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Hi I'm Phillip

I was born and raised in New Jersey. I am now an Elder Law Attorney in Ohio. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an attorney and father of three. I joined the Church almost 10 years ago. I enjoy reading and spending time with my wife and children. I was working in a large city as paralegal when I began dating this amazing woman who shared the gospel with me. She is now my wife and am thankful for her and what she shared with me every day since.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it gave meaning to to my life. I had always grown up knowing the right path and usually taking it without worry. But I wondered why. Why did I feel so strongly about these things. I had little to no religious education growing up. I began taking the discussions in order learn of my girlfriend's faith who was raised in the Church. I had no intention of joining. Yet, I knew it brought her great joy and wanted to know more. As we became engaged, I wanted my children to be raised in a place so full of positive hope. As I took the discussions, I still did not intend to be baptized, even when my baptismal day was about to arrive. My then fiance (now wife) left me to be interviewed by the missionaries. It all clicked into place that night as I realized how special a true testimony of the gospel could be. 10 years, 3 children, law school, multiple moves and jobs later and I know without a doubt that our Savior lives and looks out for us. That all of our experiences in this existence, even our hardships, have meaning to strengthen and to teach. Without this Church, I would not have a fraction of the happiness I experience in my home, my marriage, my friendships and my service. It all goes back to that decision to be baptized.

How I live my faith

I am the Elders Quorum President for a small rural Branch of the Church. We are a lay priesthood meaning that we all serve voluntarily. The Elders Quorum are the male members of the Church who assist in supporting the temporal and spiritual needs of our unit. A branch is a small church unit similar to a parish. We serve the members through visiting and assisting those in need with physical service such as moves into our branch, although we jokingly say we will move you into our little branch but never out. :) We also work to strengthen our brethren by teaching in members' homes and working with our missionaries to visit those who seek more. I live my faith by service and by doing all I can to be a good example to my children every day. It is so rewarding to be able to help people with your church service even if its with a simple smile or handshake. There is something we all can do to help someone every day in some tiny way that can have great impact on those we meet. T