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Hi I'm Neal

I'm a Mormon. I am a convert to the Church of about 36 years.

About Me

The missionaries knocked on the door of my future mother-in-law in late 1974. She let them in and learned about the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. About a month later, she and my future father-in-law and my sister-in-law were baptized. A short time after this, she invited my then girlfriend and I to Sunday dinner and invited the missionaries as well. They told us about the restoration of the Gospel and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. They gave me a copy of the book and asked if I would read it. I told them I would. They said that I could know the truth of it if I would ask with a sincere heart and real intent and that the Holy Ghost would reveal the truth of it to me. I decided to put their words to the test...

Why I am a Mormon

I began reading the Book of Mormon. Every day I was reading it and praying the Lord would answer my prayers about whether it was true or not. One day, as I woke up in the morning, I knew that the Book of Mormon was true. I knew that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God. I knew that I had to join the Church. I knew it wouldn't be easy. My family was very active in another church and my brother was a minister in that church. However, the witness that I received was so strong that I knew I had to get baptized and join the Church regardless of the hard feelings it would cause in my family. I also had a desire to marry my girl friend for Time and Eternity in the Temple. During this time, I continued to meet with the missionaries and to learn more about the Lord's Church. Soon, my girl friend, her brother and I were baptized. A year later, we were married in the Washington Temple. Today, some 35 years later, I have been richly blessed. We now have five children and four grandchildren. All three of my sons have served missions. Being a member of the Church has given me a hope for the future and a purpose to my life. I know that my redeemer lives!

How I live my faith

I am active in the Church and have served in many positions. Right now, I teach the older men on Sunday in one of our meetings. We talk about Gospel principles and how we can become better husbands, fathers and better people all around. This "calling" helps me to focus on the things that I should be doing in my life and how I can become closer to Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father by being fully obedient to His commandments. I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve my brethren. It brings me great joy.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

One of the greatest gifts that we can receive in this life is the gift of the Holy Ghost. In the Church, we believe that the Holy Ghost is a separate and distinct third member of the Godhead, along with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. However, unlike our Father and Jesus, the Holy Ghost does not have a body of flesh and bones. Because of this, He can dwell with us. He can touch us for a time, as when we feel a warm feeling in our chest as we listen to the missionaries tell us a truth, or, if we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, as all baptized members of the Church do, He can dwell with us always, if we are obedient to the commandments and are faithful to the covenants we made when we were baptized. He can literally be our comforter when we are in a time of need and our teacher when we learn eternal truths. He can be our guide when we are troubled or in need of guidance. In short, He can be our constant companion throughout our life, if we will only do those things we have been commanded. In my life, I have felt his influence many, many times. I am especially thankful for His comforting companionship during my times of difficulty. I will be forever thankful for this gift. Show more Show less