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Hi I'm Phillip

I'm a husband, father of four, work in the financial industry enjoy Scouting and love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of four children who keep my wife and I busy. We love to do anything outdoors - camp (yes, in a tent), hike, climb, kayak, etc. We also love to travel. We have traveled in 35+ states (all by car) and drive across the country nearly every year for family vacation. In pursuit of career and education we have moved several times and lived in five states and two countries (US and Brazil). I also spent two years in France and Switzerland serving a mission so I speak English, French and Portuguese. I received a dual major in Finance and Economics with minors in French and International Business and an International MBA focused in Finance. I've worked in the financial industry for ten years for large public companies and hope to have many more years doing so.

Why I am a Mormon

While I grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it was not until my Freshman year of college that I came to know that the gospel of Jesus Christ needed to have an important role in my daily life. I was challenged by a friend to read The Book of Mormon and as I did so, I began to notice a softening in my attitude toward God and came to feel that He knows who I am, that He loves me and that I am a child of God. As I continued to read, I came to know that Jesus Christ is God's Son, that he died for me (for all of us) and that He also loves me. After reading The Book of Mormon, I spent a weekend camping and thinking about the changes that had taken place within me and praying to know that The Book of Mormon was the word of God and what God expected of me. As I thought and prayed, I came to know that this was true and that God expected me to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and to continue to change and follow the example of Jesus Christ. Since that time I have had the opportunity to share the gospel of Christ with many others and watch how it changes their lives as they choose to follow it and understand that God loves them. I am grateful for how the gospel of Christ brings my family close together as we attend church, read the scriptures, pray and participate in other activities as a family. I am grateful for the teachings of Christ through both ancient and modern day prophets that give us moral direction and help us understand how to teach our children what is right and wrong.

How I live my faith

Besides teaching my children the gospel of Jesus Christ I have also enjoyed volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America for a local troop sponsored by our congregation. This gives me the opportunity to teach leadership skills to these young men ages 11-19 as well as enjoy the outdoor experience that is unique to Scouting. I also am one of the adults in our congregation responsible for teaching the gospel to the adults. This is an important opportunity to me as it gives me the chance to have a positive impact on others as we study the word God together and are taught through His Spirit. In addition, we also look for opportunities as a family to serve in the community through food drives, adopting a family for Christmas or cleaning up after natural disasters. One of the best things that I feel I can teach my children is to serve in order to show God's love for everyone.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Even during my teenage years when I did not actively participate in religion, whenever I spent time in the outdoors I could feel that God existed. The majesty of the creation of the world is inspiring to me and continues to help me to feel the love of God for me and provide me a place to show my children and other youth that I teach that God exists and loves us as His children. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

My wife is my best friend and the person I respect above all others. I am grateful for her support for me that has allowed me to get my education and a good job in order to provide for our family. She has made the decision that the most important thing she can do as a woman is to be the main influence in our home with our four children. I respect her quiet strength to move past the looks and comments that she gets when she takes four young children to a store or other location. I am amazed by her confidence that comes from within and doesn't require any type of payment or other physical acknowledgement of her contribution to society. I appreciate a Church that teaches that for a woman to have respect, it doesn't require her to have a career, but simply to be the key example to her children and teach them to love Christ and make the correct moral choices. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

After living in an area that has been near to several natural disasters (hurricanes, floods, tornadoes) and being a part of the effort to recover those devastated areas as well as see families in distress because of lost jobs during the economic difficulties I have truly come to appreciate the guidance given to us to be self reliant and be prepared for emergencies. When I see on the news people rushing to the store for food and water supplies, I can relax because I already have mine. If I have followed the counsel of church leaders and I loose my job, I would be able to go for a year without any help from the government or others and continue my current standard of living because of our savings and food storage. This allows a peace in our hearts and home when we see others in panic and fear. In addition, it provides us the opportunity to help others who have not been able to prepare. Show more Show less