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Hi I'm Neil

I'm a police Sergeant. I'm an Air Force veteran. I have tatoos and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am a Police Sergeant at a city agency. I currently supervise the traffic unit which is the motorcycle officers. I have been a police officer for 11 years. I was in the Air Force for a total of 10 years - 5 active and 5 Reserves. I am orginally from a small town in Wisconsin, but fell in love with California when I was stationed here in the Air Force. I am married to a wonderful woman and have two great kids. My primary hobby is riding motorcycles. I have recently become an avid runner as well. I will be running my first full marathon in March 2011. I also enjoy shooting, gold-panning, and look forward to going hunting with some of my ward family members. 

Why I am a Mormon

 I was raised a Catholic. I even attended Catholic school. When I was in the Air Force I was exposed to many different religions. I did not feel like I belonged at any of them. I never felt a connection with Jesus as a Catholic either. I met my wife, who was an inactive Mormon. Many of her family were still active, and shared the gospel with me in a non-threatening way. My wife and I spent many years searching for a church to call home. We were unsuccessful. My wife began attending the Mormon church again and regained peace in her heart. A few months later, we discovered her sister was going to die soon of cancer. The missionaries asked if they could come and talk to the kids about death - The Plan of Salvation. I agreed and for the first time, I stayed and listened. I asked many questions and the missionaries were able to answer them. I drove them home that evening and asked for a Book of Mormon. The missionaries came back and continued their lessons. For the first time in my life, I felt I was forming a strong relationship with God. The feeling was wonderful and intoxicating. Giving up my vices - alcohol and cigars - was easier than I could ever have imagined. I just stopped. The Holy Ghost was by my side, helping me to resist temptation as I prepared for baptism. I felt welcomed and loved at my ward. I was home. After my baptism I quickly received a calling, which I put my heart into. I look forward to Church on Sunday - something that I had never looked forward to in my life.

How I live my faith

 I received a calling of Sunday School Teacher 14-15 after only a few months. I truly love to teach and I am an instructor in many areas of my career. While the Bishop did not know this, the Spirit led him to this decision. This group had been without a permanent teacher for a long time. I am learning more about the Bible than I ever had before. Every time I prepare a lesson, my testimony is strengthened.