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Hi I'm Phillip Alan

Born in California; I'm currently residing in San Antonio. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Married for 6 years to my lovely wife, Hollie. I really enjoy reading, watching old movies, and the company of good friends. Graduated from BYU in '95 and currently teach French at a local high school. My father was in the Air Force and I moved around quite a bit in my life--California to New Mexico to Virginia to Idaho--I was a real military brat.

Why I am a Mormon

Having been a member since my childhood, I have come to know for myself that the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true and wonderful. All of the philosophical questions are answered by the restored revelations of Christ through the prophet Joseph Smith. The doctrines of the Plan of Salvation and the Priesthood for me are the MOST critical, for they were found in the primitive Church when Christ was on the earth, but were lost because of apostasy and the absence of apostolic revelation. I testify that God, our Father in Heaven, lives and His Son Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of the world. It was an infinite and eternal Atonement and it will change the lives of men as they seek after the Savior, repent, submit their will to His, and choose to follow in His paths. I also testify that God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith near Palmyra, New York in 1820 and eventually raised him up to be a prophet. I testify that the Book of Mormon is true and is the word of God, and that a man who reads its words will draw nearer to Christ than any other book.

How I live my faith

One of the greatest strengths of the Church is how it becomes a true vehicle for service. There are so many opportunities to reach out to members of all faiths and service is encouraged at every age and level of the gospel. I get a chance to work with the youth and encourage them to be the very best that they can be spiritually and to improve in their education and training. Service in the Church also allows one to learn how to minister and administer in various callings and assignments. Every chance to give time and resources to those around you helps you to learn how to be more like Christ and the LDS Church provides that opportunity.