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Hi I'm Neil

I was born in Brisbane and have lived here all my life. I'm married with seven children, I'm an accountant and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First up I am a family man. I have a fabulous wife and seven children and four grandchildren. I suspect we will have a lot of grandchildren. Everything I do revolves around my family. As a 23 year old I decided that I needed to go back to school so that I could qualify to go to university. I went to night school, university, got married, had children, studied post-graduate, professional-association exams. 14 years later I had my bachelor degree and CPA qualifications. I probably should have studied harder at school. I now have my own small accounting practice that keeps me busy. I love spending time with my family. Four of our children are married, two are serving missions for the church and one is living away from home but close by. I find great joy in having my family around me. We endeavour to do a lot together. Any and all interaction with them brings me peace. I am also a sports fan. You could say that I enjoy almost all sports but particularly I love Rugby League and Basketball. Gone are my playing days but I enjoy the thrill of being at the games whenever I can. I do get a bit excited and noisy at times, especially around State of Origin time. I am a Queenslander!!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 16 and 17 I had several experiences that led me to know that God lives and that He answers prayers. Even the prayers of kids. I learned that God interacts with us, His children and is ever ready to help and guide us if we take the time and expend the energy to get to know Him. Through the teachings of the church we know where we came from. We know why we are here and what is the purpose of this life. We also know where we can go when this life is over. One of the most beautiful doctrines of the church is that families can be together forever. It is a great blessing to know that with my family there is no 'til death do you part' but that these relationships can continue into the next life. This knowledge affects how I live, and the decisions I make each day and the kind of person I try to be. The church encourages us to study the scriptures every day and to pray every day. Through these activities I have come to know that Jesus Christ is my saviour and that He is the saviour to all mankind. I know that He is the son of God. I know that He not only died for us but that He took upon Himself the sins of us all. For me that means if I repent of my sins and follow His example then I can go back and live with Him and my Heavenly Father when this life is finished. I know that Jesus Christ was resurrected and lives today and that He guides the church today through a living prophet. It is very comforting to know that we have a living prophet on the earth today. It is a challenging world we live in and many of God's commandments are being challenged and watered down by our society. It is great to have the clear-sounding voice of a living prophet to give us direction. Revelation is one of the things that is different about our church. I believe that God talks to his apostles and prophets to direct His church. I also believe in personal revelation. That God will talk directly to us by the Holy Ghost through prayer. By this power we can know the truth of all things.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to live like the Saviour. I try to be a good husband and father. I try to treat others kindly and try not to judge. I try to be good neighbour. I try to be honest in my business dealings with people. In our church there are no paid clergy, so we all have opportunities to serve in different ways. I try to work hard at whatever I am asked to do and give whatever time is necessary to do it the best I can. I try to improve. I have many weaknesses and shortcomings but I try to improve, to get better as time goes on. I try to eliminate bad habits and replace them with good habits. I attend church every week and I read the scriptures every day and I pray every day. Living my faith is not a ‘one day a week’ thing. It is less about what I do and more about who I am trying to become.

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

With all my heart I believe it. It is a great comfort to me to know that God has a prophet on the earth today to guide and lead us. Show more Show less