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Hi I'm Neil

I grew up in Utah, I live in Seattle, I'm a doctor, a husband, a mountainbiker, a photographer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 32 years old, and I'm in the last year of my Internal Medicine residency. I went to undergrad, graduate, and medical school all at the University of Utah. I'm a husband of a little more than 2 years to my beautiful and wonderful wife. She is the greatest thing in my life, and I'm so fortunate that she picked me. I love the outdoors. I love hitting the slopes for some fresh powder on my board. I love a warm afternoon at Lake Powell on my wakeboard. I love camping, road trips, great family and friends, and my therapy is hiking up a moutain and capturing a gorgeous sunset or sunrise with my camera.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 14, ninth grade, I had a lot of questions about life, it's meaning and where I could find it. I had extensive conversations with friends about what they believed and why they believed it. I struggled with my place in the world, and wanted to find purpose. Religion had always been a part of my life, and I had prayed from the time I was young, but I hadn't found answers to my own questions. As a 14 year old boy, I had a seminary teacher who challenged me to read the Book of Mormon, and to read it every day. He asked me to pray, and ask God if what i was reading was true. The Book of Mormon promises us that if we read it, and pray with real intent, wanting to know if it is true, that God will tell us. The concept made sense to me. I felt that if anyone could and would tell me for sure if it was true, that God would, and if God tol dme, then I could trust the answer. I remember kneeling down at the side of my bed one night before going to sleep. I asked one simple question. "Is the Book of Mormon true?" I stayed kneeling and waited. I had peace fill my soul. I had understanding that not only spoke to my mind, but also to my heart, telling me that it was true. It was simple. It was pure. And I've never forgotten. Whenever I've struggled, or had doubts, I've always been able to think about that moment, and re-ground my faith. Knowing that what God had told me that day, as a 14 year old boy was the truth. If the Book of Mormon is true, Joseph Smith is a true prophet, and God called him to do a great work, and through him, God re-organized his church on the face of the earth today. THE GOSPEL AND THIS CHURCH ARE TRUE!!! I do not doubt.

How I live my faith

I always tell the people that I meet that you are the only one who will take care of your own spirituality, no one else will. As a medical resident, this is often a challenge. You'll often find me walking into church in scrubs after having been in the hospital for the last 30 hours, and looking like I'm half asleep. However, I learned very early that if I didn't go to church, nobody would go for me. I also learned that I yearned to be there, and I missed it when I couldn't go. At that moment I made the decision, and promised my Father in Heaven that whenever I had the chance to go, I'd be there. At church I've worked with the youth and the adult organizations. I've taught lessons in sunday school for many years, and love being involved in teaching the gospel that I love. I participate in basketball, various service projects, and despite the constraints on my time and schedule, I regularly attend my normal Sunday meetings. I represent my faith and live my faith while I'm at work, and I always strive to be an example of what I know is true. I try to live my faith in everything I do.