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Hi I'm Neal!

I'm a snowboarder, a basketball player, a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love spending time with my family, all kinds of music (listening and playing), and snowboarding. My biggest and deepest desire in life is to just be happy. These are some things that help me become fulfilled. However, above everything I am and do, what brings me the most happiness is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the way I can live. Currently, I am a missionary for the LDS Church in New Jersey and I love it! I have the opportunity to teach others about Christ, and help them gain greater joy in their own lives by having their own spiritual experiences to know that he exists and that he loves them. Not only that, but we see people change their lives and find true happiness as they change and become disciples of Christ. I have faith that I can make a difference for others around me. When I can lighten their burdens, lift up their spirits, or help them live a better life, I find happiness and fulfillment inside of myself.

Why I am a Mormon

The reasons I'm a Mormon are two things really: 1- I was blessed enough to be born into a family who embraced the religion and taught it to me and 2- Over the period of my life time, I've really come to know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true through this church. The Holy Ghost, or the influence of God helps me feel the truth of what I do. I have felt and I feel even now that this church is the church Christ set up when he was here. It was lost and has been restored through a living prophet in our days so that we can enjoy it and live the teachings of Christ in the correct way.

How I live my faith

I think the best way myself and others can live the faith we profess to know is by taking action. Helping others, and using what I have to benefit them is the way I live my life. Obviously none of us are perfect, but our actions are a strong indicator of who we are and what we REALLY believe. I have chosen to dedicate 2 years of my life to serve Jesus Christ as a missionary. We find people that want to learn about how they can be happy in life and truly understand their purpose. Doing that unselfishly helps me to incorporate Jesus Christ into the way I act. After those 2 years, I plan on staying strong to what I believe by constantly looking to serve the people around me and genuinely doing things Christ would do. I think a big part of living one's faith is by looking for different ways to learn and grow and help others around us do the same. As people enter their careers, they tend to not think about that and forget their values to compromise them for success in life. I live my faith by mixing what I believe with how I act.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Neal!
Mormons do baptisms for the dead so that the people that have not heard the gospel can accept it. Baptism is an ordinance that has to be done by someone with a body. So, a dead person cannot be baptized for him/herself. We know that after we die, we go to a temporary waiting place called "the spirit world" which is simply a waiting place until the judgment of God. In this world, people who have not accepted the gospel live in a state of sadness and lack purpose. Missionaries are sent to them to preach the gospel unto them. As baptisms for the dead are done here on earth, those people can accept it and have eternal life. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Neal!
The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets on the American Continent. Just like the Bible was written by prophets leading up to Jesus Christ and his apostles, the Book of Mormon is the same, only on a different continent of the world. Because God loves all his children, he called prophets God-sent messengers both sides of the world. After the prophets finished writing it, a prophet named Moroni hid the records up into the ground. In the 1820's it was then given to and translated by Joseph Smith by the gift and power of God. Show more Show less

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

Neal!
The Holy Ghost is the 3rd member of the Godhead. God the Father, Jesus Christ, Holy Ghost He is a personage of spirit and testifies to our hearts about the truth. The Holy Ghost, before baptism, can be felt at times by people through their thoughts and feelings, but the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost can only be achieved through baptism and confirmation in the restored church of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Neal!
Lacking authority to perform a baptism is like impersonating the police. If you don't have the badge, no one will pay the tickets or care what you're trying to do. With baptism, Priesthood authority has been passed down by ancient prophets until Jesus Christ and His apostles. However, when the people rejected the apostles and Christ, God removed his authority from the earth until it was restored through Joseph Smith by John the Baptist and Peter, James, and John by the laying on of hands. This is the same way it has always been given. Because of such a long break in the world without this authority, the people of those times used their own understanding to try to form their own churches. Many also did so to receive their own profits and make careers out of church service. Because of the absence of a prophet, there was no guide from God in these churches and a restoration was essential through Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Neal!
The Church is a non-profit organization that is funded by its members. The church never incurs debt and all the temples and churches are built with sacred tithing funds from its members. The church has a plethora of various funds established to fulfill its purposes as the Kingdom of God re-established upon the Earth. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Neal!
Of course we're Christians! We bear the name of Christ in our church. The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints is the church that CHRIST himself directs. He is the head of it and is the center of ALL things that we do in life. Without Christ, there is no chance of ever living happily with our families and with our Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Neal!
Our church previously practiced polygamy for a short time because God commanded it. As many of the saints' spouses were either killed or called off to other duties, many women of the church did not have that support in their home. I imagine that is why God instituted it. However, what is important is that if Joseph Smith was a true prophet then it doesn't matter what God commanded him, its just true. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Neal!
The church's stand on abortion is typically no. Each one of the children created are children of God. Their purpose is to come to this life and gain a body. Think about it. Gaining that body is a little hard to do when the parents choose not to raise it. Usually, to have it adopted by another couple who could serve as that family could be the best option. In cases such as incest, rape, or similar circumstances the best thing to do would be to consider in prayer what Heavenly Father wants for that couple and that son or daughter of his. One option is to give up the baby for adoption. Through sincere prayer, that couple or prospective mother can figure out the will of God for them at that time with all the available options. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Neal!
Mormons help EVERYONE! One of the main purposes of our church is to reach out and succor the poor. The church has been one of, if not the #1, biggest organization in the world as far as money spent goes who has helped with natural disasters and poured out billions and billions of dollars of aid to those in need throughout the world. The church has established program upon program to help people in need.  Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Neal!
EVERYTHING denotes that there is a God. The ways things work together. Just within our bodies. Think. Everything works near perfectly and is so complex. Our nervous system alone is so spectactular that God himself only could have created. Look outside. The trees, nature, animals, so many things to fulfill so many purposes and somehow they are all connected and work in harmony together. Coincidence? I think not. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Neal!
Baptism is the first covenant with God necessary for salvation. Without it, we cannot enter into the presence of God nor obtain a remission of our sins. So, to help others achieve those things, we baptize them. We also have to be baptized by someone who holds proper priesthood authority from God. Our church claims divine authority restored through Joseph Smith. It's the exact same power Christ used to baptize, heal the sick and raise the dead. We have this same power today and baptize new members with it. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Neal!
 It is stated multiple times throughout the Bible and the Book of Mormon that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. When Christ's church was on the earth, it was always organized "upon the foundation of apostles of prophets. see Ephesians Show more Show less