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Hi I'm Phil

Life has its challenges but just gets better year by year, because I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up and lived in cities for most of my life but recently moved to the countryside and renovated a cottage, where I now live with my wife. I have five talented children, three of whom are married, and I have five amazing grandchildren. I have worked in primary schools since 1985, having been a teacher, a headteacher and a freelance education consultant. I now work as a civil servant. I like to spend time with family and friends, eat out, travel, camp out in the wild, read, and ride my motorcycle.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church when I was 21, having investigated the church for several weeks. I received a conviction that the Book of Mormon is a true record and another testament of Jesus Christ, and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth in its fulness through a latter day prophet. I prayed and felt a strong conviction that these things are true. I was further convinced because of the spiritual and temporal reassurances I received as I exercised faith and applied the principles I had been taught. This does not mean I do not have unanswered questions from time to time. But to this day I am convinced that authentic happiness can be secured in our lives by following God's plan for us. Life is good.

How I live my faith

I know that each of us as God's children has within us divine qualities which we can cultivate and then use to bless the lives of others. I am motivated constantly to try to live a better life by putting first those things which are most important rather than those things which are simply most convenient. I love to try new things and experience new challenges. Through prayer and study I receive personal guidance from the Holy Ghost. I am able to set myself challenging goals and achieve them by exercising faith and using the initiative God has given me.

Are Mormons Christians?

Jesus Christ is absolutely central to the Mormon faith. In fact, the proper name of the Church is 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints'. We centre our lives on Him and work to become more like him in our words and actions. We remember Christ's Atonement each Sunday in the Sacrament and testify that He is our Saviour and Redeemer. The Book of Mormon is 'Another Testament of Jesus Christ'. I am often bemused at how a few Christians vehemently oppose our Church. One of our Articles of Faith states: 'We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.' Another states: 'We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.' I am proud to be a Mormon and to follow Jesus Christ's example the best I can. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

I served as a bishop of my local congregation until a few years ago. This was a demanding but rewarding voluntary role that gave me the opportunity to try to bring both spiritual and temporal blessings to the lives of others. I was assisted by two counsellors and many others who served in various roles in the church. I continue to serve now as a counsellor to the branch president in a small unit of the church. I believe there is great value in carrying out voluntary leadership roles while holding down paid employment. It prevents an individual getting too detached from the sorts of demands that are placed on everyone else and means we get to contribute to the wider community in practical ways. I can bring the skills I learn in my work to my roles in the church and vice versa. I have learned more about myself and how to engage with other people from my paid jobs than I ever did as a bishop. Last and not least, I wouldn't want to be a financial burden on the members of the church. Show more Show less