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Hi I'm Phil Mettra

I'm a Mormon. I was an actor in New York City back in 1977 when I met up with the Mormon Missionaries. My life changed forever.

About Me

I grew up in Northern California in the mid-50's through the 70's. It was a great time to be in California. My Dad work for Chevron Chemical Company, so we had a good life. I was involved in Theater all through High School and then went onto Whitworth College in Spokane, WA to study Theater Arts. I lasted one year and then decided to move to Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, USVI, trying to figure out what I wanted to do in life. I scuba dived at least three times a week and life on the beach was awesome. Eventually I got the theater bug again and moved to New York City, to see if I could make a living in theater. I worked at Citi Bank as a teller during the day and auditioned everywhere. I was on a Soap Opera, which my Mom and her friends watched and did some Mime and Children's Theater, oh and I was in the movie The Warriors. Big hit back then. I never made it big, but did meet a man who was a TV Commercial Director. He had a tie pin that said "Try God" I asked him what religion he was. He said he was a Mormon. I said I don't know anything about the Mormons and asked if he would take me to Church. He said he would and then I meet the Mormon Missionaries, took the discussions and became a member at the age of 22. After one year, I served a mission in the Utah Salt Lake City Mission. I finished up my college degree in Broadcasting and then went into Marketing for a career. I am married and have raised four wonderful kids, three have been full-time missionaries.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Catholic growing up in northern California. My Mom was a Methodist and my Dad a Catholic. I didn't have to go to Parochial School, but did attend Mass every Sunday. My belief in God was always a top line discussion in our household, but religion was never forced on us. As I grew older I wondered what God was all about. I got involved with a non-denominational group called Young Life in High School, which really help me understand more about the Bible and who Jesus Christ was. I met a lot of great friends there. I went to a Presbyterian College and thought I might become a minister. I loved the Lord and liked working with people, but I did not know which Church was really true and right for me. The Catholic Church believed one way, the Baptists another and the Protesants another way. I was confused. I asked myself if everybody believes in the same God, then why are they so different. It was in New York City where I got my answer. I listened to the full-time missionaries from the Mormon Church and they answered every question that preachers and priests could not give me a clear answer on. Things like where did I come from, why am I here on this earth and where am I going after I die. I knew that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was here on the earth when Jesus walked on this earth. He appointed Apostles to lead the Church after he had gone and they did. But there was a falling away from the True Gospel and it needed to be restored back to the earth. It was the boy prophet Joseph Smith that received the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated. This was my missing link. The restoration of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and the The Book of Mormon. I am a Mormon today, because I know that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days. That is why the church is called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. What a blessing to know the truth and to have answers to your questions.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a wonderful church to be a member of. We have a living Prophet, Thomas S. Monson who receives guidance from our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in guiding the Church world-wide. We meet every Sunday as this is our Sabbath Day. We take the sacrament each week and pledge to become better people. But our membership doesn't end on Sundays. Everyday we have personal prayer both in the morning and at night. Our goal is to live our lives as close to the Savior Jesus Christ on a daily basis. How we think, how we act towards people, what we consume in our lives, we are just trying to live a life that the Savior needs us to live. When we pray we call upon our Heavenly Father and we talk to Him. We close our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. This helps us to always remember the Savior. On Monday nights we have Family Home Evening, where as a family we come together, have a spiritual lesson, have fun and of course have a wonderful treat. There are special meetings for the youth during the week to meet together and have a great time. They build a special bond to help each other and it really works. All these meetings take place in Chapels across the world. But it is in the Temples that sacred ordinances are completed. This is where couples are married for time and all eternity. We do baptisms for our ancestors who have passed on and didn't have a chance to receive the saving ordinances. These are really special and sacred places where you can feel the presence of the Savior and our Father in Heaven. As a worthy member I go to the Temple once a week. It gives me a chance to get away from the world for a little bit and focus on the things that matter the most. I love being a Mormon. I know that I am different, but it is because I try to stand up for what I believe and stand as a witness of a loving Savior and a Father in Heaven who loves me. This is what being a Mormon is all about. It is everything.