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Hi I'm Bruce

I am an Arizona native. My wife and I live in Gilbert, Arizona. We have four beautiful children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

It's rare to find, but I am an Arizona native. I was born and raised in Scottsdale/Phoenix. In high school is where I met the most beautiful girl sitting across from me in my typing class. Many years later, that same girl said yes to my marriage proposal, and we were married in 1984. Following high school graduation, I attended my freshman year of college at BYU in Provo, Utah. At the ripe old age of nineteen, I served a mission for the LDS church in Bangkok, Thailand. I love the Thai people, and am grateful for the opportunity I had to live amongst them, become familiar with Thai culture and history, and teach them about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Following my mission, I returned to BYU and graduated with a BS degree in zoology. I attended dental school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. I currently own a general practice in the valley. Two months before my graduation from BYU, my wife and I welcomed our first child into our home. Our oldest daughter graduated with a BS degree from BYU-I, and is currently working in advertising. Our second child and second daughter, also graduated with a BS degree from BYU-I, and will be completing her nursing degree in December 2011. Our third child, a son, served an LDS mission in Sweden. He is currently attending Mesa Community College, working towards a business degree. Our fourth child and third daughter is in sixth grade, and helps to keep me young.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an LDS home. My parents taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ and took me to church each week. My parent's example and teaching was my introduction to the church and started me on the path I have chosen to stay on, but I am a Mormon because I gained my own testimony of the truthfulness of the teachings I had been taught in my home and at church. I realized that at some time in my life, I would need to stand on my own two feet, and I needed to know if the things I had been taught were true or not. I always wanted to serve a church mission when I turned nineteen, but knew that if I was going to leave home and go preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, I needed to know for sure that the things I was teaching was true. I am a Mormon because I read the Book of Mormon, and prayed about the truthfulness of the things I read in that book. The teachings of the church make so much sense to me. My family is the most important thing to me, and the teachings of the Mormon church help me to understand and know that families have the capacity to be together not only in this life, but throughout the eternities. I am a Mormon because I want to pattern my life after the life of Jesus Christ. Even though I fall short of becoming more like my Savior, the teachings of the church provide me a road map and the direction I need to keep myself on that narrow path leading to salvation.

How I live my faith

I live my life each day trying to improve myself and overcome the challenges that life throws at me. I know that things happen in life that I simply cannot control, but the things in life that I can control is where I focus my efforts and energy. It's not always easy. I hold on to the doctrine and teaching that I know to be true through years of study, prayer, and church attendance. One thing I love about the Mormon religion is that each member in the church will have opportunities to serve their fellowman in some capacity. Service is a quality that Jesus taught, and a quality that has helped me grow as an individual. I currently have the blessing of overseeing and directing church services in the Arizona State Prison in Florence. I sit weekly with men that are incarcerated for crimes against God's children, have realized their mistakes, and have a sincere desire to have a change of heart and live a life more in harmony with the teachings of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. To witness this change of heart, and to see the redemtive power of the Savior's atonement in these men's lives is truly a faith building experience.