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Hi I'm Phil

I'm a Texan. I'm an Independent. I love punk rock, The Simpsons, and tacos. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married. I have two dogs- a rat terrier and what appears to be a mix between a terrier and an ewok (both of them are rescues). I love live rock & roll shows, camping and the desert. I have a degree in Geography and I work for the government. I'll read anything by Edward Abbey or H.D. Thoreau and listen to anything on NPR. I'm always up for good conversation over good tacos.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me truly happy. While it isn't always easy for me to follow Jesus Christ, I find that doing so brings me the most joy in my life. Following the principles taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has brought me closer to my wife, family, friends and Heavenly Father. While other interests make for an enjoyable weekend, it's the Gospel of Jesus Christ that brings me lasting Happiness. I know that Jesus Christ lives and that He is my savior. As I try my hardest to live my life in accordance with his teachings, I become happier and happier everyday.

How I live my faith

I have been given the opportunity to work with the Boy Scouts (ages 12-17) in the church. It's one of the most rewarding things that I do every week. It gives me an opportunity to help the boys develop their talents. We have athletes, musicians and scholars. I remember how difficult being a Mormon could be in middle and high school and it brings me a lot of joy to help the boys in my troop work through those difficulties the same way my youth leaders helped me. Best of all, they help me just as much.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I'm not sure why people think we are a cult. I think that it might be because our faith requires so much commitment. Following the teachings of Christ requires strict obedience. Sometimes the laws we obey aren't in sync with the norms of the world. The result is that we sometimes don't look "normal". However, once you get to know a Mormon, you find that they are usually just like you. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Nobody put a gun to my head and made me serve a mission. And trust me, this is Texas, if someone wanted to put a gun to my head, they could have. There is no shortage of firearms. At the age of nineteen, I chose to serve a mission. My parents and church leaders encouraged me do it, but, in the end, it was my choice. I was excited to move away and see a different place. I was excited to share the happiness that the gospel of Jesus Christ brought me with others. To date, it was the most important two years of my life. Show more Show less