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Hi I'm Neal

I love Southern CA, the beach, listening to trance music, making new friends and eating at great restaurants. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Bio: I'm the youngest of five children, with two older brothers and two older sisters. I have the most amazing parents, and I thank God everyday for them. I love my family, and don't know what I would do without them. I am grateful for them in my life. My parents, through their example, have taught me well, and I thank them for that. My father was in the Marine Corps, so I learned early on that I would be moving frequently throughout my childhood, and that change would always be constant, in addition to inconvenient. Leaving friends and starting over brand new was never easy, no matter how many times I had done it previously. Being the new guy came with the territory of military service children. I can say that having a Mormon church to attend in every location we lived has provided the sort of stability I wanted. Although the faces were different each time, and the backgrounds of the new friends were as diverse as one could fathom, it was comforting to know that I would be able to find people who shared my beliefs, ideals, and standards, no matter where I would have to move to. About Me: I love cars, inboard ski boats, going to the beach, listening to great music (at levels that I probably shouldn't), being healthy, working out, and learning new things. I'm in law school.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because I made the decision that I would be, early on in life. Many people, such as myself, may have been brought up in the church, or born into the church, which is something I will forever be thankful for. However, knowing for oneself vs. being born into any sort of religion, is a completely different story. There came a point in my early adolescence where I really wanted to know if what I had been taught was something I knew, for myself. I couldn't rely on what other people said anymore, so I made the decision one day that I would come to know for myself if The Book of Mormon was indeed true, as I had heard many people say that it was. What did that mean for it to be true? That's fine and all that people said it, but so what? What does that mean to ME? It just wasn't connecting all the way. So, I remember being given a challenge to gain a testimony, or personal knowledge that comes through the power of the Holy Ghost. This was when I was 14 years old. I figured, "Sure. I DO want to know if this is for real, or not. I DO want to know if this is for me." The way I gained a testimony was not something grandiose. It was simple. It was pure. It was divine. And it came because I desired to know if in fact, The Book of Mormon was true, and if Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. It came through a sincere prayer to my Heavenly Father. I know, because of this experience, and through the power of the Spirit, that God does hear and answer his children's prayers. You can literally feel it. It's hard to describe, but you know it when it you feel it. I know Heavenly Father loves me, because He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die for me. I am forever grateful for His Atonement. I know He lives. I know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ, which He leads through his living prophet today. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The peace that I feel as a result of living the gospel means more to me than anything the world has to offer.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing the little things every day. Maintaining a relationship with God requires work and effort, and to stay close to Him, I do three things consistently. The first is daily study of the scriptures. They contain the word of God and have brought me indescribable peace and comfort in my life as I have made them a part of my daily life. It is always a reminder to me about where I can turn to find answers to the questions I have in life, about problems or issues I am facing. The second thing I do is daily prayer, at least twice a day (morning & night). I have come to know and believe in these things because of direct, unmistakeable answers to prayer. I know that prayer is the way we can talk with our Heavenly Father, and that He is listening! I have no doubt in my mind He is there. He communicates through the Holy Ghost, or the Spirit. I know by listening to the Spirit I have been able to follow a path and make decisions I would not have been able to foresee on my own. I love Him for His guiding hand in my life. Lastly, I make it a priority to worship every Sunday by attending church. Since I am single, I attend a Young Single Adult (YSA) congregation, called a "ward", where other singles between the ages of 18-30 attend. The time I get there is a time for renewal, to set aside the things of the world for one day, and draw closer to Heavenly Father. By partaking of the Sacrament (or communion) each week, I am able to be cleansed and renew the promises I made to God when I was baptized. This is why Sabbath Day observance is so important to me, because it strengthens me. It allows me to get re-charged spiritually for the upcoming week, and is a time to learn more about the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The teachings are divine, because they are true. Not made of man, but revealed to him through a living prophet today. I can think of no other place I would rather be on a Sunday.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Absolutely! God is the same, yesterday, and forever. Why would He change his pattern for teaching his children? God calls these men, gives them the authority necessary to teach His children, and they have spoken His word for him. Curious to know what the living prophet and apostles are saying today? Check out www.lds.org/ensign and read for yourself. Pray to God to know if what it is that you are reading are in fact the words He would have these men, called of him, speak to us today. Put it to the test. Show more Show less