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Hi I'm Phil

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married with three adult children and 5 grandchildren. I have a graduate degree in Structural Engineering and work at a Research and Development Lab. I specialize in the effects of explosions on buildings and have worked many projects aimed at making buildings safer to protect people inside from the effects of accidental explosions. I am 59 and have a wide variety of interests and hobbies. After sitting at my desk at work all week I enjoy working with my hands on weekends and days off. I enjoy woodworking, carpentry, welding and working on cars and motorcycles. About 25 years ago my wife and I did a major addition to our house, doubling it in size. We did almost all of the work ourselves on evenings and weekends. It took us 14 long months but it turned out very well. I have to admit however that I was very glad when the project was over and we could move it. I was so burned out that I didn't pick up a hammer again for about 7 years afterwards! I enjoy the outdoors and love to go dirt bike riding in the mountains and the deserts of the Western US. We have a large group of friends that regularly go out RV camping and off-road exploring. My family loves camping and boating in the California High Sierras. I also enjoy researching my family history and collecting and organizing old family photographs. I recently purchased a slide scanning machine and have scanned and organized over 15,000 slides and color print negatives over the past few years.

Why I am a Mormon

I consider myself an open-minded person and I enjoy talking to other people about spiritual concepts. If I ever discover a spiritual truth that I felt is better that what I currently believe, I will embrace it and incorporate it into my life. I have always had a faith and belief in God. I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. This belief has always been an important part of my life. I have read the scriptures regularly since my youth and though I don't consider myself an expert, I am familiar with gospel teachings in the Old and New Testaments. When I was a teenager, I had an edition of the Bible that had all of the words attributed to Jesus Christ printed in red ink. On occasion, I liked to read just those parts and when I did, I would get a good, warm feeling inside about the goodness, love and mercy that Jesus felt for His children. I felt strongly that Christ really did live and that he really was the Son of God. I read the Book of Mormon a few times also during my youth. I found the writing for the most part to be a little easier to follow and understand than those of the Bible, but I enjoyed reading from both Book of Mormon and the Bible (mostly the New Testament). I got the same feelings reading the Book of Mormon as I got when I read the words of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. I felt a warm, good feeling that I felt was the Holy Spirit giving me a witness of the truthfulness of both books. As I got older, I learned more about the teachings and doctrines of my faith. I have never found any other religion that has been able to so effectively answer the main questions about life, and my purpose here on earth as the Mormon faith. I have looked at most of the major religions of the world, even studying some of them in college. I see great good in all of them, but I believe that the Mormon teachings are the most complete and comprehensive that I have found. I especially cherish the teachings about the eternal nature of family.

How I live my faith

It is one thing to believe something, and quite another to actually live it. I learned by reading the Bible and Book of Mormon that one must be proactive to live a Christian lifestyle. It takes energy and effort to live, learn, grow and progress as I believe my Father in Heaven would like me to do. Many times I don't feel like putting forth the effort and I often find myself falling short of what I feel that I am capable of and of what Christ would expect of me. My best guide in my life is my conscience. I believe that the conscience is a divine gift to all who are born on this earth. I try to follow it. I find that when I do, I usually get some sort of spiritual confirmation that I did 'the right thing' and I feel good about it. I believe in divine design and creation. Life is not accidental, but intentional. Each of us has a purpose for our existence and we each need to find fulfill that purpose. I am grateful for my life and for all of the blessings and opportunities I have been given. I don't believe that life is fair for everyone. Everyone has different challenges and obstacles to overcome. Only God knows why things are this way, but I have faith that He knows what He is doing. I attend Church and strive to keep God's commandments. As long as I feel I am continually striving to live a good life, I believe that the Atonement of Jesus Christ will make up for all of my faults and weaknesses and allow me to be able to return and live again with God. I feel strongly that life is about growth and progression. I also feel strongly that life isn't just about 'me'. I feel that just as important as personal growth and progression is assisting others to also grow and progress. I feel that whenever I find myself in a position to assist someone else that is in need spiritually, emotionally or temporally that I should make the time to do that. I try to do a significant service project every year to assist someone that cannot pay me back (usually for an elderly widow).