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Hi I'm Philip

I'm medically retired from the U.S. Army, Military Police Corps. I 'm a stay at home dad AND I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As an Iraqi War Veteran, I identify with the concerns that a lot of the veterans and current service members share about what they have or haven't done in their lives. My son grew up his first three years with me not really being around physically until just before his third birthday. While deployed to Iraq I ended up getting hurt more seriously than I would ever let on to much of anybody at first. Part was pride and part was concern for my family. I have since accepted help that I couldn't get without being honest with everybody about what ended up happening to me and how I was hurting. I had a lot of interesting things happen in my life. I got my Bachelors Degree before joining the Army and I was never a commissioned officer. I had my struggles within the church. They all served to strengthen my faith and make me who I am today. I love my children so very much; and I cannot imagine life without my wife, OR THIS GOSPEL.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was twelve or so I noticed that my friends across the street from me, the Parker family, didn't go to church where I did. I was raised Catholic until I was baptized at the age of twenty. I loved hanging out across the street with them. Around this time I started to ask questions about why they were never at church with me. I would join them at youth activities and I was never pressured. Around fifteen years old, the Parkers moved away to Idaho. I didn't know too much about the church but what I did know was that I never felt the same around any of my other friends. I missed the presence of the Holy Ghost in my life. My friends had that and I missed it from then on. When I was eighteen I moved from New York to the Boston area of Massachusetts and started going to college. I also started looking for THE TRUTH. It wasn't until a year and a half later that I met a girl who shortly after we started seeing each other was baptized into the church. I had been praying for an answer to the age old question of which church was true. When she was baptized I was very proud of that girl without a full understanding of why. Heavenly Father had started to answer me but I was stubborn. That very following summer I went back to New York during my college break and noticed that a small chapel was being built for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After two signs I was still not connecting the dots. When I went back to school in the fall I met a new friend in my school's cafeteria. He was talking about his upcoming baptism, he gave me the number for the missionaries and we met to talk more about the church. When I spoke to the missionaries, Elder Schear & Elder Graehl, we were originally going to talk but I called them back and really started learning about the church and decided to be baptized. November 10, 2001 I was baptized. It bears saying that we are all human and without the experiences I have had I would not have the testimony I have now. This is the true church; my wife, my family and I are forever blessed because of the Savior, Jesus Christ. In His name I can testify of this truth, AMEN.

How I live my faith

In my life after being baptized I have had many interesting opportunities to live and exercise my faith. While deployed to Iraq, I was able to speak often with one of our interpreters that was native to Iraq. We spoke often about Christ and he even read The Book of Mormon in Arabic while I read the Quran. While still active duty military in Hawaii, my wife and I had the honor of teaching the young adults in our ward. That was a lot of fun, they were a rowdy collection of Samoan, Tongan, Hawaiian and mainland kids. It was always great to see when something clicked in their young minds and hearts.