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Hi I'm Bruce

I love hiking, camping, fishing. I enjoy time with my wife, children and grandchildren. I'm a project manager. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S., the 5th of 6 children. I went to BYU in Provo, Utah, getting a bachelors degree in Psychology and a masters in counseling. I married my wife of 31 years in the Salt Lake City, Utah temple. We have 11 children, soon to be 15 grandchildren and live in a rural area on 25 beautifully wooded acres. Most of my career has been in the area of business development for educational technology companies, but I now work as a project manager for an emergency power equipment company in Washington state. I enjoy it because there is a lot of variety and it is personally challenging to resolve issues and find solutions to problems. I have fully enjoyed my time as a husband and father and find deep fulfillment in family life. We spend a lot of time supporting our children in sports and school activities and when we can, enjoy getting out camping, hiking and fishing. I love the outdoors and like to travel in the U.S. and internationally. I enjoy singing, listening to good music and reading good books. I also enjoy running, snow skiing, water skiing and watching BYU football in the fall.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS Church but like most lifetime members had to find my own testimony and become fully converted to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. It started with a sincere prayer as an older teenager where I wanted to know on my own if the beliefs I had been raised with were true. I spent several hours one night struggling in prayer to receive a witness from the Lord, and it came in the form of a wonderful, joyous feeling of light and love, and a peaceful assurance that I was on the right path. I later served a full-time two year mission which provided many opportunities to see how other people believed, to challenge my faith and discover more fully how the gospel can change lives and make people happier. I also observed what happens when people don't have the blessing of the gospel in their lives or don't live it--confusion, doubts, worldliness, selfishness, unhappiness and broken families. I was able to spend many, many hours in the scriptures and prayer and became grounded in the doctrines taught by the Church. I learned how to pray in faith and witnessed many miracles in the lives of those I taught and in my own life. Since those two years I have continued to be a devout member of the Church, having married in the temple, and serving faithfully in various callings as we have raised a large family. I have received great blessings from the restored gospel in my life and in my family's. Many times during any given week I feel the confirmation to my soul that this is the Lord's church and have found great joy in living Christ's gospel. Years ago we lost a 3 year old son in a fire. Our grief and pain was so intense that it seemed unbearable at times. During one of those moments, while in prayer, I received a response from the Lord that was very powerful and personal. He replaced my pain with peace and joy and an assurance that we would see our son again. I felt of his love so strongly and personally that I could never deny that He lives.

How I live my faith

Monday nights are usually spent in our weekly family home evening where we set aside time for a brief spiritual lesson or fun activity and treats afterward. Sundays are filled with participating in church worship and fulfilling our "callings" or assignments there, then a Sunday dinner as a family and time to connect with each other and relax. In one church calling I work with the full time missionaries assigned to our congregation, or "ward", and enjoy teaching people with them once a week in the evenings. In that calling I also conduct baptismal ceremonies for new converts and try to motivate other members to be good examples and share the gospel when they can. I also teach a Sunday school class on basic gospel principles and lead the music during our worship service each Sunday. Once a month my 16 year old son and I get to visit several families in our area who are also members of the Church and share a brief spiritual message and see how they are doing. My wife leads the music for the younger children during their meeting and this summer (2012) will serve as the Camp Director for the teenage girls in our ward. She was recently elected as a political delegate and will participate in meetings to help elect a presidential candidate for her party. I try to live my faith each day through personal prayer and scripture study and seeking the inspiration and guidance from the Lord in my work and family life. There are a number of times through the year where I can participate in service projects for the needy, help clean the church building or support social activities in our ward. Raising a righteous family in today's world is a huge challenge. I've found it to be so much easier with the values, standards and activities that comes from Church membership. My children clearly know what is expected of them and find support in trying to live virtuous lives by associating with other good members. The programs and examples of others have been a great help.