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Hi I'm Phil

I'm a Mormon. I was raised on farm. I obtained a Ph.D. in Agronomy and am blessed with a wonderful wife and eight children.

About Me

An Agronomist by training, I work at helping people grow crops more effectively. Providing training in various aspects of crop production has been one of my enjoyable tasks. Gardening and horticulture are also hobbies of mine. I enjoy caring for our fruit trees, berries and vegetable garden. But more than raising crops I have enjoyed the challenges and joys of raising my children. Working with them, taking backpacking trips with them, helping them with their school work and encouraging them in their music, sports and other activies has added depth and meaning to my life and has been a source of growth and learning for me. They are all so different and special. Oh, how I love them all. Now that joy is increasing as we are now blessed with 15 grandchildren. They too all special with their very own personalities and gifts and talents.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because living the teaching of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints simply works to make one better and happier and more hopeful of the future. That future includes this life and the next. I was born in the faith but have spent most of my adult life working with good people not of my faith and often with people with little or no faith at all. I have enjoyed their association but I have noticed the difficulties that arise for any who violate the standards and teachings of Christ taught in the church. We can choose our direction in life but we can not choose the consequences of those choices. Scriptures and the teaching of inspired church leaders help us to find a road of happiness and avoid those things that destroy peace, health, family and happiness. I am a Mormon because I did, at an early age, that which our missionaries invite anyone studying our faith to do. That is to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. I read it and received a witness through the spirit that it is true and valuable. The Book of Mormon teachings strengthen my faith in the Holy Bible and help me understand that Jesus Christ loves all of His children on all continents and at all ages and works for their salvation. How I love our Savior and His plan of Salvation that extends to all people everywhere. My testimony of Book of Mormon has increased by faith in the Bible. Their doctrines are the same gospel of Jesus Christ These two witnesses of Jesus Christ I find to be treasures in my life of great practical worth.

How I live my faith

My faith is a great part of what I am and what I desire to become. I am trying to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. I am trying to learn to be more like Him. I am trying to be kind, forgiving, helpful and full of love for all people. My association with others of my faith helps me to be encouraged to try to be better since they have the same goal. Each of them has something to add to my life. Our church teaches that true Christianity is not a better-than -thou way of living but a humble effort to be like the Saviour who is our example. I attend church with my family to worship and to associate with loving, caring people in all stages of trying to become like the Savior. We encourage one another. We love one another. This support is of great practical value in raising a family and in encouraging them to grow in their faith and discipleship. I read the scriptures and the words of living Prophets and Apostles daily with my family and alone. I love the scriptures for I know them to be the word of God and of great worth to my personal life and that of my family. The church is not full of perfect people. It is full of all kinds of people with all kinds of strengths and weaknesses that I am to learn to love, be patient with, learn to understand, appreciate and serve. It is a perfect laboratory for me to learn to be Christlike. The family is where my faith is practiced to the greatest extent. It is where I practice the principles taught in the scriptures, by our leaders, and at church. There we practice being unselfish, forgiving and loving. I try to be genuine at all times-to live my religion at work or at play as well as in church. I often fail to reach this ideal but I am encouraged by my faith to repent, seek forgiveness and continue to try. I live my faith by daily personal and family prayer. I feel privileged to be able to get on my knees and asked my Father in Heaven in the name of Jesus Christ for help and wisdom and strengthen and understanding.