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Hi I'm Philip

I married REALLY well, and that has made all the difference. My wife and children make me so happy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large family with four brothers and two sisters. My parents have been and still are two of the heros in my life, and I try to follow their example. We all remain close and get together when we can--they provide a wonderful support group. My wife and I have been married for 20 years, and she makes me laugh every day. She has such a fun personality and makes me want to be a better person. We have three biological children that did not come easy--each of them was a fertility child. We have since adopted 2 children for a total of 5. One of my favorite activities is cooking breakfast for the family on my day off (usually home-made from scratch pancakes) and driving the children to school. I enjoy cycling, hiking, and spending time with the family as hobbies. As a family, we enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, and playing basketball together. Reading with the children and jamming together on the piano are also fun. For a day job, I work as a physician. I enjoy getting to know others through work and helping them stay healthy and enjoy life.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that it is only through Jesus Christ that we can be saved. I have read the Bible and the Book of Mormon from cover to cover and know that they both contain the teachings of Jesus Christ and that they both are the word of God. The teachings ring true to the deepest part of my soul. I know that God lives and loves all of his children. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he atoned for my sins and for the sins of everyone as long as we accept Christ, repent, and follow his teachings. I know that God reveals his word through his prophets. We have their words and teachings in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I know that God still speaks to us today through a living prophet. I know that the Mormon church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is the Church of Jesus Christ--the same church that Christ set up in Jerusalem when he lived on the earth--that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ restored this church through a young boy prophet, Joseph Smith in the early 1800s. I know that Jesus Christ will return to the earth again some day. The gospel of Jesus Christ means everything to me. It means enough to me that I set aside my pursuit of a career in medicine to serve a 2-year church mission to Germany when I was in college. It shapes everything that I do and everything that I ever hope to be. I try to follow Jesus Christ's teachings and His example as best I can every day. I know that this is how we can truly be happy.

How I live my faith

I work in a profession that lends itself to serving others. I try to be kind and compassionate to others. Sometimes this involves making a house call to a dying patient, such as a recent patient with terminal cancer who had a difficult time eating. The only thing that she said tasted good to her were pickles. I took her over a jar of my mother's home canned pickles, which are a prized commodity in our home, after work one day. I have had opportunities to give service on a broader scale as well. As the devastating earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, I was able to spend two weeks in Haiti caring for patients in a makeshift 23-bed intensive care unit. I was impressed by the positive attitude of the Haitians in the midst of such a tragedy. I have spent time in China helping physicians in my field as well. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a wonderful service organization. There is an ability to mobilize large groups of volunteers on a rapid basis. I saw this as a boy following the Teton Dam break in southern Idaho in 1976. The Church also allows opportunities for service on the local level. As there are no paid clergy, everyone has the opportunity to serve. My wife and I have taught Sunday school to adults and children. We both have worked with the teenage boys and girls. I have worked with boy scouts and with cub scouts. I currently serve in a position as a counselor to the bishop of our local unit, assisting him in ministering to the spiritual and temporal needs of members of our congregation.