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Hi I'm Phil Pennington

I am a family man. I love to read. I love to run. I love family history. I enjoy others. I am a microbiologist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the beautiful state of Oregon. I left Oregon for 2 years to represent the LDS church as a missionary in Santiago Chile. It is easy to love the Chilean people. I come from a family of four older brothers and one younger sister. My mom and dad taught us how to work. We now all live in different areas, but love to join together at special times. Each of our families have had their share of life's challenges, but have relied on one another for strength. My wife and I just enjoyed our 17th year anniversary. Though we feel that we are still teenagers in love, our oldest of four is now ready to begin driving and even dating, himself. I have too many interests for the free time available. The scientist in me has a lot of questions to find. A future personal lab may help to explore my microbiology questions. Family history is another area where I could spend hours. I also enjoy the study of great men and women and love to read their biographies. Having a family today is not easy. It is a daily challenge to guide our children through the choices that lay before them. Their personalities perceive the world slightly different and we often struggle as parents to add to their perspective. Often our family will enjoy activities together or in support of one another in school events. Our life is now in Arizona and is a good one. We often have car breakdowns, tight schedules and home repairs, but keep a bright outlook on the good things that are yet to come.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were baptized into the faith, at different times before their marriage. They then began to raise their family using the principles taught in the gospel. Growing up in this atmosphere allowed me to see the benefits of applying good principles to family life. I decided in my later teenage years to continue with this faith once I found for myself that these gospel principles were applicable to my life. I remember being on a camping trip in the Blue Mountain Range. I brought along a copy of the Book of Mormon. Many already know that the Bible's message is true. I wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was also God's word. I needed to know more for myself of it's message and story. During this hiking trip, I spent a great deal of time reading through it's pages. During the hike I would think on it's words and message. In the evening, when I would stop to camp, I would take the time to pray to God to know if these were His words and if the book was of divine origin. The feelings that I felt during the trip were similar to the feelings explained in Galatians 5:23, specifically peace and joy within. I then knew the Book of Mormon was another testimony of Jesus Christ, supporting the message of the Bible. I look back now after the many years that have passed since that trip and recognize what a blessing it has been to have felt that joy and peace. I still use the same pattern in finding out answers to life's big questions. I study, I ponder and pray to God. The feelings of peace and joy are the guidance that I need to know if I am on a good path. I am no more important than any other and feel others too can find out answers to their sincere questions.

How I live my faith

Our family becomes very involved in church and community events. We love to be a part of good activities. Currently, there is a goal within our community to support the National Day of Service by giving service to the Save the Family Foundation. Our intention is to give a hand to this great organization. I feel it is vital to instill within our children the need to think outside of themselves. The Savior taught, "...and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." Currently, I serve and help others as a Bishop. I love my congregation. They are imperfect, but good people who love to serve others. They often do so, even when they themselves are facing challenging moments. As a Bishop, I am able to spend much of my time with the youth in the congregation during youth activities and trips. Three of my own children participate within this youth group. My children in addition to all of the youth are taught by several others adult leaders who are a part of the congregation. These leaders are willing to spend their time in support to youth of the church. Their only benefit is knowing that the youth are more emotionally stable, better equipped and confident in moving forward in life.