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Hi I'm Phil

I'm a happy husband, father and grandfather. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a grandpa. My wife recently retired and we are enjoying more time with our children and grandchilren. We have six kids who are all grown and married and live nearby. We recently had our tenth grandchild. I was pleased with the way our children dealt with the challenge of that newborn having spinal meningitis. It was rewarding to see my children use their priesthood and humbly and prayerfully pull together and support each other through this challenge. I am grateful for the strength they draw from their testimonies of the Gospel of Jesus. My wife enjoys scrapbooking and I like to read -- usually about history, politics or philosophy.

Why I am a Mormon

It is not always easy to be a Mormon. But I believe life without the Gospel is even more challenging -- and unneccesarily so. I don't believe life should be easy and I value opposition. Most faiths, in one way or another, have as a pillar of belief that "Life is difficult". So I try to not begrudge or avoid challenges. However, I believe not all difficulty is redemptive or even valuable. My faith helps me sift through the challenges of life and learn to minimize unproductive opposition and maximize the growth that comes from proper opposition. My faith gives my life depth and meaning and fulfillment and peace I could enjoy in no other way.

How I live my faith

I think most of us have a desire to be of service to our families and fellow man. The Gospel gives structure to my desire to serve people. It provides limitless opportunites to experience the inimitable joy and satisfaction of forgetting about myself for a few moments and exerting myself spiritually for the exclusive benefit of someone else.