Hi I'm Phil Graehl
I am a child of God. I am a husband, father, and son. I am a physician and an outdoorsman. I'm a Mormon.
I am the husband of a wonderful woman who is a great mother, a wonderful wife, and an exemplary physician. My wife is not a Mormon. She is a great example to me about things that really matter. I am a father of an extraordinary son, who loves life, befriends almost everyone, and who has an enormously compassionate heart. He teaches me a lot. As a family we enjoy time together. We love trail riding on horseback in the mountains of the American west. We enjoy time playing games and reading together. We pray together. I work as an orthopedic surgeon, and I enjoy the privilege I have been entrusted with to help people overcome injury and disability. I can't get enough of time in the mountains. I love hiking, riding, photography, wildlife observation, the sound of a breeze in the aspen, the smell of a high mountain meadow, and the view from a mountain summit. I am in awe of the many creations of God.
Why I am a Mormon
Quite simply I am a Mormon because I cherish truth. To me nothing satisfies yearnings, calms fears, promotes growth, and enlightens minds as well as hearts like truth. The fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ contains all truth, and it is within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ resides.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by trying continually to become a better person than I currently am. It has taken me the better part of a lifetime to understand that the clearest path to achieving this goal can only come through continued obedience to the commandments of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ brings me revelations of truth through enlightenment by the Spirit. I have found that the light of truth when it shines directly on me often illuminates crevices in my character where changes need to be made. If I do not give into fear, or anger, or indifference about these foibles, but encourage or allow for humility then there is the hope of repentance which can lead to those changes, those improvements in behavior that I desire. Moving forward requires continued faith in the Lord and sincere efforts to pattern my thoughts, words, and deeds after Him. My record is not one of perfection by any means, but I find more than ever that my setbacks are easier to overcome and my heart is slowly, constantly changing for the better. To increase my faith, to draw closer to the Spirit, to guide my repentance I pray, fast, search the scriptures, and work to engender a desire to make necessary changes no matter how difficult they may seem. Results are slow, the process promises to be a lifetime and beyond , but I have embarked on this quest to overcome all manner of flaws including selfishness, anger, pride, and procrastination just to name a few. Why? I desire to be able to submit my will to God. I desire to be close to the Spirit of the Lord to hear his still small voice, and act as directed to be an instrument in His hands. I desire to be a blessing to others and to be free of selfish ways, to know the true joy in life which is available only through service in the gospel of Jesus Christ.