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Hi I'm Phil Palmer

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I recently started a business in one of the worst economic climates in 80 years and so far, so good. The Lord has blessed us in our efforts and we're extremely grateful. Besides building a business, I enjoy playing guitar ,playing golf ,watching sports and hiking with our dog.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church, but really attended church as a teenager only because of teenage friends that I had made. When it was time to 'grow up' and make a life of my own, I was ready to put the Church behind me and start 'living'. I quit going to church for awhile and after some time I realized that the happiness I had hoped to find did not materialize. I didn't want any regrets about not going to church so I attempted to put it out of my life. As a teenager I had never actually read the Book of Mormon. Sure, I had heard many of the stories and teachings throughout my life (as I had with the Bible). But I had never personally read the whole book. So I made a personal commitment to read the entire Book of Mormon so I could justify my actions of leaving the church behind without any fanfare. I resolved to read every word, cover to cover and if nothing of significance changed my mind when I closed the book, I was free to put it behind me. Surely that would cover me in case I was somehow wrong and I had to explain my actions to my Savior someday. I could honestly say "I read that book and nothing......." But instead of proving that book wrong, I had a profound spiritual experience. No, it didn't come within the first few pages or even chapters. It was Amulek who said “do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end”. When I read Amulek's message my whole body was filled with an immense power that I had never felt before. It consumed me from head to toe. I had never before felt anything like it. I could tell it wasn’t any ‘warm fuzzy’. This was a supernatural feeling. I had experienced the Holy Ghost confirming truth. No words, no angel. Just heavenly love. All of a sudden tears were streaming down my face. Tears of sorrow for having strayed and tears of joy for having been found. 30 years later I am grateful for that experience and have had many others since.

How I live my faith

One day at a time

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Phil Palmer
A fact is often overlooked when people consider the LDS church and African-Americans. While it may be true that at one time they could not officiate and hold the Priesthood in the church, the saving ordinances like baptism and sacrament were always available and enjoyed by African-American members. They had never been denied the critical saving ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ. At a later point they were able to receive the Priesthood and officiate as such. It is important to note that even during Christ's ministry the gospel was being preached and taught to primarily the Jews. It wasn't until later in Peter's life that he received a revelation to open the gospel to ALL men and all nations. Show more Show less