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Hi I'm Phil

I'm a bean counter, Husband, Father, Music Lover, Snow Skier, Slave-boy land scaper, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've spent most of my life in a small town. I like the people and I think it's a great place to raise a family. I've always enjoyed back yard fun. I grew up with six brothers and being outside playing was our best form of entertainment. Now that I have my own family, I enjoy doing the same sorts of things; Volleyball, Frisbee, or just playing catch. My dad has always been at the great bar-b-que and I've enjoyed learning how to thrill with the grill....Ok, maybe not thrill, but at least make a good showing. I grew up in a musical family and have always felt a strong connection to music. I enjoy singing and dabble at the guitar. Music can connect with people in the most profound ways. I truly think it is a universal language or something we experienced before we came to live on earth that speaks to our souls.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. Even from a young age, I understood that I didn't have to take someone else’s word about the truthfulness of what I was learning. I could feel the peaceful feeling of the Holy Spirit telling me that what I was learning was true. Most of all, as I learned, I could see how the different aspects of the Gospel of Jesus Christ all fit together. I don't expect anyone to take my word that the Church's teachings are true. Everyone is entitled to that knowledge for themselves. It's this knowledge or personal witness that gives me strength to keep trying and doing my best to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. God is very loving and understanding. He wants us all to be happy. He invites us all to his table. He will show us the way if we will let him.

How I live my faith

I've had different assignments in the church. I've served as a Sunday School Teacher to all ages. My favorite is the little children. They truly are angles; so innocent and pure. I've also been a Scout Master which was very challenging for me. I almost lost a few boys on a canoeing trip. That scared me pretty good. I'm sure the guardian angels had to work overtime on that adventure to get us all home safe. I've also coached youth football and baseball. In hind sight I'm not sure that I was the right person for the job, but I was trying to give back as best I knew how. My family hosts an annual bar-b-q cook off and ice cream making contest at our home. We've got an insanely big yard (around 5 acres of grass) and we invite the whole congregation over to enjoy some food and desserts. The kids run wild and the adults enjoy the food and company. My wife is a great organizer of games. One of the most memorable is the Granny Panties Race. Not for the faint of heart.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

The missionaries will answer your questions about the Church and its teachings. They will also teach about Jesus Christ, God, and how the Scriptures are their words to us. By inviting them into your home, you will have the opportunity to experience the pure and simple truths of the Gospel of Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jesus Christ is the Savior of all. He is the Son of God. He died that we might live after this life. He paid the price of our sins and wants us to repent and return to live with him and the Father. His teachings, if applied in our lives, will bring us peace and help us live in harmony with one another. Show more Show less