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Hi I'm Bruce

I grew up in Utah and Idaho and spent most of my career as a fire chief. My mother was a member and my father not yet.

About Me

I am the husband of a great wife and we have been blessed with 6 children. I spent my early youth in Dragerton, Utah (East Carbon). I attended high school in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I served a mission for the church in the Netherlands. My grandparents both immigrated from there in their youth before they married. I farmed with my father-in-law for several years and began a career as a fireman by volunteering in the small town where we lived. I then began a career as a full-time firefighter, becoming the Chief of our department after 6 years and then spent 23 years of my 29 year career as a fire chief with 3 other departments. My wife and I have served 2 missions together in Russia after my retirement. We are currently preparing for our 3rd mission together to serve in Church Headquarters. My only real hobbies are my grandchildren whom I adore and love to spend time with!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this church because I have had many experiences which have let me know that it really is true. It hasn't been any single event in my life but rather the experience as a whole. Because my grandparents sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for about 50 years, I was blessed to be able to attend many general conferences and I met and heard many of our modern prophets and apostles and as I did, there was a great feeling in me that these men were truly called of God. Thankfully, during my youth I had many leaders who worked to supplement what my family taught me and helped me to learn to more fully live the gospel. One of the most important teaching of the church is about the eternal nature of our family. That has become even more important the longer I live. When we lost our youngest son in the War in Iraq in 2006, we had some personal experiences that gave us strength and support and an even firmer testimony that we can be together again as a family in our life hereafter. Understanding the restoration of the gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith has truly blessed us with a clearer understanding of our purpose in this life. And being the logical person that I am, I have always appreciated that in this gospel, no one is forced to join the church or expected to believe it is true just because someone else says it is so. We can and must receive our own personal conviction of it through our own searching and praying just as God has said we must. It has to be personal.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by learning how to serve and help other people. I strive to follow the Savior's teachings about finding ways to bless the lives of others so that they may come to know that they have a loving Heavenly Father who cares for them. Most recently we have been teaching 14-15 year old youth in Sunday School. That has been rewarding to see them develop their own strong testimonies of the gospel. It is exciting to see how much better prepared they are for the world today than I was at their age. One of my most important callings has been to visit the homes of some of our members and friends to help make sure that they are spiritually fed as well as having sufficient for their physical needs. It has also been a great blessing to travel throughout parts of the world to share my love for the gospel with others and to see the blessing that come into their lives when they too understand who God is and what He has in store for them. On a personal level, I have to always be trying to improve my own life and allow the atonement of Jesus Christ to work in my life.