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Hi I'm Phillip

I'm a father. I'm a student. I'm a techno-geek. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a husband and a father, while simultaneously building large-scale computer models of brain circuitry as part of my PhD work. I'm fascinated by the work I do - I get to geek out by programming large, expensive, and really fast computer hardware, and I get to study the brain, which is probably the ultimate computational machine that we know of. When I'm not working or spending time with my family, I like to read and be outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the church, my upbringing only plays a partial role in why I continue as a member. I think that, for me, the reason I continue as a member is that, deep down, I know that the principles the church teaches are true. Its teachings that life didn't start with my birth to my parents, but that I lived with Heavenly parents before being sent to the Earth to gain a physical body; that if I live faithful to the truths contained in the scriptures and taught by ministers called of God, I can return to live with my Heavenly parents and become like them; and that families are the fundamental unit of society, and can continue past death - all of these teachings are unique, as far as I know, and give a much broader and longer-lasting perspective to my life than I could gain anywhere else. The church's focus on Christ - His Earthly ministry, His infinite and very personal Atonement on my behalf, His resurrection, and His continued involvement in the affairs of His church - this focus is, likewise, very compelling for me.

How I live my faith

In addition to my responsibilities as a father and a student, I also volunteer my time to my local congregation, where I take care of all of the finances associated with the congregation. Not only do I deal with all incoming donations, but I also write checks for most of the activities, materials and supplies that we need to function properly. In addition to this, I frequently visit members of our congregation as a way of strengthening them, fellow-shipping them and being a friend to them outside of our weekly church services.