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Hi I'm Neal

I am a graphic designer, father of two, and all-around goofball. I serve my congregation as a Bishopric member. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a graphic designer, a father of two--an eight-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl--and an incurable goofball. I've lived in Texas, California, Alaska, and South Africa, but I've spent most of my life in Utah. I love to hike, play video games--especially Just Dance and Rock Band--watch movies, draw, act, MC events, and play with my kids. I hate running, eating right, and doing pushups, but I spend a lot of time doing all of 'em anyway. I deeply dig movies, listening to music, cartooning, racing paper boats in a stream, the outdoors, gardening, food (not cooking), art museums, roller coasters, playing board and card games, hanging out with friends, science fiction, watching most sports, playing a few, and more than anything else, my wife. I cannot talk about me without talking about Shannon. We've been married for ten years, and she has literally become my other half. She is my best example and best friend. Her smile, thoughtfulness, kindness, listening ear, and sense of humor have brought me so much joy. She is my whole world. I work hard, but I'm not a workaholic. I am fun-loving, but I understand that life's not always about fun. I frequently act drunk at parties, dances, and ball games, but I don't drink. I love my Church calling, but I love my family a lot more. In short, I am a passionate, goofy, fun-loving lover of life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon for two reasons: Because living as a Mormon makes me happy, and because I know that it's true. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ, to me, is a blueprint for happy living. I don't obey the commandments and try to live like the Savior simply because I know it's what God wants me to do. I live the gospel because it brings me joy. I obey the Word of Wisdom because it keeps me free from addictions and the potential destruction of harmful substances. I obey the law of chastity because it keeps my marriage strong and frees me from the misery of pornography and promiscuity. I was sealed (or married) in a Latter-Day Saint temple to my wife because the sacred promises we made there draw us closer to each other and to our children. EVERYTHING in the restored gospel teaches me how to endure well in tough times, how to find peace in Jesus' atonement after I've sinned, how to bring harmony into my home--everything I need to find true happiness, no matter what life throws at me. Most importantly, though, I am a Mormon because I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. HOW I know is difficult to describe, but it's just as real to me as the existence of light. I grew up as a member of the Church, but like all members, I needed to learn for myself that everything my parents and Church leaders had been teaching me is true. I had been reading the Book of Mormon for many years, but it wasn't until I turned 17 that I knew it was nothing less than the Word of God. I had a powerful, indescribable, yet undeniably distinct impression from the Holy Spirit that it is true. Since then, I've had many additional witnesses from the Spirit that God lives, that Jesus is His Son, that Joseph Smith was a prophet sent to teach us about Jesus, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is led today by a prophet of God. I invite you to do what I did: To read the Book of Mormon and ask God in faith whether it is true.

How I live my faith

I serve in a Ward Bishopric as the First Counselor. A Ward is a congregation, and a Bishopric is those of us in charge of the Ward. Being a 1st Counselor means that I'm the first assistant to the Bishop, who leads our Ward. As the 1st Counselor, I have a lot of duties, but specifically, I'm responsible for the Youth program (ages 12 to 17), our Primary, which is the organization for children, our Publicity Committee, who publishes a monthly Ward newsletter, and our Boy Scouts of America Troop. My calling is a challenge, but I wouldn't trade the experiences I've had or the opportunity to serve for anything.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Heck no. I love my wife and my wife only. I can't imagine loving, let alone marrying, anyone else but her. Show more Show less