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Hi I'm Phil

I am the father of five children. I love the Jersey shore. I am a Phillies fan. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a son. I am the eldest of a family of nine children. I learned to help my parents lead the younger children as they grew up. I learned at an early age to cook and clean and do laundry and help take care of my younger brothers and sisters. I am a sports fan. As a boy, I loved playing and watching sports. I played Little League Baseball, football, basketball and softball. I became a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, Phillies, 76ers and Eagles. I love the South Jersey shore where our family vacationed each year. Our large family would cram into the small confines of a bedroom basement apartment in Ocean City for a week or two each summer. I love the ocean, the beach and all the sights, sounds and smells of the South Jersey beach. At the age of 12, I began to work delivering newspapers, cutting lawns and shoveling snow. I was a Boy Scout and I learned how to be prepared and to lead other scouts. At age 19, I became a missionary and learned to teach the gospel to others in Spanish. I am an attorney. I love the Constitution of the United States. I believe that the Constitution is an inspired document designed to protect individual rights and establish a unified system of ordered liberty. When I returned from my mission, I married my sweetheart who I met when she was baptized into the church at the age of 12. I am the father of five children, four daughters and a son. I am also a grandfather. I credit the gospel of Jesus Christ for helping us to have a happy family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a son of God. I believe that we are are all sons and daughters of of God and that He has a plan for each of us on earth. If we seek to learn about our heavenly father we can also learn about our own purpose in life . This requires a lot of soul searching; asking questions and getting answers from God by listening to teachers of the gospel and honest communication with Him through prayer. My own search involved faith and study of the scriptures, repentance of my sins, a willingness to obey the commandments of God and prayer. I received spiritual assurances and knowledge from the Holy Ghost. Although I was raised in the church, the time came when I had to make my own decisions about what was true and which path I should follow. I learned for myself that my parents had put me on the right path. I resolved that I would stay on that path and return along with my family to my Father in Heaven by following the example of His Son Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am an attorney. I have been working as a self employed attorney for more than twenty years but my core identity is as a son of God and a disciple of Jesus Christ. In my legal work I strive to be a peacemaker. My experience has taught me that the majority of the participants in the United States legal system are seeking constructive and peaceful solutions to life's problems. My most important responsibilities are to be a husband and father and a good example for my family. In the home we learn life's most important lessons. I served as a bishop and enjoyed the privilege of helping others understand how to use the atonement of Jesus Christ to overcome life's challenges and problems. I feel the highest calling of my life is to invite all I come into contact with to learn about Jesus Christ and to be a witness of His eternal plan of happiness for families. I currently serve as a counselor in the Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission. I help our missionaries teach others about the gospel of Jesus Christ and help them prepare to be baptized. I am a home teacher. I visit in the homes of church member families in our area once a month to share a gospel message and make sure they are well or if they need any help. A home teacher is best described as a friend who members can count on to be there at any time to be of service to the families of the church. We talk about each family member and how they are doing at work and in school, in sports and in their lives generally. We find strength in sharing our life experiences and in our friendship. We share life's joys and face our challenges together by applying the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught to us by His living apostles and prophets.