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Hi I'm Phil

I'm a convert. I'm a TV journalist. I'm a dad and grandpa, and I'm married to my best friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small mining town. I dreamed of playing center field for the New York Yankees, and though I still love baseball, that didn't happen. I began investigating the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while in college. At 20, I committed to baptism. After graduating, I married Mary who's my best friend. More than 36 years later, we have a wonderful son and daughter and three beautiful grandchildren. I've spent my life as a journalist, a television news director and partner in a television production company.

Why I am a Mormon

The gift to choose is precious. It is a demonstration of our Heavenly Father's love and faith and confidence in us. I choose to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it helps me stay focused on being a better person and on what truly is important in life. I love the example of Jesus Christ and the love and compassion and strength He demonstrated in His life on earth. I love having a modern-day prophet---just like the prophets of the Bible---who offers wisdom and guidance in modern times. I love having the Book of Mormon as yet another witness of Christ's ministry and God's love for all of us. I love the idea of families as the best place on earth to learn life's lessons: the joy, the challenges, the tragedies. I love that being a Mormon means thinking about eternal truths more than just on Sundays. Being a Mormon is a daily challenge to look outside of ourselves, to seek out opportunities to serve, to understand that life has purpose and that our Savior provided a way for us to pick ourselves up when we fall. There are many good ways to choose to live your life. For me, choosing to be a Mormon brings me the happiness that our Heavenly Father wants us to experience everyday.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon means being willing to serve. Whether it is teaching a Sunday School class, visiting the homes of other members just to be a friend and to see how they are doing, giving a talk in church or cleaning the church building, it's all good if we choose to serve with a willing heart. Because Mormons have no paid clergy, it is up to the members to participate and make the church what it is---which is to be a support for families and a place to share our faith. We are all volunteers. Growing up going to Sunday School in the Presbyterian Church who ever would have thought that I would serve as a Mormon bishop?! For a time, I was given the privilege of serving a congregation of single adults in their 30's and early 40's---one of only a few "mid-singles" congregations in the LDS Church. What a joy to work alongside these wonderful men and women as they strived to put the gospel into action in their lives. In time, that opportunity passed and it was on to another to serve again, but in a different way. And so it goes in the church. Living my faith means trying to be the best "Phil" that I can be. To be a little kinder, a little more patient and understanding, to use the talents I've been given, to be a friend, a father, a husband. What good is faith if it fails to affect how you live?

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes, we do. In fact, the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament is my favorite part of the Scriptures. I love reading about Jesus and his ministry and the lessons and parables He taught. His life and ministry provides an example of how to live and to treat other people. He accepts us where we are, but challenges us to be our best selves. The Book of Mormon is another witness that the doctrine taught by Jesus Christ is the word of God. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely! Jesus Christ is at the center of our belief. He is the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer. He is the head of our Church. It is through Him that eternal life is made possible. Mormons are Christians in every sense of the word and one of our goals is to be more Christ-like in our everyday lives, treating others as Christ would have us do. Show more Show less