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Hi I'm Bruce

I grew up in a California. I have a family of eight. I love the outdoors. I'm a businessman, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a family man. I grew up in a family of eight and spent vacations visiting grandparents on the farm. Uncles, aunts and cousins were close, and reunions were always attended. My parents were school teachers. My father taught me to work hard in the yard and in the garden, and my mother taught me to study and learn. Respect, responsibility, and reverence were required. My dad loved to fish and hunt. He dragged us out of bed many times at 3:00 a.m. for fishing trips, hunting expeditions, and camping excursions. I grew up loving the outdoors: fishing, hiking, backpacking, hunting, camping, skiing. The mountains have always been and continue to be a source of pure joy. Wild places were the primary draw of my Boy Scouts activity, a tradition I've carried on with my own sons. I am a Life Scout. I started my professional career in marketing/sales. After 20 years of corporate life ending with general management, I have ventured into the entrepreneurial unknown with a great partner and friend. It will be a grand learning experience, whatever else it brings! Business has given me the chance to travel the world and to live in Japan for 3 years with my family. I love and value my marriage and family. My wife is my greatest partner and friend. My feelings echo those of a leader who once lamented, "I'm still trying to be the man she thought she married!" We have great kids who we love immensely and who make life a treasure...and an adventure!

Why I am a Mormon

I consider myself a disciple of Jesus Christ. I was born a Mormon, and I am a descendant of mormon pioneers. While some might consider this to be an advantage of faith, the truth is that all Mormons--active Mormons-- must eventually become converts. I am a Mormon today because the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings peace and understanding to me, and I have come to know the Gospel to be true and restored in its fulness to the earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the vehicle of that Restoration. That knowledge has come over time for me-not all at once. I have had many witnesses of the Spirit, and the Book of Mormon is an additional powerful physical evidence of that truth. Equally important to me, however, has been my personal experience with obedience and sacrifice. Living God's commandments brings joy, love, and peace. I have learned that lesson written in the scriptures, "...ye receive no witness until AFTER the trial of your faith." God has required that I move FIRST. When I have done so, and then invited Him in greater measure, He has never failed to bless me with greater knowledge, strength, and faith. As a teenager seeking a spiritual witness of scriptural truths, as a missionary seeking heavenly direction, or as a father humbly trying to bless and help his children, my covenant to follow Him, to FIRST be obedient and teachable, have always been pre-requisites for His greater blessings. I am a Mormon because I am first a Christian. And the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints teaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ, restored in its fulness, with the same priesthood authority of modern prophets and apostles that existed in the original Church. These truths, I believe, are evidenced and testified to by the good works of its faithful Mormons, individually and collectively.

How I live my faith

My family and my faith give my life meaning. I've learned more valued lessons from being a husband and father than from anything else, and Heaven knows, I continue to learn a lot! The Church helps me continue to focus on that first and greatest responsibility and teaches me how to do so. What God expects of me as a husband and father motivates me to repeatedly seek "a new heart," to set aside my sins and failings and to rely again and again upon the Savior's merciful gift of changing me for the better. The Church provides me opportunities to serve, to learn, and to lead. Having been called to lead youth groups, an entire congregation (as Bishop), and a "stake" (10 congregations), I have been blessed each time by the obligation of living up to my calling and responsibilities. How can one lead a group of young men unless he truly believes and lives what he teaches? How can a Bishop counsel a couple if his own marriage is not "in order?" How can a leader teach other leaders unless his humility and daily walk speak with more authority than do his words? These have been great spiritual blessings and have led me down the path of faith. My work gives me daily purpose, and for me, work is also a source of spiritual "food" as well as a means of providing for my family. As I have lived honestly and honored my faith throughout my career, the Lord has seen fit to bless me and my family abundantly, and He has protected me from the spiritual "poisons" that often erode character in business. Every time I have been generous with my time, my talents, my forgiveness, or with my money, I have been blessed by Heaven in even greater abundance. I owe all I have and who I am to God.