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Hi I'm Neil Thompson

I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 21. Now, 46 years on, I rejoice in that choice. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, father, and grandfather. My wife and I were married in 1974, and we have 6 children. With 4 of our children married, we now have 12 grandchildren from 1 to 17 years old. I have been a computer programmer for 36 years, working in the dairy industry writing and maintaining mainframe (IBM assembler) and PC software (C++ and C# code). Prior to that, I was a junior high school math teacher for 8 years. I have also worked part-time as a lawn sprinkler installer (residential) in the 1980s and 1990s. My wife and I enjoy being parents and grandparents. Our happiest times occur as we spend time with our family - both immediate and extended. And likewise our ancestors are important to us as we learn about them through family history research.

Why I am a Mormon

While home for Christmas vacation in 1970, I happened to find the Book of Mormon that the missionaries had left with me about a year earlier. I started by reading the pamphlet of Joseph Smith’s Testimony, and the Spirit bore witness to me that every word I was reading was the truth. Joseph had seen and talked to the Father and the Son. The translation and publication of the Book of Mormon, and his subsequent life proved this was true as he received countless revelations from God. I couldn’t wait to contact the missionaries the next day (December 27), and on New Year’s Eve that week, I was baptized after receiving the lessons from the missionaries. The principle of personal revelation had been embedded in my soul, and my testimony of present-day prophets, seers, and revelators had begun. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland taught us this valuable lesson in October 2004 as he spoke of Joseph Smith: “His life asked and answered the question "Do you believe God speaks to man?" In all … that he accomplished in his brief 38 and a half years, Joseph left us above all else the resolute legacy of divine revelation—not a single, isolated revelation without evidence or consequence, … but specific, documented, ongoing directions from God. … We do "thank thee, O God, for a prophet to guide us in these latter days," because many of those days will be windblown and tempest-tossed. We give thanks for that morning in the spring of 1820 when the Father and the Son appeared in glory to a 14-year-old boy.” As Elder Holland mentioned, many of our days will be windblown and tempest-tossed. As a young man, I felt that most of my days fell into that category. As an example, I attended Woodstock in 1969 (a cool thing to do as a 20 year-old, so the world taught). Deep down inside, I felt that there has to be more to life than the unbridled passions that permeated that culture. As I have since discovered, the church offers every member an inspired road-map for life to help us find happiness.

How I live my faith

I spend some of my time in our church with clerical responsibilities for our local congregation. I work closely with the leaders of this neighborhood (we call it a ward in the church) that includes about 400 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My responsibility includes compiling a weekly printed for program for Sunday church services, updating and maintaining a picture directory of the ward, and arranging interview appointments with some of the youth and the leaders. I find this work to be very gratifying and love the association I have with these leaders. We have many opportunities to meet members and share uplifting church experiences with them. We have a 'lay' clergy in our church, meaning that there are no paid local church leaders, that all are volunteers. This is a great benefit to help the congregations participate in church service at every level.