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Hi I'm Phil

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I recently began our 52nd year of marriage and look forward to more golden years together. Our 5 children have given us 17 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters, all of whom give us hope for the future of our family. I received a degree in American history, became an archivist to provide public access to regional Federal records for legal, historical, and genealogical research. In doing so, I began my own family history and traced it back to seaports in Scotland, Swiss cantons, and Denmark. From tales of family history, two of our children have also taken an interest in family history and traced their mother's lineages to New England, Southern states and Wales. One of them now buys New England manuscripts ca. 1830, including family bibles, at auction on e-Bay, from which I derive descendant pedigrees for him to announce on the Internet for repatriation to living family members. In addition to family history, I read SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN and watch every science program on PBS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, or equivalent channels to keep current on discoveries and their implications for ours and future generations. I also enjoy raising vegetables in deck containers for grandchildren to pick and eat fresh, sometimes a unique experience. We have wonderful neighbors that have made us feel welcome from the time we joined them 16 years ago. Life is good and getting better all the time.

Why I am a Mormon

In April, 1959, as a U.S. Air Force enlisted man, I took a military Rest and Recuperation Leave from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and flew in a C-47 transport to East Jerusalem, Jordan, where I spent 3 days visiting pilgrimage sites, including the now famous Garden Tomb. There I had an extraordinary experience in which the Gospel scriptures of the resurrection of Jesus Christ became as real to me as though they were happening in my presence. From Dhahran, I returned to the United States and attended LDS Services in Klamath Falls, Oregon. There I met my future wife. We were married in the Manti Temple for time and eternity, and two years later our first son was born. He struggled for his life at birth, received tender care at Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, came home to us for one week, then died of sudden pneumonia at Provo General Hospital in our presence. In that experience, I had an insight into life after death, which was confirmed during our family prayer prior to his funeral services. We received a blessing of comfort unlike anything felt before or since, a beacon of faith through our trials in life. That blessing has been reinforced every time we attend an LDS temple marriage ceremony. There we hear the greatest promises of eternal life found anywhere on earth, and they include our future life with our son and all those of our family that have passed from this life to the next.

How I live my faith

I served as Director of a Stake Family History Center, good preparation for my current calling of Ward Family History Consultant to not only members but anyone within the boundaries of our ward, family members in other states, and friends of family members anywhere. I also serve as proxy for ward members unable to utilize New FamilySearch and help them submit names for temple ordinances worldwide. Recently, I joined the world wide cadre of indexing volunteers, which include non-LDS volunteers, to make microfilm publications availabale for Internet use 24-7 around the world. In addition, my wife and I served 7 years as Temple Ordinance Workers, which has deepened our understanding of family history and inspired us with the essence of charity for visitors seeking eternal ties with their families. From 2009 to 2010, we also provided administrative services in a local LDS Mission Office and gained much appreciation for all those who support full time missionaries without any recognition other than He who watches sparrows fall. Other ward callings include service as a Ward Missionary, Home Teacher, occasional Sunday School teacher, and ad hoc volunteer not only to Church members but the community in which we live. A highlight of our lives is jointly meeting with our "Empty Nester" Family Home Evening Group, couples our age, a spontaneous organization to meet a need not yet defined in any Church organizational table.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Joseph Smith was a close student of the Bible. After reading its scriptures, he sought more knowledge in prayer and experienced revelations and visitations of resurrected beings that instructed him on how to restore Old and New Testament authority on the earth in the form of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Book of Mormon is based on Old Testament scripture and the personal ministration of the resurrected Jesus Christ reiterating His Judean ministry in what is now known as the New World. The King James Version of the Bible is enumerated first in the canon of LDS scripture and is fully cross-indexed with the three other standard works of the Church. That index supports a Topical Guide in which the largest entry is of Jesus Christ from Genesis through Revelations, all parts of the Book of Mormon, all of the Book of Commandments now known as the Doctrine and Covenants, and in the writings of the Pearl of Great Price. Not a word of the KJV Bible has been changed to conform to any other LDS scripture, and vice versa. All stand as witnesses to the singular life of Jesus Christ and His importance to all generations of time and eternity. Show more Show less