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Hi I'm Phil

I'm one of seven kids, I'm an uncle, a missionary. I love to laugh. Music is important. My name is Phil, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I have four sisters, two brothers, six nephews, a niece, and 50 cousins whom I love. I've always loved having a big family. I am a car lover, which is why I loved working at a car wash before my mission. I love going to do things with my friends, whether it is watching a movie, mini golfing, dancing, or hiking. I love experiencing other cultures. I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and loved every minute of it! It has so many amazing sites and things to do. Even with all of that, it really is the people there that makes me love Utah. It's nice being able to find those who share the same values that you do.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this faith, but I wasn't truly converted until I was 19 years old. I had a testimony, but I never tested it. Living in a community where a majority of people are LDS, I was expected to serve a mission. I wasn't sure when I was going to, and people around me kept asking when I was going to. It created a lot of pressure on me. Also, after leaving high school where I was very involved to go to college where a majority of people didn't know I existed was a hard experience for me. I was humbled over and over again until I realized that I was indeed being humbled by The Lord. I knew I needed to humble myself and ask the Lord for strength. I decided to try to figure out if the church was true by reading the Book of Mormon and living my life in complete accordance with the teachings. I became happier and happier. I got a confirmation from the spirit that the Book of Mormon was true when I prayed about it. Life was better than it ever had been before. I knew I needed to serve a mission because I needed to share this message with others. The blessings and happiness I see in myself and others is enough reason to be a member of this church, but it's not why I am. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it is God's true and living church on the earth. I know that from God and I will not and cannot deny that testimony.

How I live my faith

Because my faith has changed my life, I knew I needed to help others change their lives. I want to spread the happiness that I have to others. That is why I serve as a missionary. I spend two years of my life completely dedicated to the Lord as a full-time, unpaid teacher. People I talk to that aren't of the same faith think it's crazy that I am out here serving a mission that I fund myself with such strict rules. I try to help them realize this is a blessing for me more than it is for the people I teach. Living the principles of the gospel and being an example to others is another way I try to live my faith. I myself never realized how much people notice what we do. Being on a mission helped me realize how the world does hold us to a higher standard. Of course, that doesn't mean that we have to be perfect, but you do need to try.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I do. Once, as I was at a parade in Salt Lake City, I saw Thomas S. Monson. The moment I looked at him I felt a warm feeling all over my body and a feeling of peace. I believed that was my answer, but later I prayed to ask God for sure if he was the prophet today. I felt the same feeling. I feel it whenever I hear him speak. He speaks with such power and authority, but also with such quiet dignity. I know that the words he speaks are the words that I need to hear. Show more Show less