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Hi I'm Phil

I’m happy, I'm a child of God and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the younger of two brothers raised in a single parent family. My mum did a brilliant job and set the foundation for us boys to have a great life. Ever since I was a kid I have had a big interest in reading comics. I love art and enjoying drawing and painting. I love to laugh and enjoy good company and people's sense of humour. I am the husband to the most fantastic wife and friend. Our little family has been blessed with 3 beautiful kids full of energy and humour. I love having experiences with my wife and kids and being in a family that goes to church. I think the gift of a family is fantastic. I really enjoy family life and consider it one of the greatest treasures I have been privileged to have received. I love to laugh and to make others laugh. There’s a lot of noise in our household but we seem to have good neighbours as they haven’t complained yet. I am a Social Worker and work in a Mental Health team after graduating from university. I feel fortunate with my job that I get to see a lot of service and kindness in some unique ways. My job has taught me how resilient people can be and when they have the right tools, how they can overcome any obstacle. I am honoured that I get to see God working in people’s lives. These experiences in my personal and professional life are further witnesses of the fact that we worship a loving God who interacts in sublime ways with His children.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a child my mum had stopped going to church and so whilst we had teachings about God and Jesus Christ our church attendance was infrequent; though by the time I was 12 years old we were going regularly. I’ve never had any doubt that there was life after death and that God exists. Challenges in my teenage years resulted with me not living the gospel and understanding the relationship I could have with God. I left the church aged 17 with a lot of anger and darkness. When the light was turned back on after having gone through many unpleasant experiences my whole life was turned around and became wonderful. Someone had challenged me to read the scriptures and pray every day and those words hit me with such force I did. I recall that it was very much like being branded; those words burnt into my heart. It felt that I had been embraced by immense love and offered the opportunity of something amazing. Knowing that God exists and knowing that he communicates with his children, it made perfect sense to me; leading me back to church at the age of 21 years old. There was a sense of feeling peace and happiness to the questions I had asked and a discovery of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I have often thought where else could He have sent me except back to where He was. That is where my own conversion began and my desire to act upon those promptings and teachings I had received at a younger age began. The subsequent years has brought me continued peace and happiness as I have followed these principles to the best of my capacity reinforcing my faith. The Book of Mormon has been a great power and a force in my life and it is wonderful to see that happen now in the lives of my family.

How I live my faith

To the best of my ability with a lot of brushing myself off when I fall down. I see myself as a work in progress and feel that with the help of Jesus Christ anything is possible. I read and study the Book of Mormon and pray every day. I make loads of mistakes but feel that without the foundation of study and prayer I would make loads more. Doing these things have been a great source of strength, inspiration and has helped develop my relationship with Heavenly Father and enrich the relationships I have with my family and friends. Having Christ central in my life has been a big help to me and to my family. We read and learn together and even when it does not feel like we are learning something good is happening because we are together. Learning the gospel with the kids has really helped me to understand Heavenly Father’s plan for us and going to church supports that learning. We love singing whilst we may not be all that good at it, we find it enjoyable. We love going to the temple as a family and that is really important to us and we always feel happier after leaving. For the past couple of years I have worked with the missionaries who come from all over the world to teach the gospel. I thoroughly enjoy serving with them and meeting lots of interesting people who investigate the church and sometimes join. Serving has assisted me in understanding who the Saviour is and appreciating what He has done for us.