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Hi I'm Neal Scheel

I am from Utah but have lived in Georgia, Germany, and Canada. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful wife and we have 7 children and 18 grandchildren. One of my favorite things to do is to play with my grandchildren. I love to travel and see and experience new places and meet new people. I have traveled to Europe and the Middle East many times and have been to most of the states and provinces in the United States and Canada. I also love nature so I do a lot of hiking and backpacking into the mountains as well as fish in clear mountain lakes. Another interest is doing family history. I love finding information about my ancestors that help me to understand myself and who I am. We all leave a legacy and I will be leaving mine through the journals that I keep. Perhaps my posterity will know me through my journals and personal history.

Why I am a Mormon

The simple answer is that I’m a Mormon because the gospel doctrine in Christ’s restored Church rings true for me. It hinges on one doctrine in particular, the plan of salvation. The fact that I have the opportunity to once again live with my Father in Heaven gives me great comfort. I believe that all other principles and ordinances are in support of this one belief. Let me explain. I see the plan of salvation being similar to the trunk of a tree. It supports the branches and grows, always reaching heavenward, just as I should be doing. The roots were planted in that great council in heaven of which we were all present, letting me know where I came from. Just like the tree receives nourishment from three things: water, sun, and nutrients from the earth, we also receive our spiritual nourishment from three personages: God, the Father; His Son Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost. All other principles and ordinances spring from, as well as support the plan of salvation, just as the branches of a tree spring from, as well as support the trunk. A few examples illustrate this. The repentance branch can keep us on the straight and narrow path. That, coupled with the Atonement branch, can lead us to the ultimate goal of the plan of salvation. The reading scriptures branch gives us the information we need to be doing to live our daily lives. There is also the baptism and temple ordinance branches that provide the ordinances we need to reach a place in the hereafter that our Father has prepared for us. The missionary branch helps others to find the same joy in the plan of salvation that I already enjoy. So, why am I a Mormon? I am a Mormon because: I know where I came from before this earth life. I am a Mormon because: I know why I am here on the earth at this time and what I must do. I am a Mormon because: I know I have the potential to be able to return one day and live with my Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I have held many callings in the church, but my favorite callings have been the missions I have served for the church. I have served as a host for three years at the Conference Center in Salt Lake, giving tours to people from all over the world of that magnificent building. I also served for eighteen months working at the Church History Library cataloging documents received by the Church History Department. Reading about other peoples experiences, whether recent or from many years past, has helped my testimony of the gospel grow. I served two full time missions with my wonderful wife, the first one for eighteen monts in Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada and the second for twelve months in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, Canada. I have come to love the people of Canada very much. I have tried to live the life that the Lord Jesus Christ would want me to live, and be a good example to all that I come in contact with.