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Hi I'm Neal

I grew up in a Mormon community in Idaho with parents who never attended church.

About Me

Most of my life I have lived in Southeastern Idaho where I was employed for forty years and am now retired. My wife and I have seven children and 17 grandchildren and love being with them and their families. Since retirement we served a Church Service Mission in the Idaho Falls Family History Center for two years, as full time missionaries at the Salt Lake City Family History Library for 18 months, and I served as a Church Service Mission for 12 months from my home in Family Search Support.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon community with parents who never attended church so I knew very little about the religion. A good friend and good people nearby encouraged me to attend church meetings, which I did at times. I always felt the regular attenders were much better off than my family and that it was partly because their religion encouraged them to lead better lives. When I was in my last year of college, the LDS Institute Director encouraged me to take a non-curriculum class on The Book of Mormon, and reading the book, which I had never done, was part of the requirements to complete the course. The book contains a promise made by a prophet who wrote a portion of the book, saying if you read the book and pray to know of its truthfulness, God will tell you it is true. I read and prayed as suggested and can now say that I do know the book is the true work of God.

How I live my faith

I have had many callings in my ward and stake and currently teach ward members how to do Family History for the Sunday School. I also teach the Ward High Priest group once each month and am a Home Teacher. The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints is a great blessing in my life and has helped me live a much better life than would be the case without it. Due to the teaching of the LDS Church, my family and I are free of most to the vices that are so prevalent these days and cause much unhappiness.