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Hi I'm Phil

I'm from Utah. I keep bees in my backyard. I hate the winter. I try to speak the Karen language. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up and went to high school in the great state of Utah. In high school I played Lacrosse and rowed starboard for my school's crew team. I had a lot of fun doing sports in high school. I got through a year of college before I decided to head out for two years to Minnesota as a missionary. I have had the most amazing opportunity to become friends with a large group of refugees from Thailand/Myanmar. They are Karen, a subculture in the war torn country of Myanmar. I was able to learn their language and teach them the Gospel. I love hanging out with my family. We love going on trips together and going to movies and dinner together. It seems that life can get very busy sometimes which makes it difficult to spend time with family. Occasionally the line between family and business can fade away and the family aspect seems to disappear amidst our busy schedules. I am very grateful to have had such a tight family that made sure that business never intruded on our family time. My fondest memories are of my family all spending time at the dinner table together. We have not a care or concern in the world of getting homework done because for those moments, while are all together laughing and joking, we know that we are building eternal relationships that are infinitely more important than any project at school or work.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church and always had the support of my parents to go to church and progress in it. But, from a young age I was always instructed from my family and from church that I could not always rely on the testimonies of my parents and those around me and at sometime I needed to find out the truth for myself. When I was 14 years old, I had the opportunity to go to a camp for youth that is put on by the church called Especially For Youth (EFY). When I went there, I felt a very strong desire to find out if all of the things I had been taught from when I was young were true or not. In the Book of Mormon, it says to "experiment upon my words (Alma 32:27)" so that is what I did. I conducted an experiment. One of the last meetings of the camp is called "testimony meeting" which is a time when everyone can share their testimony with one another. I can very distinctly remember the feelings that overcame me while I sat in that room in reflection of the past week. I prayed and asked God if these things were true; if Joseph Smith was a prophet; and I knew at that moment by the power of the Holy Ghost that these things were true. I had run the experiment and I gathered the evidence from the experiment. I knew that those feelings couldn't have come from any other source than God. As a person who has always had a love for science, it has always been difficult to believe in things that I can't see such as God. But, I have come to the conclusion that if I were to do an experiment on something physical, it would have physical evidence. But, if I were to do an experiment on something spiritual, like God, it would have spiritual evidence. Because of this spiritual truth I can say for myself that I know God lives because I have felt the evidence of the Holy Ghost. I have never felt a greater feeling then I did at that time that I felt the Holy Ghost to that extent. I know that it was evidence of God, and I am so grateful for that knowledge.

How I live my faith

Currently, I have taken the amazing opportunity to go on a 2 year mission to Minnesota where I have the opportunity to teach people about the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is such a blessing to be able to go and share our unique message to various people. I always knew I wanted to take this great opportunity to go on a mission when I was old enough, so I worked to prepare for my time as a missionary. I made it a priority to go to Church every week and tried to obey the commandments that God has given us. I also made reading the scriptures and praying a big part of my life. As a missionary, we often teach people about three steps that will allow them to have the strength to carry on even when life gets hard. These steps are Church every week, Pray everyday and Read the scriptures everyday. I have found for myself that by doing these three steps, I was able to be reminded of the power and love of God. I was able to have the constant reminder of the mercy of Jesus Christ and his command to "come follow me". Often times people disregard these three steps because they seem abnoxious and tiresome. But, anyone who has actually commited to following this pattern knows that it brings a sense of strength and optimism as the gap between heaven and earth becomes bridged by understanding the will, timing and love of God.