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Hi I'm Phil

I recently graduated from Utah State in Pre-Physical Therapy. I love learning and working with my hands. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a pretty large family with seven siblings. My dad taught me the importance of work. I loved working with him on projects around the house. At a young age I had a desire to build/create things. I earned my Eagle Scout award at age 14. For the final project to receive the reward I built a huge toy cabinet for one of the local churches. From then on I have had a passion for woodworking. Every Christmas and birthday I asked only for tools. I eventually started working in a cabinet making shop where I learned most of my woodworking skills. By age 18 I was the supervisor of the shop. At age 19 I left to serve a two year mission in Ecuador, where I learned to love different kinds of foods and a different culture. After returning from my mission I returned to my old job of cabinet making. I continued to work in the cabinet making shop until I went to Utah State University to receive an education. After studying generals for a semester I decided to try a class that introduced the physical therapy profession. I absolutely loved the class. I found I enjoyed learning about the body and how it functions as well as how to keep it healthy. Four years later I graduated with my bachelor degree at the same time I married my sweet wife. I've been married for a year and love it! I'm in the process of applying to physical therapy schools right now. This is me!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know without a doubt that the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day-Saints is true. I grew up learning the teachings but when I put it to test, I found out for myself that everything I have learned was pure truth. At age 17 I began to be more curious about the truthfulness of what I have been taught. I remember reading the entire Book of Mormon in about three months. I knelt down and prayed asking Heavenly Father wether the Book of Mormon was true. I waited and waited not really knowing what to expect. Nothing happened. However I didn't loose my faith. I knew I had to show Heavenly Father my faith by a continued desire and effort to find an answer. A few days later I reread the promise of the Book of Mormon, "And when ye shall receive these things. I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." I reread and reread this promise over and over and finally realized what it meant to have "a sincere heart and real intent". I had to ask myself, what if I get an answer that the Book or Mormon is True? What would that mean to me? Would I receive a true witness and then not do anything about it? How true are my motives? I thought about it for a minute longer… If The Book of Mormon is true then the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the same church that Christ organized when He was on the earth in mortal form. How could I just sit by and do nothing if I received an answer that the Book of Mormon was true!? Finally I knelt and once more asked with all the sincerity of the world, "Father in Heaven is the Book of Mormon true?" Peace, Comfort, and happiness filled my heart. I knew without a doubt that it is a true Book and that being a Mormon means being apart of Christ and His great work.

How I live my faith

I believe very strongly that my successes and triumphs in life are due to my faith. I am grateful for the close relationship I was taught to have with my Heavenly Father (God). HE truly is our father and loves us so much. I know that everything good, pure, hopeful, and joyful has come to me because HE loves me. I could never repay even a fraction of what HE or HIS son has given or done for me. However, I have a desire to do as much as I can to show HIM that I am grateful and that I also love and appreciate HIM. To do so I have been baptized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, I have served a two year mission, I go to church every Sunday to think, ponder, worship, and renew my commitment to follow HIM. I have also committed to visit and uplift those in need in the community. There has been times when neighbors have passed through a trial of life, my wife and I will visit them with a meal or just a warm smile to let them know that they are being thought of. Jesus Christ taught, "if ye love me, keep my commandments". The two greatest commandments are to love God and love your neighbor as thyself. I am so grateful to have been taught these truths and now be apart of it.