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Hi I'm Phil

I've designed simulators for the Space Shuttle, I'm a life-long disciple of Christ, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I met my wife on a blind date. I am a father of three children, my oldest, a son is married and I have have two teenage daughters. There is a lot of drama in my house! I studied psychology and artificial intelligence in college. I was born in the arid Southwest of the United States and moved to the humid Southeast after college. I make a living designing training and simulations for military and civilian purposes.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have studied the life of my Savior, Jesus Christ including His dealings with prophets in the Book of Mormon. I have attended church all my life. I first felt the spirit first while singing hymns about Jesus. I have also felt it as people I know and loved testified of Christ and His church. But my conversion came about when I prayed to Heavenly Father about what He wanted me to do. He answered my prayer. He wanted me to join the church His Son established and then restored in our day. He witnessed to me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true and that He wanted me to join it so that I could return to live with Him in heaven. It makes me marvel how often He has written in the scriptures to "ask and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened." But how few people really ask and knock in prayer.

How I live my faith

I have done many things in the Church of Jesus Christ. I've been a Boy Scout leader. I've served a mission to Germany. I have taught young children on Sundays. I have been a leader and I have been a secretary. I have learned that in the Lord's church everyone serves. One of the interesting things I have done is learn about my family history. My great-grandfather joined the church shortly after it was restored. He knew Joseph Smith personally and testified that he was a prophet. He was one of those who migrated to Utah for religious freedom.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

I live in the South and many of my friends and neighbors are Evangelicals. There are a few terms like grace that seem to divide us, but the truth is that we really are very similar in our beliefs about grace and works. Both the Bible (especially the New Testament) and the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ are overflowing with the doctrine of grace. I don't know a single member of my church who believes that we can be saved without grace. On the other hand I don't know any of my Evangelical friends who believe that once they have been saved, that they can freely sin and their works don't matter. We just emphasize different aspects. Members of my church clearly understand that we are saved by God's grace and that we cannot save ourselves. Show more Show less