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Hi I'm Neil

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. I work as a software engineer in Austin, TX, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was 19 years old I served a two year mission in eastern Venezuela. It was very hot, and the food was delicious. I met many wonderful people who have made me a better person and a better father. A few years ago my wife and I moved to Texas after we completed our studies at Brigham Young University. I studied electrical engineering and now work as a software engineer at a local automation company. I love technology, computers, and programming. I am the father of 3 very active boys. They are the life of our house. I am grateful to have them in my life, and I hope to be a good father and example to them. We enjoy playing with Legos, building cool new structures and contraptions. We love traveling to new places and exploring the beautiful outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

While my parents are both Mormon, as a teenager I decided to read The Book of Mormon and find out for myself if the book was true. When I started reading The Book of Mormon it instantly pulled me in and I found myself reading large portions of the book in only a few weeks. The spirit and power of the words changed me. I desired to have more appropriate art in my bedroom, I treated my family with more respect and kindness, and I was genuinely more happy. As I continued to read The Book of Mormon the truth of the words became apparent. Through the Holy Ghost I felt the words of the book were true. I know the Book of Mormon is true and it has made me a better citizen, employee, and man. My relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ has become stronger as I have read and applied the teachings found in the Book of Mormon. I have also come to know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of the Lord Jesus Christ. As I meet with other members of the Church I feel the spirit of the Lord and know that His power exists in the church.

How I live my faith

The church has provided me many opportunities to serve. Some of my fondest memories including working with the youth of our congregation. For some time, I was assigned to teach the 12 and 13 year old young men during our church services. They were full of energy (and often fidgety), but as we discussed the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I could see the message sink into their hearts. It has been a blessing to see these boys grow up and become strong men who will make a positive impact in their communities and their families. Recently I also worked with a church committee to plan a large food drive in our community. We were able to encourage many families in our congregation to distribute flyers in the neighborhoods around their homes. A few days later families returned to pick up the food left by many generous individuals. We then met at the church, sorted the food, and took it to a local food bank. At the same time we also assembled a large number of hygiene kits that will be distributed to the homeless in our area. It was a very positive experience to work hard together and accomplish something we could not have done individually. Many members of the congregation got involved, and it brought us all closer together. Currently, I am assigned to work with our Sunday School. I enjoy teaching, and I love working with other teachers to ensure those that attend leave inspired and motivated to do better each week. I especially like working with the three youth classes and am always happy to fill in when a teacher is out of town. I am always impressed by the dedication and faith of these young men and women.