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Hi I'm Phil

I'm training to run a marathon. I love playing racquetball, reading and spending time with my three young daughters. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am recently divorced. My ex-wife and my three young daughters live in a different state thousands of miles away. Working through the divorce and the after effects of it has been the most painful and difficult thing I have ever done in my life. I have to rely heavily on prayer and developing deeper relationships with my God, my support community, my church community, my family and friends. I am an addict, and my addiction contributed to the break down of my marriage. During the divorce proceedings, I again turned to my addiction to escape and numb out the pain. I met with my bishop, got a therapist, joined a men's group, went to an in-patient treatment facility, and began to attend 12-step meetings. I have learned in the last year what it means to truly rely on Jesus Christ and allow Him into my life. I have made new friends in Washington and began playing racquetball weekly. I have been training to run a marathon for the last 12 weeks, and still have a long way to go before I'll be ready to run. I am enjoying my work as a developer for a large software company in the area. I enjoy reading, watching Dr. Who and other TV episodes with my roommate, and attending my church meetings. I enjoy singing in our church's chior and getting together with other families from my church Sunday evenings for what we call Family Home Evening. But the highlight of every week is doing a video conference every Wednesday and Saturday with my three young daughters who live in Texas.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family where both of my parents were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was baptized at the age of eight and have attended church meetings every week my whole life. When I was young I went to church because that's just what you do. I have always believed in God and that attending church is the right thing to do. I looked forward to going on a mission for the church like my father had before me. On my mission in Germany my beliefs were seriously challenged for the first time. Most people did not care to hear what I had to share. Others challenged the doctrines the LDS church teaches. It was during my mission where the doctrines of the church began to be real to me and I began to really believe them. While on my mission one night I receive the news my ex-girlfriend who remained a good friend had been killed in a car accident. She was planning to serve a mission too. She was killed literally days after she had received her call to serve a mission. I had fully intended to try to convince her to marry me when I returned from my mission and she from her mission. I remember the shock and the absolutely horrible feeling inside. I felt God reaching out to me inviting me to pray. I resisted at first not wanting to pray. Then I knelt down and began speaking to my Heavenly Father. At first He felt distant, and then suddenly He was there and I felt more strongly then ever in my life that Jesus Christ was real. The ressurection is real. I will see my friend again when I die. The experience was overpowering. I felt immense love and peace. Now as I am working to overcome an addiction, I have come to rely completely on my Savior Jesus Christ for strength and support. If my mission taught me that God is real, my addiction and work to overcome it has taught me how desperately I depend on Christ and His grace to save me. My testimony and assurance that God lives and loves me has been greatly strengthened since my divorce.

How I live my faith

My faith permeates every aspect of my life. My day begins and ends with prayer. I am currently reading the Old Testament and spend at least 15 minutes each morning reading. I have a church assignment to help coordinate cleaning the church building four months each year. I get a great deal of satisfaction from helping to clean our church building. Service is one of the things we are encouraged to participate in as a member of the LDS church. I enjoy serving in my church, but also in my community. I volunteer as a "Lunch Buddy" and spend my lunch hour every Thursday with a second grade boy, eating lunch together then playing with him and his friends during recess. I have also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, the Nature Consurtium, and have recently helped in a work service project cleaning up a Boys and Girls club and a church service project cleaning up a park. Sundays are special, sacred days for me. I attend my church meetings (three hours worth), then usually have an hour of chior practice, finally I often get together with several families from my church to have a gospel related lesson, play games, sometimes we have dinner, and to enjoy each others company. I also often take time on Sunday to write each of my three daughters a letter letting them know that I love them. Even though I am divorced, family is very important to me. My daughters mean the world to me. I have regular contact with my parents and siblings. Sunday is an excellent day to catch up on the lives of my family members. I try to live my faith at work by being diligent and working hard. I try to be honest in how I interact with others and especially with myself. When I struggle, I turn my problems and difficulties over to the Lord and do my best and trust in Him to determine the outcome. Living with faith this way has begun to releive me of a lot of stress and anxiety about the future. I know that God is in charge and I trust Him. I just do my best and leave the results up to God.

Are Mormons Christians?

Mormons most definitely believe in Jesus Christ and that he is our Savior. We consider ourselves to be Christians. There are those who seek to narrowly define Christians based on a few points of doctrine, even though the many varied denominations and churches have many differing doctrines. I believe we as Mormons object to others saying we are not Christians because that implies we do not believe in Christ, which is completely untrue, or that we do not believe in the same Christ as depicted in the New Testament, which is also completely untrue. There are two main points that people use to exclude Mormons from their view of Christians. First, many churches believe in a closed cannon. They believe that the bible is the complete and final word of God. Mormons believe that God gives continuing revelation to His children and warnings and prophesy specific to the circumstances of His children, regardless of when they lived. We believe the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that we have a living prophet today that receives direct revelation from God. Second, many churches have adopted the Holy Trinity definition of God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. We believe that the bible supports the definition of three distinct and separate individuals. We believe that Jesus Christ was indeed praying to His Father in the garden and not to Himself. Modern revelation in the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants supports this interpretation of the bible. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do not practice polygamy. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

I think it is easiest to help those we are closest to and know the best. Since Mormons know each other fairly well from church, we are often aware of each others needs and willing to help. I have spent many hours helping other Mormons move furniture and belongings into or out of moving vans, as well as other projects such as painting houses, cleaning up yards, etc. I have also helped friends from work, etc. who were not Mormons. Because my close relationship to many of these people, I knew of their needs and was able to help. One thing, though, that I strongly believe in is being a part of the community in which I live. Because of this I have participated in many community volunteer projects where the recipients of the service were not Mormons. I have volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, projects beautifying parks or forests, volunteering to help clean up a Boys and Girls club, and am currently volunteering for my second year at an elementary school being a friend to a second-grade boy and spending an hour a week with him. Show more Show less