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Hi I'm Bruce

I grew up in California but have lived in 15 US states, three countries, Germany, Korea, and Afghanistan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My hobbies are HO Scale model railroading and bicycling. I enjoy building scale structures and super-detailing. Cycling is a passion of mine and I try to ride six days a week for a total of about 11 hours per week. My wife and I ride a tandem bike and have toured through Austria and Ireland. We have logged over 25,000 miles of accident free and excitement filled hours of unsupported touring. We have been married for over 42 years, have three daughter, two son-in-laws, and six grandchildren ranging in age from six to 19. They live close by and we have the opportunity to see them often and attend music recitals, soccer games, football games, cheerleading, lacrosse, and softball. With the older grandkids we now have Homecoming, Prom, and High School Graduations. I spent 25 years in the US Marine Corps and retired in 1996. For the next 17 years I worked on government contracts performing facilities management services. During those years we got to travel extensively throughout the world. Our best places to live were Korea and Germany. I retired in 2012 and have the opportunity to spend lots of time with spoiling my grandkids, cycling, and sharing my passion for model railroading with my grandsons.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converted to the Mormon faith when I was only two years old so I can say that I was raised in this faith. However, my parents become inactive when I was about 15. This left me to experience my own personal conversion. Over a period of several years my faith and testimony began to grow. There were times of sore trials where my faith was tested to its limit. Several years ago I had my hip replaced and all went well for a few months. But soon the pain returned, I developed problems with decision-making, disorientation, forgetting how to drive home and the security code to enter our home. I began to have problems walking and was soon confined to a wheel chair and had to be placed in a convalescent home. I was mentally and physically totally disabled. I was in constant pain and none of the doctors could figure out what was wrong with me. My thoughts turned towards suicide and I attempted to take my own life. I was suffering from extreme depression and anxiety. I begged Heavenly Father to just hold me in his arms, take away the pain, and just let me sleep. Whatever I was experiencing it was slowly killing me. After 53 weeks from the first surgery the doctors performed a hip revision and replaced the prosthesis in the femur. After the surgery the lab work showed that I had a massive staph infection and began treating me for it. It took almost a year to recover and during that time I had the opportunity to review my life up to this point. I nearly died twice; once by my own hand; and once by the staph infection. At this point in my life I realized that I had not been living the life I should have been. I realized that the trial I just passed through was the only way my Heavenly Father could get my attention and make me realize that I had only one opportunity in this mortal life to prepare to meet him. From that day forward I decided that I would live my life like each day was my last day on this earth.

How I live my faith

Since retirement I have lots of time to perform various service projects for members in my church and volunteering in community activities such as feeding the poor and homeless in the Washington DC Area. I'm involved with the Boy Scouts of America and serve on the Scout Committee as the Achievement Specialist in our church's sponsored troop. I have been called to be a Home Teacher and have four families that I look out for their spiritual and temporal needs. Two are widows, one Sister is divorced, and well as one Brother. The widows need help with house repairs, painting, gardening, and companionship. This calling has provided me with the blessings of being able to serve my fellow man and gives me great inner peace and satisfaction. Each day I spend time reading and studying the scriptures and offering my prayers to my Father in Heaven. I try to keep my thoughts clean, choose my words carefully, and thoughtfully select the right actions to take.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Bruce
No, Mormons do not practice polygamy. There are some groups in the US that practice polygamy that call themselves Mormons but they are not members of this church. Show more Show less