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Hi I'm Bruce

I am an instructor of human anatomy and physiology. I love teaching. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Besides teaching sciences at a college I enjoy wood carving (I have won several awards), and doing political cartoons of our city politicians. I have five kids and two grandchildren.. so far! When I have the time I love hiking and biking.

Why I am a Mormon

My family line on my father's side have been Mormons for many generations. But my mother was of a Protestant faith. I grew up in isolated communities where the church was not available. When I was a teenager I came into regular contact with church members and my friendships grew. It became natural to follow in the faith I was exposed to, but, like everyone, there comes a time when you have to decide and know for yourself if what I was following was really for me or not. Through study and prayer I came to know that I was on the path I should be on. Having grown up somewhat without the church around me or my family has allowed me to see from others' perspectives what they may wonder about my faith. I understand that there are great people in all faiths and we have more in common than how we differ.

How I live my faith

I feel it's important to contribute to our communities so I am involved in several community activities. As well, I serve in our church. Presently I am the bishop of our local congregation. That's similar to a minister in other faiths. But I do this after work, so my evenings and weekends are pretty full. I have picked up some Spanish as we have many Spanish families moving into our area. This has been a very rewarding experience getting to know wonderful people of other cultures. I find you always gain more than you give when serving in your community.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Bruce
I served a mission in Quebec. I definitely have found this to be a rewarding experience as I learned of of other cultures and faiths. A mission broadens a young man or woman's understanding of their own faith and others' as well. A mission makes young people grow up fast and become independent, deeper thinking, self relaint and better at communicating with others. It definitely was not two years wasted. Three of my sons and one of my daughters chose to serve missions as well. Their experieinces in Peru, Kenya, Australia and Oregon have all had similar effects on them as I had. One of my children chose not to serve a mission and that is fine too. A mission just gives an extra boost to maturing and becoming productive members in society. Show more Show less