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Hi I'm Phillip

I'm a California native, corporate trainer, Army veteran, wannabe performer, husband, dad, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California, and I currently live here with my wife, three kids, and dog. I've been in the Army Reserve for over 12 years, and spent a year in Iraq back in 2006. I work in corporate training where I help people get better at their jobs. I love to act, sing, dance (with varying levels of skill), and I spend my free time with my family or at medieval re-enactment events. I tend to be very busy, but I also really enjoy being able to just relax.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon when I was 14 years old. I had attended several other churches, and had become pretty disillusioned with the idea that there was any church that was 100% true. After a dry spell of not attending any churches, a good friend of mine invited me to attend the Mormon church with him. I had some relatives who were Mormon, so I decided I would check it out, but with no intention of committing to anything. As I began to learn the teaching of this church, however, things slowly began to change. The emptiness and confusion that I felt at so many other churches was replaced with peace and clarity. I felt a spiritual connection with God that I only caught glimpses of previously in my life. After these experiences, a lot of soul-searching, and no small amount of pride-swallowing, I chose to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints and become a Mormon.

How I live my faith

For as long as I have been a Mormon, I have been as active as possible in teaching people what I believe. If you talk to me for more than two hours in your life, you will, at a minimum, find out that I am a Mormon, and probably hear me talk about some of the many things I do or have done with the church. Currently, I teach high school students in my church about the Scriptures every morning before they go to school. I have 11 students, and they are all wonderful, strong, intelligent youth. There are many days that I learn at least as much from them as they do from me.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Grace is the all-encompassing principle by which everything we do in the church and in this life has meaning and the means by which we return to live with God. Quite simply, we humans are not strong enough to do everything we need in order to earn our salvation. That is why Jesus Christ, out of pure love for all of us, suffered for our sins so that we do not have to do everything to make it back to Heaven. Although Jesus paid for our sins, He still expects us to live, as best we can, according to His doctrines and teachings. So long as we are humble, sincere, and forever seeking to improve ourselves according to His plan, He will gladly make up the difference and guide us back into the presence of the Father. Show more Show less