church. I believed my parents and I trusted them, but as a young boy, I leaned on their faith as a proxy for my own. When I was in 9th grade, my father took me aside. "Son, there will come a time when you will need to know for yourself that what you believe is true or not. You must determine this on your own." At this time, there was a great revival of religious debate in So California. As I entered into these discussions with my friends, I realized that there were many interpretations of the Bible. I knew what I believed, but I didn't know if it was the church and doctrine that God wanted me to know and follow. I remembered the words of my father and read the Book of Mormon for the first time. I also read the New Testament twice. I recognized that I wanted to know and follow the Savior Jesus Christ with all my heart. And so, one night, I opened my heart to God and asked him straight up: "Is the Church of my parents your Church? Is the Book of Mormon true? Will I draw closer to the Savior if I follow this path?" My answer came quietly and with certainty. And for this reason, I chose to remain a Christian, in the Church that bears His name: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is made up of faithful volunteers who perform their duties without any pay. As a life-long member of the Church, I have had wonderful opportunities to grow while participating in church activities. Among my favorites has been being a Scout Leader where we would undertake a 50-70 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail each year. Some of my fondest memories with my boys are from these annual trips in the wilderness. Another great blessing in my life was being able to lead a 50 person choir for two years. Wow. Nothing to compare with standing in the middle of heart-felt voices singing hymns and the music of Easter and Christmas. I have found great blessings in the brotherhood that exists in the leadership bodies of the Church - Men who lead out of compassion, expecting no gain and receiving no reward. What wonderful men and women! My wife and I have now shared 31 years together, having reared our children in the manner that we were taught. Now, my children have their own kids and they are teaching their toddlers how to pray, that their Heavenly Father loves them, and how to achieve happiness through following a loving Savior. They are little, and they don't always get it, but they know, as did I those many years ago, that the faith of their fathers leads to happiness. And one day, they will learn, as I did, that they can know for themselves if it is true or not, independent of any man. For God answers prayers and will answer theirs, when they ask. I am so glad that my father took the first step and changed his life. This, in turn, has affected other lives. As I now try to live my life after the pattern that was set, I have found great happiness. My children have been blessed. We are able to deal with life's challenges and feel the love of our Savior on a regular basis.

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

Bruce
Simply put, Yes! The Bible is the Word of God and we love and study the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. As a young man, I read the bible before reading any of the other scriptures available to us. I was deeply moved by the words of the Savior, the writings of Paul and Peter, and those of the brother of the Savior, James. I related to Peter who walked a few steps on water before losing his confidence. How I love Paul's writing to the Ephesians, a righteous group of Saints who wept as he, their beloved apostle, had to leave them. And then the Old Testament - Father Abraham who received the covenant of God that through his loins the Savior would come. Wonderful Joseph (son of Jacob) who remained true to his faith and forgave his family of many wrongs. Moses who spoke face to face with God and became the instrument of salvation to thousands in bondage. It is with great love for the Law and the Prophets, the ancients of Israel, and the fishermen of Galilee that I declare to all the truthfulness of the Bible record. It is a testament that Jesus is the Christ, the living Son of the Living God. As a Christian, I believe its precepts and declare my knowledge of its truthfulness, as I do all of the Holy Scriptures available to members of Christ's church. For it was John himself declared: "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written." Show more Show less