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Hi I'm Phil

I'm a Marine, an avid runner, a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just returned from serving as a missionary in the Oklahoma City Mission. I served in the Marine Corps for a few years before my mission and still have a few more years to serve now that I'm back home. I've been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and I kind of miss Afghanistan. I love trail running, mountain biking, singing, and playing the drums, piano, guitar, and UKELELE! I also love Swedish Fish and Yoo-hoo and being in the desert and enjoying nature!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church, but when I was a teenager I wanted to know what God wanted me to do. I had been raised praying, studing scriptures, and going to church, but I didn't have a firm testimony of my own. So I started really reading the Book of Mormon for the first time and praying about it and I felt a very strong impression that it is true. Since then, I've been overseas twice in the military and have read the Book of Mormon through it all to keep me strong and firm in my faith in Jesus Christ. He is our Savior and Redeemer and knowing this gives me a firm hope that each of us has something specific that God, our Heavenly Father, wants us to do. 

How I live my faith

I try to do my best to follow Jesus Christ. I read scriptures and pray each day and go to church on Sunday. I try to do nice things for people as I go about my day. It's simple, but it makes me feel good because I know it's what God wants me to do.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We fully believe that it is only through the merits, mercy, and grace of Jesus Christ that a man or woman can be saved. Grace is conditional though. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ expect us to follow Them. When we follow Them and keep the commandments Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have given us, then we qualify for the full grace of Jesus Christ to take part in our lives. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Baptism by the proper authority called the "priesthood" is essential for anyone who desires to enter into the kingdom of God. It's a commandment from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ was baptized to show us the way. He wants us to follow Him. When we're baptized, we promise God that we are ending our old ways and are committed to follow Christ and keep His commandments throughout our lives. Baptism is the gateway to peace and happiness. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

It's awesome! One of my favorite parts of the gospel and the Church is the search for truth. I love searching for the ultimate truth of things. Sometimes it's hard to stand up for what we believe in, but we know that what we're standing for is true. We know that if we follow truth, we will be made free and we will experience more peace, joy, and happiness that we could in any other way. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Jesus Christ established His Church while He was on the earth. He called 12 Apostles to oversee the Church when He left. The Apostles were martyred and the Church fell away. People started to take the original truths Jesus Christ taught and change them or get rid of parts of it altogether. It became so distorted and changed that a reformation wouldn't bring it all back to the original Church. Only a restoration of all things would bring the Church back in it's 100 percent pure form with 100 percent pure teachings. The Book of Mormon is the evidence of this Restoration and of the prophetic call of Joseph Smith. It also sets straight a lot of things that have been misinterpreted in the Bible. It is a second witness that Jesus is the Christ. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is a belief in something that's true, but isn't seen. For example, when we flip a light switch, we have faith that a light will turn on. Before we flip the switch, there is no light, but we believe that when we do flip the switch, the light will turn on. The results of our faith are evident when the light turns on. In a similar way, we can have faith in Jesus Christ. We believe He is real and He is there, even though we can't see Him. We believe that His Gospel is true. We believe that He loves us and that He wants what's best for us. This belief helps us trust Him enough to keep His commandments. When we keep His commandments, we will see and feel the results of it in our lives. The results of our faith in Jesus are evident after we act on it. In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Moroni describes it this way "dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith" see Book of Mormon, Ether chapter 12 verse 6. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Eternal life is living with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ with our families for all eternity. Eternal life is not free to anyone who simply believes that God and Jesus Christ are real. Obedience to God's commandments is required to have eternal life. That is why this time on earth is so vitally important. It is a proving ground to see if we will follow God or not. If we do, we will receive eternal life. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not worship the Prophet Joseph Smith. We worship God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. The reason we talk about Joseph Smith so much is that he played a key role in the restoration of Christ's gospel and Church back to the earth. It's just like any other person who played a big role in any movement, like the freedom of free speech or freedom from slavery. We do not worship people who take place in these movements, but we deeply respect them. Show more Show less