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Hi I'm Bruce

I live in Nebraska. I love my family, learning, and trials bike riding. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a normal guy from a small mountain biking town trying to do as much as I can each day. I love life and don't want to miss anything good. I have been blessed with a wonderful family. I have a stellar bride and 5 children. I tilt the scale a bit on the nerdy side since I actually liked school. I've spent 9 years in college...so far....but I also love active sports. As a teen I rode a skateboard, and I rode a bike through many years of college. I definitely prefer biking to driving when I can. I played a lot of team sports in high school including football, basketball and track. Although I don't follow sports on TV, I still get in an occasional game of soccer with the kids and basketball at the church. Its a great outlet for energy since I work at a desk handling international logistics. My favorite hobby aside from home improvement projects, is street style bike trials. I love the challenge of riding over obstacles like picnic tables. I love to serve people and get to do a lot of that through the Church of Jesus Christ. His life is my example. I count my blessings each time I meet someone whose struggles are different from mine and recognize how God has helped me avoid many hardships by obeying His commandments. When I follow God's commandments and the example of Jesus Christ, I am happier no matter my circumstances. The gospel helps me feel peace when I get a little too busy and guides me in finding balance in life and with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Like just about everyone else who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I was challenged to find out for myself if the church was indeed THE true church of Jesus Christ. I guess I was a bit thick headed so I first needed to know if Jesus Christ really is my savior and the savior of the world. I can still remember the time and place where I recieved the answer to that prayer. That was not my first prayer but it may have been the first really sincere prayer that I prayed looking for an answer to a question. I remember looking for a time and place to be alone and found myself in a public office building in the evening after most people had gone for the day. I actually went to the restroom and knelt down and prayed and I remember a flood of both happiness and knowledge and clarity that moved me to tears. After that, I began to recognize the Holy Spirit of God as he answered my prayers. Not all at once but over time giving me as much as I could handle I guess. The test for me was to know if God had truly restored His church through the prophet Joseph Smith. I can also recall the time and place when I received the answer to that prayer. I had been praying for about a week about that one thing and I didn't feel that I was getting through to God one way or another. I decided to fast and pray that He would reveal whether He called Joseph Smith as a prophet or not. Unexpectedly, a friend came up to me and told me he wanted to share his testimony of Joseph Smith's call as a prophet. As he began to speak, a flood of warmth poured over me as if a bucket of warm water was poured over my head. The intensity of the moment, and the joy along with the knowledge that this was God's answer came loud and clear. I have continued to learn and to get answers to prayer. God continues to watch over me and direct me. I know that by participating in the church He established I will be shown the way to become the person He wants me to become.

How I live my faith

I look at church as a tool that I use to help me live in a way that God finds pleasing. I have learned that God loves me and it is through His grace that I hope to return to live with Him. Because of that, I know that he has a plan for me. My life has a unique purpose. By the things I have learned in Sunday School and the activities that we have such as community service projects I feel I am able to put into practice the principles I have learned about helping others as Christ taught us to do. Because of the great experiences I have had as well as those of my family we make it a point not to miss a church meeting or activity. We find that investing our family time in church activities draws us close together. Even when my children and wife are in different meetings than me, I know that they are having the same great learning opportunities that I have had and will grow because of it. Churches are divided into congregations by geography. Each time I have moved I have attended a different church building but the same feeling is always there and I feel like everyone in the congregation is part of my family. My wife and I moved over 1000 miles from our homes to live in Omaha some time ago. The distance from our families has made our church family all the more important and we really appreciate how they have watched out for us and helped us when we have needed it. We, in turn, have had opportunities to help others and that is what makes the gospel meaningful for me. I see that it makes a difference in everyone's life. Especially mine!

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Bruce
I think I hear folks wondering about this more than any other question about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I live in Omaha which lies along the path where the Mormon Pioneers traveled (they actually founded the settlement (Florence) that became the city of Omaha. I think it must be because of Pioneer history that many people here wonder about polygamy. A few members of the church were asked to practice polygamy in the early days of the restored church (1800's) as did many ancient prophets we read about in the Holy Bible. However, God always reveals his will through prophets, and just as he established the practice through a prophet, he later commanded that the practice be discontinued (in 1890). The official declaration of its discontinuance by the prophet Wilford Woodruff can be read at this link: http://scriptures.lds.org/en/od/1 Show more Show less