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Hi I'm Phil

I grew up in Utah, USA. I returned from a 2 year Mormon mission to the West Indies in 2007, and now I attend university.

About Me

I live near mountains, and I love taking advantage of that. I hike a lot in the summer and love to camp. I also snowboard in the winter when I can afford it. I finished an associate's degree in speech communication at the local community college, and now I have transferred to the local university to pursue an economics degree. I come from a large family of seven children. I am single, but ready to settle down when I find the right woman. I love kids, and can't wait to have my own with my future wife, and through adoption.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, and began developing a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ at a young age, but like most children in religious families, I mostly just believed what my parents believed. When I was 14 years old I began attending the church's seminary program (which is intended for all of the church's youth), and began to gain a testimony based on my own experience and study rather than my parents'. I developed a great desire to volunteer as a full-time missionary, and share with other people the happiness I had discovered by living the Gospel. I love my savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He not only lived a perfect life and died to save all mankind from our sins, but that He was resurrected and truly lives today as the head of His church. I know that He guides and directs a living prophet whom He has called as His mouthpiece on Earth today. I know that I, being a sinful man, can be forgiven of all my sins by following the teachings of my Savior, and relying on His Atoning sacrifice, and in no other way.

How I live my faith

First and foremost, I try to be consistent with the basics: studying the scriptures, saying meaningful prayers in the morning, at night, and throughout the day – this can be as simple as a quick, silent prayer to travel safely to work – and attending church each Sunday to enjoy fellowshipping with other members of the church, and to be uplifted. Doing the basics is an enormous source of strength and happiness for me. Sometimes I get apathetic in my scripture study and prayer, and don’t realize the affect it has on me until I renew my commitment to being faithful in these things. I try to emulate Jesus Christ wherever I am. If my co-workers, friends and classmates don’t know I am Christian, or even Mormon, without me having to tell them, then maybe I need to change the way I act or speak around them. Not because of a “holier than thou” attitude, but because I want to "be…an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity," as we are admonished to do in 1 Timothy 4:12. I am not always successful at this, but I try to be better each day. Some days I accomplish this goal, and others I don’t. The great thing about the Gospel is that when I experience setbacks, the Lord is there to help me get back on track, no matter how many times I’ve messed up in the past.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

The first time the missionaries visit they will likely begin with a discussion of various foundational principles of the Gospel and the church, such as who our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are, the role of the Holy Ghost, the pattern God follows of calling prophets to guide His children on Earth, what the Book of Mormon is, and how to find out for yourself if their message is true. However, if you have specific questions about the church and its teachings, they will be happy to discuss those questions as well. Show more Show less