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Hi I'm Bruce

I have a Master's in Library Science from the University of South Carolina and love studying the American Civil War.

About Me

I grew up in Utah, served a 2-year Mormon (LDS) mission in Connecticut, got a bachelor's degree in history from Weber State University, and received a graduate degree in Library Science-Archives from the University of South Carolina. I'm the third of eight children; my mother died when I was three, so the mom who raised me is the one who married my father when I was five. At 23, I married but was divorced less than two years later. In March 2011 (at 38) I married again, after driving halfway across the country in 2010 to meet an LDS woman I'd fallen in love with online. We're going to be newlyweds for a very long time! We'd love to be parents but have no children right now. Our plan is to adopt from foster care in the next few years. I love history, particularly the American Civil War. For my senior thesis, I wrote a paper about the food soldiers on both sides ate, and as a graduate student, I took many opportunities to visit battlefields and historic sites in the eastern part of the U.S. I took around ten years to get my bachelor's degree, due to interruptions and moves caused by finances, health, and my divorce. Along the way, I worked detailing cars, delivering flowers, washing dishes, and flipping burgers, but I'm proud I didn't give up on my goal of a college degree. Right now, I'd love to be working as an archivist (as I trained for in my master's program and graduate certificate in digital libraries). That opportunity hasn't opened up yet, though I'm still looking.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). I can't think of any particular experience that was my "aha" moment in choosing to believe it was true--it just built up over the years. When my first wife left me, though, I was devastated and in shock, asking "Why me?" Despite my pain, I felt the love of the Lord and knew I was not forgotten by Him. This was a significant point in strengthening my determination to continue believing in the plan He has for me. Following Jesus Christ and His gospel is the only way for me to have lasting peace in this life and beyond. I have experienced the hope and the peace that His plan can provide. However, I must continue to keep the promises that I've made with the Lord to have this continue. When I fall short of my goal, repentance provides a way to get back on track. It is the gift of Our Savior's Atonement that makes all of this possible. One of the most important promises that I've made is the commitment to share the peace and hope that I have experienced. My desire to follow the example of Jesus Christ in helping others come to Him is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

When I first moved to Wisconsin, I was asked to lead the music as the chorister for our congregation. Though I played the trombone in high school & college, I'd never led music before! I found some instructional material provided by the church and kept practicing, so I know I was better at the end of that calling than at the beginning. Shortly after my wife and I were married, we were asked to take care of the nursery on Sunday. It's been 19 months since then and we're still there! Each child becomes nursery age when they turn 18 months old, and they leave the January after they turn three for the regular children's program, so our class keeps getting bigger throughout the year. In 2013, we're starting with six and adding seven more by Christmas. It's fun to see them grow. We sing songs, teach a (very short!) lesson, have coloring time, provide a snack, play with toys, clean up, pretend we're animals, blow bubbles, give hugs, soothe tears, and try to keep them happily engaged until their parents come. I am reminded each week that the Savior directed "except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3). The faith of the little ones is a good example of the faith I should have in the Lord.