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Hi I'm Phil

I'm learning what life is really about. I'm hopeful for the future. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 Well, I was born and raised on the island of O'ahu in the State of Hawaii, and I have lived there for pretty much my entire life. Things have been great in paradise, and the more I'm away from home the more blessed I feel as a native of the islands. I'm a fan of mixed martial arts in fact it's the only sport that I can watch non stop. And I enjoy music that invokes emotion and reflection in life. So, that's a nice way of saying that my taste in music ranges from metal, to reggae, to Mormon Tabernacle Choir, to Hawaiian. I've started college and I've been working toward a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I hope to be a doctor one day, so that I can serve others, work the healer's art, and hopefully be a source of comfort to others. Through the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I know that I can be with my family forever, and I wait to see the day where I can be with them for eternity. The fullness of the Gospel has benefited me immensely in my life. I know that I can be empowered to do things I normally wouldn't. I know that I have a loving Heavenly Father that cares and watches over me. I know that His son, Jesus Christ, has performed an infinite and eternal sacrifice in my behalf. I know that He has a plan specifically for me, and through that plan I can experience immense joy, peace, and strength in this life and the life to come.  

Why I am a Mormon

I think my decision to be a "Mormon" really revolves on two important truths. The first is my desire to follow the example of Jesus Christ. The second is my testimony of the Book of Mormon. Now I could also get into the nitty gritty of the doctrines and principles I've learned, but I could sum that up by saying that this is the only Church that has been able to logically explain and answer all of the questions that I have about God and the purpose of life. First and foremost however is my desire to follow the example of Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus is indeed the Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World. I know that he performed an eternal, supernal, and ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the world, and that through him I am capable of overcoming any form of weakness or imperfection. I also know that he established a Church in His name that was founded upon "the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone" "for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." I know that over a period of time that His Church was lost, because "the time did come when they did not endure sound doctrine but after their own lusts did they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears and they did turn away their ears from the truth, and were turned unto fables." And that ultimately, because of this falling away we were unable to fully follow the example of the Savior as taught by his Apostles and Prophets. And as I have grown to love the Savior more and learn His doctrine, I have learned that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only Church that fully allows me to follow Jesus Christ in all things, including love, charity, ordinances, and teachings. And this is the only Church that gives me the opportunity to learn everything that my Savior would have me do through His modern day Prophets and Apostles, the first being Joseph Smith, because "surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." Secondly my choice to be a member of this Church is focused on my testimony of the Book of Mormon. Within the pages of the Book of Mormon I have learned countless ways that I can be more like Jesus Christ. I have learned how our Heavenly Father deals with all of His children regardless of location. I have learned the true meaning of the atonement, that sacrifice that Christ made for us in Gethsemane and on the cross. I have learned the power of redemption. And I have learned that because God is "no respector of persons" he speaks to all of His children through prophets. I can remember the exact moment that I gained my knowledge that the Book of Mormon was true. I was in the middle of Manhattan, preparing to serve a mission, and I decided that I needed to ask God if the Book of Mormon was true. So, after reading and praying consistently each day till I had finished the Book, I knelt in prayer and asked the source of all truth, God Himself, if the Book of Mormon was true, if Joseph Smith was his Prophet, and if the Church was true. And after closing in the name of Jesus Christ, I had this powerful surge of warmth, peace, and comfort fill every fiber of my being and I knew from that moment on that God had answered my prayers, and that all of it was true. From then on I've never looked back.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith through following the Savior and obediently striving to do as He would. I may not be old, experienced, or wise, but I do know what I need to do to be more like Christ. I live my faith by not being afraid to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the source of true happiness, with others. I live my faith by actually doing, instead of merely saying. As I joined the Church, I made sacred promises with God that I would comfort those who stood in need of comfort, mourn with those who mourn, and be a living modern witness in word and deed of the divinity of Jesus Christ and the great work that is about to come forth. So, I guess I live my faith by keeping my word to my Heavenly Father and doing the best I can to be a loving person.

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"We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth." We believe that, because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever that He would still call 12 Apostles to guide His Church as He did in the time of Jesus. We also believe that because circumstances differ today than they were in the time of Jesus, that God would continue to call servants that would He would personally communicate with and direct to help us in our day. In fact if the Apostles were just meant to be around in the time of Jesus, why would they call Matthias to feel the vacant seat after Judas died. And why would Jesus select Paul as an Apostle by vision to be an Apostle as well?  Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

 Well... We need a savior, because all of us are imperfect and make mistakes. Since God is perfect and because "no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God," a savior is necessary for us to live with God again in never ending happiness. Through Jesus Christ we can be saved from the feelings of guilt, disappointment, and sorrow that comes through our own personal mistakes. Through Christ's grace and our own work combined we can experience the healing that comes from overcoming temptation, weakness, and sin. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

We can come to know our Heavenly Father by living His Gospel. In fact the only way that any person can know the truth of any thing is by testing it out themselves. As we place our lives in harmony with the teaching of Jesus Christ, we give ourselves to personally feel our Heavenly Father's love and attention. Through prayer we can communicate with our Father in Heaven personally, and because of His love for us He promises to answer our prayers. We can learn more of Him by studying His Holy Scriptures. And as we come to know Him we are obligated to act on the things that we know, and as we do we are promised Eternal life, "and this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." Show more Show less