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Hi I'm Phil

I worked as a dentist for many years, but retired to do volunteer work for the church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Australia for my whole life, since my parents brought me here from England when I was a babe in arms. So I am Australian. I lived almost exclusively in Adelaide, South Australia. I graduated from dental school and worked as a general practitioner dentist my whole career. After serving a volunteer mission for the church in Peru South America, I returned home and married Judy. We have raised three children, each of whom served a mission in different areas of the world. They are all married, and have blessed us with seven grandchildren. . I have now retired from dentistry so that I could do volunteer work in running the Adelaide Temple. This assignment lasted for three years, and it came to a close at the end of last year. I have now been asked to give another three years and look after one of the missions of the Church. My wife and I have been assigned to the Australia Sydney Mission. We will commence this exciting period of our lives in July of this year.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 13. We had the missionaries visiting our family for many years prior to that, and I was the first in my family to become a member. The rest of the family followed within months. That was way back in '63. So why am I a Mormon still? After all those years, you would think that if there was a chink that it would have showed up. Well - I am happy to remain a member of the Mormon church because I know that the tenets are true. Life's questions are all answered, life has real meaning for me and I know that my faith is grounded in truth.

How I live my faith

I joined the church in Adelaide Australia as a teenager, over 45 years ago. I had no idea then that I was beginning a lifelong adventure. After receiving my degree as a dentist I interrupted my career to serve as a missionary in Peru. Since then I went back to dentistry and at the same time I have served in many areas in the church's lay ministry. But the way I serve the best? - I believe it is to keep the standards of the church, and strive to be a good example to all around me. I strive to do my bit for the community and also to have personal integrity in all my dealings with my fellow man.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

A Mormon temple does not serve the same purpose as our chapels. The chapel (or meetinghouse, of which there are tens of thousands throughout the world) is used for regular Sunday worship and children's, youth and adult classes and for regular weekday youth activities.Wedding receptions are often held in the recreational hall of the chapel. The temple (total count about 150) is our most sacred building. It is constructed of the best available materials to the highest standards available. The temple is used for sacred wedding services where couples (a man and a woman) are married not only for their mortal life on the earth, but for all eternity.Other ordinances, considered essential for man's eternal progress, are effected within the walls of the temple. Proxy ordinances are carried out for those unable to receive them for themselves. Show more Show less