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Hi I'm Neal

I grew up in Mexico and Argentina. I am married. I am the father of three beautiful girlies. I am a Mormon.

About Me

As a teenager I grew up outside of the United States. I lived in Mexico and Argentina. I returned to the United States in my 20's. I graduated with a degree in business and later went back to school and earned a Masters degree in business. I met my wife on a blind date. Going on that date was one of the best decisions in my life. We have three beautiful girls. We have twins that are 10 years old and one that is six. Every day they amaze me with what they learn, and how much they brighten my day. My family is the most important thing in my life. I try to provide a life for my wife in kids that minimizes economic and social concerns while focusing on the teachings of the Savior. Although our lives are average, the Lord has blessed us greatly.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 16, I was living in the country of Mexico. Life was tough. I did not speak the language and the culture was different. If I were living back home in the United States my life would be filled with driving cars, and dating girls. Living in Mexico changed that completely and I was left out of the typical teenage experience. My family moved to Mexico because my parents were asked by the LDS Church to direct some of the missionary work there. They accepted and as I was a minor, I moved with them. I blamed my parents and the LDS church for ruining my life. I had family living back home and I decided I was going to ask my parents if I could go live with them. This request would hurt them deeply as it would involve me telling them that I did not believe in the teachings of the church. My parents taught me that God answers prayers. They had often invited me to pray and receive an answer for myself that the gospel was the true word of God. I decided that I would pray one last time before I talked to my parents. When I went to bed that night, I knelt down and told the Lord what was going on. If I was to receive an answer that this was the truth, I needed to know before I hurt my parents. I got off of my knees and began to read in the Book of Mormon. I read 2 Nephi chapter 4. In this chapter, Nephi is praying to the Lord. He is also in a foreign land, and his brothers were being impossible to live with. Nephi states that he will only rely on the Lord, and that the Lord would lift him up through this trials. Nephi's situation resonated deeply with me. I felt in my heart a surety, joy and peace that only the Savior can bring. I received my answer. This gospel is true. The Book of Mormon is true and that God wanted me in Mexico, supporting my parents. Since that time, I have had many experiences that have spoken to my heart that God is real, Jesus is the Christ and if I follow the teachings of the LDS church, I can return to live with him some day.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in a way that people can see what I believe by how I act. Living the teachings of the Savior brings happiness into my life. I try to show that happiness in my interactions with people by being kind and loving. I have a great since of humor. (at least I think so). I believe that the Lord wants us to be happy and enjoy life. Goofing off and having a good laugh are a necessary part of life. The pressures of the world are already tough enough. We need to find levity in our situations and try to help others enjoy life as well. I find that I am the happiest when I live the gospel and focus my attention on my family and helping others. For those reasons, I live what I have been taught. I serve in my local congregation and have the responsibility of training the leadership of other congregations. It is a blessing for me to be able to interact with these other people and try to help them and others that they influence come to Christ and find the joy and happiness that obedience to His teachings brings.