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Hi I'm Phil

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a senior in college and will start working in actuarial consulting after I graduate. I have been married for almost three years and have a 13-month-old baby boy. My family is the most important part of my life and I cannot imagine my life without them. As an Illinois native, I am a huge fan of all Chicago sports teams - especially the Bears, Bulls, and White Sox. I love being outdoors, watching movies, spending time with my wife and son, and playing/watching sports.

Why I am a Mormon

Throughout my life, I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents taught me from a young age that I had a Father in Heaven who loved me more than I could ever comprehend, and because of this love, He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins so that we could have the opportunity to return to live with Him again. Though I was raised in this Church, there came a time in my life when I realized that I needed to learn for myself which church was true. I didn't mind going to church with my parents every Sunday, but I wanted my own beliefs. After a lot of pondering and heartfelt prayer to God, I began to learn for myself that this is the most true church and contains the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Having a knowledge of my Savior's love for me has made all the difference in my life. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without it.

How I live my faith

In the Bible, Jesus Christ gives His disciples two commandments: 1. Love God with all thy heart; and 2. Love thy neighbor as thyself (Matthew 22: 37-40). Being a Christian, I accept Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer and seek to follow His example in my life. I believe that one of the best ways to follow Him is to love and serve others unconditionally. Because I believe that Jesus Christ led a perfect, sinless life, I do my best to follow His example and try to become more like Him each day. Ways that I try to do this include actively participating in church meetings, helping others who may be struggling with various issues in life, looking for opportunities to brighten someone else's day, and trying to find and focus on the good in the world. Though I am very imperfect, I try my best to improve each day in becoming like my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

I believe that having the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life is the biggest blessing in my life and, along with my family, brings more happiness to my life than anything else in the world. Because of the happiness that I feel from having such knowledge, I want to share this joy with those around me. It is for this reason that I chose to be a full-time missionary in South Korea when I was 19 years old. I believe that every person is entitled to his/her own set of beliefs and that all should be free to choose what they do/do not believe. Sometimes people have asked me why Mormons spend so much time sharing their beliefs with others. For me, I try to share my beliefs with others not because I want to impose my religion on others or to try to prove them wrong, but because I want to share the happiness and joy that I feel in my life. While I enjoy sharing my beliefs with others, I also recognize that all have the choice accept or reject such beliefs. Because of this, I try to do my best to be respectful and tolerant of those who do not share the same beliefs and values that I do. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

I have found that I strengthen my faith in Jesus Christ when I keep His commandments, have a desire to help others, and try to become more like him. When I do this, I more strongly feel my Heavenly Father's love for me and my faith in Him grows. As a result, I am a happier person and I feel a stronger desire to trust in Him as my Savior and to follow His commandments. Show more Show less