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Hi I'm Phillip

I'm a husband, I'm a dad, I'm a wannabe farmer and rancher, I'm a man of faith and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Mesa, Arizona as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At age 19 I went to the Philippines as a missionary and spent two years there sharing the gospel. I married my best friend, Tammy, when I returned from my missions. We have 10 children. The last two, twins, are adopted. Five of our children are married and are scattered around the United States. We have 10 grandchildren and 2 more on the way. Our 6th child, a son, is just returning from Ghana as a missionary. He is our 5th child to have served as a missionary. We have lived in Arlington, Washington for 5 years on a small farm. We've had cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, alpacas, dogs and cats. For the last 25 years I have been a full time church employee as a religion teacher to the youth. Currently, I coordinate early morning Seminary. This is a program where high school age kids meet before school to have religion classes. I work with 1200 students - supervising over one hundred teachers. I get up early in the morning to visit the seminary classes and also each month teach lessons to the teachers to help them in their teaching. I am also the bishop of our congregation.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was actively involved in the Mormon church. My family and I stay involved because of the difference it makes in our lives. I love the teachings of this church. I love knowing that I was created in the image of a God who loves me and knows me personally. I love knowing that when I pray, I am praying to a God who is really there listening to me and cares about the things that I do, and who will guide me and give me direction when I need it. I love the way I feel when I live God's commandments. It makes me happy.

How I live my faith

In our church we have a lay clergy. Everyone is expected to help and strengthen one another. For the last year, I have been the leader, or bishop, of our local congregation, which we call a ward. As a bishop, I have two assistants, or counselors, to assist, strengthen and help me in the work. We meet weekly with other ward leaders to plan our Sunday services and other activities. Another one of my duties is to seek out the poor and the needy in our ward. We believe in self reliance, but as someone has done all that they can, we assist and strengthen them as church members. Every first Sunday of the month, we call Fast Sunday. We abstain from eating for two meals. The money that would have been used for food is donated for the bishop to use as needed among the members of our congregation. I also work specifically with the youth groups in our ward. Our young men are members of the Boy Scouts of America, being registered in a troop that we sponsor. This keeps them busy learning skills and character traits consistent with our religion. We also have a program for our Young women ages 12 - 18. In it they have activities and learn skills to help prepare them to be better individuals and family members. I also work with other members of our ward who are struggling with challenges, sin, or sorrow and help them apply the gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. In all of my teaching, training, and administering, my most important responsibility is as a husband and father. We read scriptures daily as a family and have family prayer both morning and night together. Monday evening is set aside as family home evening time. This is a time devoted to teaching our children. Sometimes we play games, watch a movie together, or have an activity. Sometimes we go somewhere together or have a lesson. We talk about family problems and make plans for the week. But always we have a treat. Soon I will no longer be bishop, but I will always be a husband and father.