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Hi I'm Phil

I have a wife and son. I teach English and English as a New Language. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have a baby boy, and I just started teaching English and English as a New Language. I enjoy cycling in nature and playing music, particularly piano and guitar, though I enjoy dabbling in ukulele, saxophone, harmonica, and other instruments as well. As an English teacher, I love reading of course, and I'm currently working through some classics (The Count of Monte Cristo), some nonfiction (The Social Animal and Brain Rules), and some education books (The Global Achievement Gap and Teach Like a Champion). I love doing anything with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, but when I was seventeen, I was reading a lot of philosophy and becoming pretty confused about life. I remember feeling exasperated one night and praying for quite a while just to know if anything or anyone was out there. My answer came in simply experiencing an overwhelming sense of love and feeling that I didn't have to know the answers to every single question about life and the universe at that time - I just needed to know that the Lord had set up an organization on the earth, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and that I needed to be a part of it. I've been having that feeling ever since as I've invested my faith and time in the restored gospel, which is why I know it's where I need to be. I served my 2-year mission in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas, and that experience further strengthened my testimony of God, Christ, and the LDS church. Today, I continue to be an active member of the church, serving in the young men's organization, because I just feel the gospel in my bones. I just don't know how else to put it. The gospel has brought so much joy, clarity, and motivation to my life, and though it asks a lot of me as well, the returns are always far greater than the sacrifices. God and Christ's love continue to inspire and guide me to this day. I know this is where I should be.

How I live my faith

None of the positions in the church involve payment of any kind (not even the bishop receives anything), and my calling is currently with the young men. I teach lessons on Sundays and have activities with the boys on Wednesdays. As part of this calling, I'm also a Varsity Scout Coach, which is part of Boy Scouts of America. For this upcoming year, we've planned to complete a triathlon, prepare for and complete a caving adventure, participate in water sports, and learn about different kinds of firearms. The boys always keep me hopping and busy, and it's usually a barrel of laughs. Interestingly, I'm also the school teacher of a few of the boys, and I'm grateful for that opportunity to get to know them better. I know that influencing the next generation is of paramount importance, especially in today's society. Outside of my calling in the church, I try to just be a good husband, father, friend, and neighbor by applying the teachings of Jesus Christ

Are Mormons Christians?

I believe in Christ. Christ is the central figure of our scriptures, the Book of Mormon as well as the Bible. I know he's real and has suffered for our sins because I've felt his love. Show more Show less