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Hi I'm Phil

I'm married, a father of 2, an ASU graduate, I work in construction, I'm a runner and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 2 kids: a 3 yr old boy who is pretty sure he's a super hero, and a 5 yr old old girl who is sure she's a princess. I have a wonderful wife that I married 8 yrs ago, and have loved since I was 16. Her example and patience keeps me going and makes me a better person. After high school I went on a mission for 2 yrs. in Argentina and I loved serving the people there, and teaching them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I graduated from ASU with a degree in construction management and have been working building and renovating hospitals ever since. Between working a lot at a job that is sometimes very stressful, dedicating time to helping out in church and spending time with my wife and kids there isn't much time left for other things...except the occasional ASU football game. A couple of years ago I started running, and have kept doing it. I love running because it gives me time to sort things out in my head, and to push myself beyond what I thought I was capable of before. Going for a long run in the desert as the sun rises helps me keep things clear in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been in the church my whole life. It wasn't until later in life that I realized what a huge difference the Gospel made for me as I grew up. All of the programs of the church helped me along the way to avoid so many of the pitfalls of the world. As I have grown I have developed a love of the church and the teachings of the Gospel. I love that in the church the responsabilities of teaching, leading and serving each other are shared and there is no professional paid clergy. I am amazed at how smoothly and orderly the church operates with normal people giving of their time and talents to help each other. Each opportunity to serve brings growth and challenge, and increased faith and reliance on the Lord. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of mankind and that through him we can overcome our sins. I'm so greatful to know that he has once again restored his priesthood to the earth so that all can be baptized and receive the blessings of His Gospel. I'm grateful to know that He has once again called prophets to lead His church and provide continued revelation for the world.

How I live my faith

I am grateful for the opportunities to dedicate time and effort to the church. I have taught 7 year old kids in Sunday School, worked with the local Boy Scouts program and served with the church men's group. Each responsibility has helped me to grow and helped me feel how much God loves us all. As I have been able to serve those both in the church and other community members I have developed special friendships that come through service. I hope that in my day-to-day life as I deal with people at work, or with neighbors, that they can feel that I am someone that they can trust and rely on. I hope I stand out as being different. As I try to live my faith I try to maintain a positive outlook for the future. There is so much negativity in the media, in the news and all around us that it makes optimism difficult. The faith that I have in God helps me to see beyond the problems of the world and to find hope and happiness in spite of all the troubles we face. Of course I still have problems, just like anyone, but as I face them I try to stay positive, work hard to resolve them and rely on the Lord to pick up the slack when I fall short.