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Elder Bruce Neal Westergren

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Presidents:
Oscar W. McConkie, Jr. (1972 - 1975) | Jack H. Goaslind (1975 - 1978)
Served: 1974 - 1976
Language(s) spoken:English (poorly)
Areas Served:
Cottonwood, Tucson, Tempe (Mission Office), Prescott, Douglas, Willcox
Companions:
Mark E. Brodie | David L. Bytheway | Ric Ferguson | robin william Reese | Richard Joel Sears | Kay Nielsen Thayne | Don L. Wilke
Your Occupation: Update: The folks have died. In 2009, I become a student again.
Spouse: None
Comments:
I was married for 16 years; I got divorced in 2000. No kids.

I was at BYU for a LONG time: 1973-1974, 1977-1980, 1983-1986, and 1988-1990. I wound up with a B.A. in History; an M.A. in American History; and an MLS. I started my Ph.D. at the University of Utah in 1990, but left after one semester because of cash.

Scratch that--in Sept. 2011 I hope to be entering the Ph.D. program in American history at the University of Colorado. (My fingers are getting cramps in them from keeping them crossed all the time. I mean, after 20 years, is it still possible? Do I still have a brain in my head?)

I have written one book ("From Historian to Dissident: The Book of John Whitmer [Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1995]), contributed chapters to two others; and published a number of articles. My work has also won two awards.

For those who may remember: On August 26, 1975, Elder Kay Thayne and I were in a car wreck. We were broadsided at a blind intersection by a car that was going 55 mph at the time. It hit my side of our Pinto, taking the left side of our car and crushing it into the center hump, burying me in the mess. To add insult to injury, and we got hit, we hit a phone pole. Total damages: shattered left femur; multiple lacerations of the left femoral artery; contusion of the sciatic nerve; severe head injury; two broken ribs; crushed right shoulder; damage to heart, lungs, stomach, and liver.

Here in 2008, the tally is: a left leg that doesn't work so good; arthritis; epilepsy; permanent partial amnesia; an ulcer; migraines; asthma. Oh--and I recently found out my right shoulder healed wrong and needs surgery.

As insane as it may sound, I do not regret not taking a medical release and going home. Although President G., and Elder Thayne, and all my subsequent companions went prematurely gray, the greatest experiences of my mission happened after the car wreck. In spite of the fallout, I wouldn't trade them for the world.

(Don't you DARE call the funny farm.)
 
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