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Hi I'm Bruce Edward York

About Me

I am happily married, the father of six wonderful children, and grandfather of 26 grandchildren. My wife and I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2 May 1965 in Muncie, IN. Membership in the church has been a tremendous blessing and has helped me to avoid some of the problems (like divorce, infidelity, alcoholism and tobacco addiction) that a number of my ancestors and close relatives have experienced. I have served four stake missions, as a counselor to two stake presidents, and twice as bishop, in addition to many other callings. I graduated from college and have worked in Human Resources for over 40 years. I am now retired and spend many hours searching family history.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior's true church. It was restored to the earth by resurrected heavenly messengers including John the Baptist, Peter, James and John, Moses, Elias, and others. Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father appeared to the 14-year-old boy Joseph Smith, Junior, and subsequently sent these others to restore the priesthood, sacred ordinances, and other key parts of the gospel. The Holy Ghost has borne witness to me many times that there are living prophets on the earth again and that both the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon testify that Jesus is the Christ. I know that The Church is organized today exactly how it was in the meridian of time when the Savior walked the earth. It includes Prophets, Apostles, High Priests, Seventy, Elders, Priests, Teachers, Deacons, Bishops, and Evangelists (Patriarchs). As anciently, The Church is built upon a foundation of Apostles and Prophets with Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone. I am a Mormon, because living the fullness of the gospel gives me happiness. It has allowed me to have my civil marriage solemnized for eternity in a holy temple. If we live worthily, I will be able to be with my wife and children in the Celestial Kingdom, and dwell in the presence of God and Jesus Christ for eternity.

How I live my faith

I currently live in Connersville, IN and am serving as High Priest Group Leader in the Connersville Ward. I love the 17 families I home teach every month. My wife and I attend church faithfully, never missing unless we are seriously or contagiously ill. I enjoy attending family home evenings with my wife and other "empty nesters." I really try to live all of Heavenly Father's commandments, am blessed to hold a temple recommend, and strive to attend the temple monthly. I love accompanying our full-time missionaries to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I love helping anyone with their family history.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Bruce Edward York
The scriptures make it clear that we existed before and will exsist after this mortal life. We lived as spirit children of God in a pre-mortal existence before coming here to earth. We participated in the War in Heaven standing with Jehovah against Lucifer (the devil) and his angels. We were victorious and cast Satan and his angels out of heaven. Because we were faithful to Christ in that first estate, we were privileged to come here to earth to gain a physical body and to learn to live God's commandments by faith. This life is a test of our faithfulness. We will all die (our spirits will leave our mortal bodies which will return to dust). As spirits, we will have an interim judgment which will determine whether our spirits go to Paradise (where the Savior went when his body was in the tomb) or to the Spirit Prison called Hell. Eventually (the righteous during the first resurrection and the wicked at the end of the millennium) we will experience resurrection, a final judgment, and be appointed to one of the three degrees of glory -- the Celestial, the Terrestrial, or the Telestial Kingdom. Families will exist in the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom. All three glories will be wonderful places, but only those who receive the Celestial kingdom will dwell in the presence of God and Jesus. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Bruce Edward York
One can only know that it is true by studying the scriptures, praying with a sincere heart and receiving a testimony from the Holy Ghost. Taking lessons from church representatives is a good way to learn the truth about the church. Over 58,000 young men and women are dedicating 18 to 24 months of their lives teaching people interested in learning about it. Show more Show less