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Hi I'm Neva

I'm a Mormon. I am a fourth generation Texan. I have lived in Texas all my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and soon to be a great grandmother. I was a college professor for many years and enjoyed working with young adults and adults not so young. I enjoy music of all types. I can play many different musical instruments; however, as a musician, I am a "jack of all trades and master of none." For most of my life, starting as a teenager, I have played piano or organ for the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church as a teenager in a small town that had very few church members. I was active in the church at the time, but my testimony was not strong and I was influenced by close friends who were members. At a later time in my life, I taught an LDS institute class and the Gospel Doctrine Sunday School class at church for several years. In preparing lessons for these classes, I read scriptures daily. I read the Book of Mormon numerous times, and as I pondered, searched and prayed about the scriptures my testimony grew tremendously. I have been blessed with the opportunity to visit the Holy Land--to walk in some of the places where Jesus walked. While there I heard a tour guide say something that I never forgot: "You do not have to come to Jerusalem to find Christ. You find Christ in Jerusalem the same way you find Christ anywhere--by studying the scriptures, earnestly praying, and having the Spirit witness to you."

How I live my faith

Almost all of my life I have been a church organist and I also play piano for the primary children meetings. I am a visiting teacher; however, instead of making home visits to assigned sisters, I write letters to sisters not otherwise visited. It is another way to reach out to those less active or unable to attend church. I also enjoy doing family history. I am a ward family history consultant and work one day a week in the Family History Center Library at our Stake. My husband and I have traveled extensively in the United States (and TEXAS) doing family research on our direct line ancestors; however, thanks to the internet, we now do all of our family history research online without leaving the comforts of home. It is exciting to find facts on your family and help others with their own research. After almost 20 years of looking, I once found a will written by my great-grandfather in Alabama that linked him to my grandfather in Texas. The will not only linked two generations, but also told me the name of my great grandfather.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

I believe the best helping hand you will ever have is at the end of your own arm. Being self-reliant in all areas of life is important to being personally independent. We live in a time of natural and man make disasters and being prepared for potential emergencies helps us become more self-reliant and better able to care for others in tines of need. Show more Show less