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Hi I'm Neil.

I was born in Germany; raised in England; emmigrated to Canada then the US: I'm a veterinarian and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always loved animals and was able to obtain my dream of becoming a veterinarian in England. Soon after graduation I met the missionaries through a street contact and began taking the discussions. Following my baptism I met my wife through the church and after we had both served missions we married in the temple for time and all eternity. We have been blessed with 6 children, born in 3 countries and have always enjoyed the family centered values the church promotes. I enjoy the simple pleasures of life: hiking, classical music, poetry (reading and writting) and birdwatching; I am currently learning spanish following a spiritual prompting and hope to be able to use this to help build the church in the future. My wife and I are looking forward to a couples mission in the next 10 years.

Why I am a Mormon

All my life I have wanted to know God. My parents were good people but not church goers and I did not receive a religious training at home. In my early years I had several experiences that kept me searching for the truth, although I didn't know where I would find it. During my years at college I began attending Christian Union meetings and as a result I visited several different churches and revivalist meetings. Always I had the same experience: I would feel proud of myself for showing God that I was trying to be commited but on my second visit to the same congregation I would feel empty and out of place. After graduating as a veterinarian I found myself away from home in a strange city and one evening ran into two Mormon elders. I was still serching for God; they were searching for the honest seeker - and so I began taking missionary discussions. During my first visit to church I attended Sunday School and the teacher quoted the Saviour when he said, "Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God". At that moment I heard/felt the Holy Spirit whisper to me, "You need to be baptized and they have my authority". From that moment I knew I had found the truth and asked to be baptized. The second time I attended the LDS church I felt even more at home; indeed I had come home; my journey was over. Since that time my testimony has grown. It matured greatly during my mission and subsequently through the many callings I have held in numerous Wards and Branches I have attended. Ours is a church of service; we have no paid ministry and as such everyone is expected to help. I have taught sunday school; been on youth camp outs; organized banquets; weeded gardens and presided over congregations. I have cried repentance and have taught prayer, and through it all has come the abiding testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet; the Book of Mormon is the word of God together with the Holy Bible and above all things Jesus Christ is my Saviour.

How I live my faith

Every call to serve that has come to me has been a blessing in my life. The most important call has been as a father and husband. Nothing else that I do will ever transcend the work that I do at home, but my service in the church teaches me to do better where it matters most. Whether teaching a sunday class; presiding as a Bishop in the church; doing secretarial work; working as a missionary or helping the primary children I find joy in the work of the Lord. My callings have brought out talents that I didn't even know that I had. Our unique health code of abstaining from tea, coffee and alcohol has brought improved health. Paying ten percent of my income as a tithing may not seem to be a benefit, but God has been faithful to his promise to prosper me if I obey this law and one of the ways that I have been prospered is through attendance at the holy temple where my wife and I were married for time and all eternity. I deeply love my wife and the prospect of being together forever becomes increasingly sweet. The church encourages its members to search out their ancestors and compile their family tree. We do this so that we can be certain that those that have lived before us and are so dear to us may also have the opportunity to have their marriages sealed for all eternity. Truly we work so that families can be together forever.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Neil.
Only in the family can we truly understand the nature of God: as children we watch our parents and in their example hopefully we see a loving relationship; shared commitment and feel, despite all the normal frustrations of daily life, unconditional love; then as parents we watch our children, we weep with and for them, we rejoice with them in their triumphs and we learn to be patient, kind and loving. Indeed they bring out in us all the best Christian virtues if we love them as the Lord would have us love. Family is the breeding ground of all the noble Christ like virtues. Show more Show less