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Hi I'm Neil

I'm a Mormon. A husband. A father of seven children and 25 (great-as in wonderful) grandchildren. I love people for who they are.

About Me

Foremost I'm a husband, father and grandfather blessed with seven wonderful children all of whom are now married with our youngest having just married this past April. All have been married in the temple which is every LDS parents hearts desire. So far we have 25 grandchildren. During our course of 38 years of marriage we have had the usual challenges of careers, raising children and a few major life setbacks. I can say authoratatively "if it doesn't kill you it'll make you stronger" and grateful. We enjoy traveling, friends and being with family. Our seven children boast in having 112 first cousins. Family gatherings are large and fun. Until recently we opperated a family owned construction company that allowed us to travel and spend time as a family. The economy now presents us with unique challenges we look forward to tackling. Isn't life fun! We are about to launch a new company where we have a contract to restore portions of wiikki beach in Honolulu, HI. I am looking forward to spending time alone with my wife for several months on the Islands. This will be a first for us.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a practicing Mormon firstly because I was raised by parents who practiced their faith as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons). My mother had been raised Catholic-Met, fell in love with my dad, a Mormon, and married at the end of WII. She converted and Eventually they had 13 children of which I am number three. As a young man 18 yrs old, far from home serving in the USAF during the Vietnam conflict, I had a choice to make. I could either choose to follow in the ways of my buddies which was contrary to how I was raised or follow the example of loving parents. To follow in the way of my parents I needed my own conviction (testimony) of the principles taught to me in my early youth. I decided to accept the challenge to read the Book of Mormon as I had been taught that this book was the "corner stone" of our religion. As I read with a prayerful and sincere heart the truthfulness of its witness of Jesus Christ as our savior and redeemer was made manifest to me. Since that night, while on guard duty in 1970, when I undertook the challenge to read that sacred writ of scripture we call the Book of Mormon I've not looked back. I have since been the recipient of many wonderful blessings and a fulfilling life. I, along with millions of others, bear witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and the Divinity of Jesus Christ for which it is a second witness of.

How I live my faith

I presently serve as a bishop in our ward (congregation) consisting of some 560 members. It's been a wonderful rewarding experiance to serve my brothers and sisters. Though it demands much of mine and my family's time. We have gained a greater appreciation for family, friends and neighbors. Our members have participated in community service from food drives to helping renovate a neighboring congregation's meeting house. Our members go quietly about giving service to neighbors and members alike. Some serve as PTA presidents, school board members, and sit on city and county planning commissions. You don't know where these "Mormons" are lurking! We serve our families and communities not to be "seen of men" but out of love for our Savior and fellow man. Let it be said of Mormons "We beleive in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul-We beleive all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after thee things."