Groundhog Day holds special meaning in our home. Not because of Punxsutawney Phil, Gobbler’s Knob, furry weather forecasts, or the Bill Murray movie, but because it is my husband’s birthday. Yes, our very own resident groundhog brings early Spring to our household every February 2nd.
So, in honor of my sweetheart, I am re-running an article I wrote about him for the Saratoga Sentinel soon after he was called to the Stake Presidency November 2011.
Meet the Presidency: Reed Nef
“Whatever you are, be a good one!” was just one of the many bits of wisdom Reed’s father, Lamar, imparted to his family.
Reed grew up on a dairy farm in Rupert, Idaho. The seventh of ten children in a faithful family, he learned early on to work hard, share, be grateful for what you have, and rely on the Lord for what you don’t.
Reed served a mission in the Honduras/Tegucigalpa/Belize Mission and is fluent in Spanish and happy to show off his Belizean-Creole pigeon English to anyone with a sense of humor. He graduated from Brigham Young University (in Business Management) in 1986 and landed a job that brought him to the Bay Area that same year where he attended the DeAnza Young Adult Ward.
This is where he met Julie. The smartest thing he ever did was marry her three years later in the Salt Lake Temple. Since that time, they have had four terrific kids: Ashley, Lauren, Connor, and Landon, and have resided in the Cherry Glen, San Jose 9th, Moorpark, and Campbell Wards.
I’d say Reed’s greatest passion is his family. He is a fantastic partner: loving, patient, hard-working, who is not averse to rolling up his sleeves and helping with domestic chores like dishes, vacuuming, and laundry. He’s also a phenomenal father who plays, wrestles, jokes, helps with homework, and has even been known to pick up the same books in which his kids find interest: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Fable Haven, and, yes, even the Twilight Series (what a good sport!).
Besides family and reading, other favorite pastimes include sports – basketball especially. And he’s good! Because his arms are three inches longer than the average man, he’s frustrated many an opponent in shooting, rebounding and defense. But he leaves his competitive drive on the court. Serving the Lord is in a whole different field.
Reed’s selfless nature, kind demeanor, and unyielding integrity have led him to thoroughly enjoy his time in Bishoprics, Councils, and Presidencies. His favorite calling, however, was serving as Bishop of the Campbell Ward. Association with the ward council and his relationship with individuals and families of the ward will always hold a tender place in his heart.
The testimony and insights upon which Reed was raised: work hard, share, be grateful for what you have, and rely on the Lord for what you don’t – have remained with him and will guide him still in serving the good people of the Saratoga Stake. He looks forward to getting to know everyone, developing lasting relationships, and allowing the Lord to guide him every step of the way.
As for his father’s sage advice, “Whatever you are, be a good one,” take it from me…he is.
Happy Birthday, my darling.
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