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Hi I'm Phil

I grew up in South America and Europe. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of two, a girl and a boy. I'm a news junky and enjoy political debate.

Why I am a Mormon

I learned about the church many years ago, but was baptized only recently. The process of my conversion was bitter and sweet, and ever since my baptism, I have seen miracles happen to and around me. The church is true, the Book of Mormon is true, and the principles taught are true. Every time I've put these principles to the test, they've resulted in great blessings which in turn affirm their truthfulness. However, the greatest source of my testimony is the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by making it part of my everyday life. I wake up and pray. Then I take the time to think about my day, my work, wife, kids and other responsibilities and seek spiritual guidance to help set priorities and receive ideas to tackle the responsibilities of the day. I go to church on Sundays with my family. We pray and read the scriptures together. In short, we strive to be good citizens of our country and of God's Kingdom. I have served in many different capacities over the years. The most humbling experience happened a few years ago. I visited a very ill elderly woman for several years, and she taught me a lot about resilience and faith. Other families I've visited have also made a great impact on me. These families have helped me shape my appreciation for life and the importance of service for our personal growth.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Yes! The first step to find out if Mormonism is true is to learn something about it. (How could a child ask a parent whether something is true if he doesn't know what he's asking about?) The second step is asking God with a real desire to know. (Why would the parent make the effort to answer the child if the child is really not interested in knowing the truth?) My favorite scripture is Moroni 10, verse 4, because I know that we can receive an answer to this question by following the challenge: "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

For me, being a Mormon is to share all my beliefs about life and its purpose with a worldwide group of amazing individuals. When I joined the church and progressively learned about its doctrine, I realized that somehow all the things I was being taught just made sense. It was as if I had somehow already known them. We did live before coming here to Earth. We do have a Heavenly Father who loves us perfectly. We do receive forgiveness for our mistakes. I've always known all these things, but had never put them into a single context. Becoming a member of the church has allowed me to put all these and many other truths I belief in into the context of my own life. Being a Mormon is like learning the vocabulary of a language that I already know. Show more Show less