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Hi I'm Philip

I live with my family in California, where I work as a patent lawyer. I enjoy music, nature, politics, and prose. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a relatively new father and I work as a patent attorney. I love all kinds of music--choral, instrumental, orchestral, and even some classic rock. I really enjoy learning how things work and trying to write well and persuasively, so my profession fits my interests well. I tend toward optimism--but Thomas Sowell would probably describe me as taking the 'tragic' world view. My greatest accomplishment? Making an excellent choice in who to marry. If I had lots of free time and unlimited resources? I'd visit national parks, the museums of Europe, and learn how to fly.

Why I am a Mormon

Over the years I have studied, read, and pondered life, the scriptures, and the way people behave toward each other. The evidence I see, the scriptures I've read, the people I trust, and my gut feeling all converge, pointing to this as worthwhile and true. It isn't convenient to be a Mormon, but living the good standards of our church, trying to be genuinely Christian and actively moral, bring satisfaction and happiness. Our concept of "eternal life" as a chance to live with God in continued family relationships after we die is unmatched in any other modern religion. Our doctrines are simple, but they resonate because they restore truths that were part of Christian theology among Christ's ancient apostles. This is the restored, original, genuine Christianity. It brings hope and happiness.

How I live my faith

This seems awkward to answer. Do I live my faith well enough? I try to treat people in a kind and fair way. I try to volunteer in good causes such as Boy Scouts. I accept 'callings' from church leaders--I've served as a youth teacher and an organist. I make every effort to be an honest man, and one that will never break an important commitment--like a marriage vow. I try to be generous and take the ten commandments seriously. I avoid degrading influences and try to view all people as children of God. I also consider it imperative for good people with Judeo-Christian values to actively support good government--that is, the kind understood by the framers of the U.S. constitution.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Philip
We believe death is not the end. Jesus Christ was resurrected, making it possible for us all to live again. Of course, I--we--don't know all the details, but through Christ we can hope not only in a life after death, but we can hope to associate with loved ones and continue to progress. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Philip
 We believe death is not the end. Jesus Christ was resurrected, making it possible for us all to live again. Of course, I--we--don't know all the details, but through Christ we can hope not only in a life after death, but we can hope to associate with loved ones and continue to progress. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Philip
I'm not sure why this makes us stand out--don't all good people agree that stable and loving families are absolutely essential to human happiness? However, it seems that our church has become known for this emphasis, and that is a good thing. One main reason is that we believe that family relationships--e.g., marriage--can continue after this life...so we all need to find a way to enjoy being around our family! This may also flow from our basic belief that the ten commandments still apply. God still wants us to honor our father and mother. One more thought--perhaps it results from our core belief that what we do on earth _matters_ in the eternal scheme of things. That is, God holds us accountable. Not to diminish the role of the Savior that makes everything possible, but if sin exists and God holds us accountable, there is a big incentive to be good--including trying our best to make marriage work and to love our families. Show more Show less