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Hi I'm Philip Sanders

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in northern Wyoming and my wife and I have lived in Texas for 17 years. We moved from Greenville to Anna four years ago when I accepted a job to work for the City. We have seven children ranging in age from 4 to 18 - four girls and three boys. Our children attend Anna schools and the older ones are all involved in the band program. I am a history buff and also enyoy readying science fiction. I like to spend time outside working in my garden and am currently creating an herb garden in my back yard,

Why I am a Mormon

While I was raised in the LDS faith, I think I had to "grow" into a being a committed mormon. Like lots of kids, I accepted the faith of my parents, but as I grew older (like many teenagers) I questioned everything. The two things I knew with certainty were 1) that God was real and was aware of me, and 2) that my family loved me. Things began to really come into focus when I decided to really read the Book of Mormon. For me, so much hinges on that book. If it is a true book, then the faith I was raised with is also a true faith. If it is false, then Mormonism is just a nice set of values with some peculiar beliefs. As I really began to read the Book of Mormon as an older teenager, I was astonished at how frequently Chirst is mentioned. I am familiar with the common belief held by many well meaning Christians that Mormons are not Christians, but I do not believe that anyone who has undertaken an honest study of the Book of Mormon can continue to believe that. It was through the Book of Mormon that I was able to humble myself, that I was able to lay aside my self conceit, repent, and rely of Christ. Following Christ continues to be a daily struggle, but my faith lifts me and reminds me of who I really am and what God intends for me to become.

How I live my faith

Members of the LDS Church volunteer in a variety of ways within thier local congregations (we call a congregation a ward). I love teaching the most. Through my church I have been able to volunteer with Boy Scouts, I have taught an early morning scripture study class to high school age kids, and I even had the privelege of serving as the leader of our local congregation as a Bishop in Greenville for several years. All leadership and service opportunities in the Church are temporary so everyone has an opportunity to do a variety of things. I currently teach a Sunday School class for new church members and people who are just investigating the beliefs of the Church.