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Hi I'm Philip Volmar

I'm a marketing & PR pro. I'm a husband. And because I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently I'm interning in New York City. The East Coast is so new to me. I love that everyone uses public transportation here. And I love that New York is in the center between Boston and Washington, D.C. because I love to travel. I'm still in college, but one day I hope to have a family and take them to the places I travel. I am starting my career soon, yet I know that as important as work is in life, I also know that the purpose of life is to have joy. And I find joy out of my job, my family, and my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Like lots of Mormons, I grew up going to Church because my parents raised me that way. After all, Latter-day Saints are known for having strong families. But when I got older, I started to question things for myself. Before I went on a mission -- wearing that black nametag and white shirt you've probably seen my peers do -- I had to find out that what I grew up believing was more than just a belief. I prayed very hard, asking God for truth, just like the Bible says you can. When I read the Book of Mormon through and through for the first time, I felt in my mind and heart that it was true. Now, a lot of things in life can make us feel good like that, so how did I know that this was my answer from God? Well, the Book of Mormon is the only religious text that actually has a promise from God to the reader that they can know it's true by praying. So when I felt the Holy Ghost when reading it, I knew it wasn't just "another good book." It's true. Jesus Christ does live. And that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The Mormon religion is a very practical one. I don't believe God gives commandments unless there is a good reason to keep them. So things like keeping the Sabbath Day holy means more to me than just going to church on Sundays. It means I rest from my usual interests like traveling, reading the news, or going to sports games. Instead, I try to spend time with family, read inspiring stories, and serve others. I find that if I do that just one day a week -- on Sunday -- that the rest comes back to me sevenfold throughout the week. I'm more alert at work. I'm kinder to my friends and family. And I have more energy on Mondays. That's just one way I think the LDS Church is so practical.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Philip Volmar
Mormons go to work like you do. They have weekend excursions like you do. And, yes, they have to pay bills like you do! But we also are very devout in our faith, to the point where being a Christian isn't just a Sunday thing for us. Everyday, my faith influences me. If you want an example, maybe you'll know why I still go to happy hour with my co-workers, but I order a non-alcoholic beverage. You'll also know why I willingly give back 10 percent of my paycheck to the Church. And you'll also know why I remain chaste before marriage and will have complete fidelity after. These are all parts of keeping God's commandments. And they bring me peace in a chaotic world. But the biggest way my lifestyle is influenced by my Church, however, is by knowing that with all my imperfections, weaknesses and mistakes, I am still worth a whole lot to God. And that gives me power to make it through every day. Show more Show less