Hi I'm Phil
Well, I was born and raised on the island of O'ahu in the State of Hawaii, and I have lived there for pretty much my entire life. Things have been great in paradise, and the more I'm away from home the more blessed I feel as a native of the islands. I'm a fan of mixed martial arts in fact it's the only sport that I can watch non stop. And I enjoy music that invokes emotion and reflection in life. So, that's a nice way of saying that my taste in music ranges from metal, to reggae, to Mormon Tabernacle Choir, to Hawaiian. I've started college and I've been working toward a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I hope to be a doctor one day, so that I can serve others, work the healer's art, and hopefully be a source of comfort to others. Through the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I know that I can be with my family forever, and I wait to see the day where I can be with them for eternity. The fullness of the Gospel has benefited me immensely in my life. I know that I can be empowered to do things I normally wouldn't. I know that I have a loving Heavenly Father that cares and watches over me. I know that His son, Jesus Christ, has performed an infinite and eternal sacrifice in my behalf. I know that He has a plan specifically for me, and through that plan I can experience immense joy, peace, and strength in this life and the life to come.
Why I am a Mormon
I think my decision to be a "Mormon" really revolves on two important truths. The first is my desire to follow the example of Jesus Christ. The second is my testimony of the Book of Mormon. Now I could also get into the nitty gritty of the doctrines and principles I've learned, but I could sum that up by saying that this is the only Church that has been able to logically explain and answer all of the questions that I have about God and the purpose of life. First and foremost however is my desire to follow the example of Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus is indeed the Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World. I know that he performed an eternal, supernal, and ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the world, and that through him I am capable of overcoming any form of weakness or imperfection. I also know that he established a Church in His name that was founded upon "the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone" "for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." I know that over a period of time that His Church was lost, because "the time did come when they did not endure sound doctrine but after their own lusts did they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears and they did turn away their ears from the truth, and were turned unto fables." And that ultimately, because of this falling away we were unable to fully follow the example of the Savior as taught by his Apostles and Prophets. And as I have grown to love the Savior more and learn His doctrine, I have learned that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only Church that fully allows me to follow Jesus Christ in all things, including love, charity, ordinances, and teachings. And this is the only Church that gives me the opportunity to learn everything that my Savior would have me do through His modern day Prophets and Apostles, the first being Joseph Smith, because "surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." Secondly my choice to be a member of this Church is focused on my testimony of the Book of Mormon. Within the pages of the Book of Mormon I have learned countless ways that I can be more like Jesus Christ. I have learned how our Heavenly Father deals with all of His children regardless of location. I have learned the true meaning of the atonement, that sacrifice that Christ made for us in Gethsemane and on the cross. I have learned the power of redemption. And I have learned that because God is "no respector of persons" he speaks to all of His children through prophets. I can remember the exact moment that I gained my knowledge that the Book of Mormon was true. I was in the middle of Manhattan, preparing to serve a mission, and I decided that I needed to ask God if the Book of Mormon was true. So, after reading and praying consistently each day till I had finished the Book, I knelt in prayer and asked the source of all truth, God Himself, if the Book of Mormon was true, if Joseph Smith was his Prophet, and if the Church was true. And after closing in the name of Jesus Christ, I had this powerful surge of warmth, peace, and comfort fill every fiber of my being and I knew from that moment on that God had answered my prayers, and that all of it was true. From then on I've never looked back.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer has been essential in overcoming challenges and struggles that I face one a daily basis. Through prayer I have been able to speak openly with my Heavenly Father, and I have been able to feel His presence greater in my life. There have been many times where I was unsure of a course that I should travel, and as I took my thoughts to God, he has answered my prayers with the sure, calm, and peaceful feelings that I have come to recognize as an answer. There were times where I did not pray, and I felt empty, lost, and alone, but through openly communicating with God I have developed a relationship with Him. If it were not for prayer, I would not know spiritual truths, which are the foundation of my testimony of His Church & Gospel. Prayer is easily one of the most important forms of communication that I have ever experienced in my life.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Well reasons why young men and women of various ethnicities and backgrounds pay to go on missions are varied and unique to each person. So, I can only speak for myself, but I chose to go on a mission, because I know that God loves me. I know that Jesus Christ has helped me to feel joy and peace that comes from changing my life to be in alignment with His teachings. And I want everyone in the world to experience that same change in their lives, because it will bring them lasting happiness. In short I went on a mission, because I love people, and I want them to feel God's love.
How I live my faith
I live my faith through following the Savior and obediently striving to do as He would. I may not be old, experienced, or wise, but I do know what I need to do to be more like Christ. I live my faith by not being afraid to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the source of true happiness, with others. I live my faith by actually doing, instead of merely saying. As I joined the Church, I made sacred promises with God that I would comfort those who stood in need of comfort, mourn with those who mourn, and be a living modern witness in word and deed of the divinity of Jesus Christ and the great work that is about to come forth. So, I guess I live my faith by keeping my word to my Heavenly Father and doing the best I can to be a loving person.