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Hi I'm Phillip Bosen

I grew up in the mountains of Virginia. I am a business consultant and gemologist. We have five children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work with family jewelers all over the country. I enjoy a variety of activities with my wife and kids including an annual week long hiking trip (Phillip's Phamily Phun Hike). I enjoy a working on my fitness. I enjoy music, movies and reading. I love my family and keeping in touch with friends. I make a point to remember people's names. I strive to get to know other people and like most of the people that I know. Our kids are the best. Two are married so we have two incredible in-laws, and a grand dog.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents came from diverse religious backgrounds and when I was born they were church shopping. As an infant I was baptized Lutheran. We had neighbors that were not shy about their church membership. They met with the young missionaries in Roanoke, Virginia and accepted the challenge to read the Book of Mormon and pray to determine if it was true scripture.They were told that they were needed in the church. They were baptized on July 4, 1970. My parents became fully immersed in the lifestyle of the church. We had several Mormon neighbors that had large families, and I had a number of good friends in the church. As a youth, I attended church with my family and developed my own understanding and a deep belief in the principles of the restored church of Jesus Christ. I read the Book of Mormon and earnestly prayed for an testimony. I had no vision or miraculous visitation, but I felt in my heart that God was telling me that it was good and right. I served as a missionary in Montana and Wyoming for two years in the late 80's and learned a great deal more about my relationship with my Father in Heaven and my Savior, Jesus Christ. I had some unique experiences and developed friendships that I still cherish. I convinced the most amazing girl in the world to marry me, and we have five great kids. I find the church and programs for youth and families to be truly inspired by God. I find the guidelines liberating rather than restrictive. I love to see the positive changes in the lives of those that affiliate with the church and those that return to activity. The enthusiasm of new converts is so exciting. I love working with the youth and young adults as they seek a better path.

How I live my faith

I have many opportunities to serve God by serving others. I serve in my business, my community and my Church. I believe that we are all children of the same God. By caring about and for others I'm showing my Father in Heaven that I care. I share my faith and beliefs by trying to live my life in a similar manner that Jesus world want me to and by being open and respectful of other beliefs.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Phillip Bosen
It is natural that we take care members of our congregation first ,but in time of need you will find individual Mormons serving neighbors regardless of faith. The church often organizes members to serve in times of disaster. Individually,and as a church we donate money and time to the aid of all others. People around the world generally are pleased to have Mormon neighbors. I certainly hope that I have shown my neighbors of my desire to be helpful. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Phillip Bosen
Our bodies are gifts from God. I believe that I can do better in every way when my I'm taking good care of my body. When I make a point to eat well, rest and exercise I'm also better connected to God's plan for me. I am better able to serve others. Mormons are slightly more healthy than the average American because of our restrictions on drinking, smoking and drug use. If we would exercise more and eat less we would be even healthier. We are our spirit, but the tabernacle or vessel that is our body is also important. It's similar to a church. The people are really the most important part, but the building can add or detract from the good work that is performed. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Phillip Bosen
The welfare system of the LDS Church is very different from the system of government controlled welfare. When properly administered ,it allows members of the local congregations to assist their neighbors in need through donation of money. The people in need are given an opportunity to serve,rather than be given a hand out. We feel that a person's self worth and self respect can be maintained and even improved as they do what they are able. Short term assistance is emphasized over long term dependence. Self reliance and charity towards others are both core values. Jesus Christ is our example in caring for those less fortunate than ourselves. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Phillip Bosen
We are organized in congregations that are small enough for everyone to get involved. We all need to be needed. We strive to live the scriptural admonition to bear one another's burdens. It really is a community with lots of work to be done. Serving others allows us to begin to understand God's love for them. Show more Show less