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Hi I'm Phil

I live in South Carolina. I work in schools helping kids. I have 3 beautiful girls and a wonderful wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of 3 girls that keep me very busy. I am a school psychologist and I love figuring out how to help children learn. I am a football and basketball fan, and I enjoy cycling when I get the time. I am also a technology junkie.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, my parents were raised in the Church, my grandparents were raised in the Church, but this is not why I am a Mormon. I am Mormon because it is the best way I know how to be happy. My religious beliefs and the role of religion in my life became even more clear to me when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease, that same week my wife and I found out we were expecting our first child. Through the trial of having cancer, and then the blessing of having children, I have come to know that God is very aware of me and what I need. Although the type of cancer that I had was very curable, it still forced me to slow down and consider the temporary nature of this earth life. It helped my perspective become more eternal in nature. I always knew that there was an afterlife, but being sick helped give me an opportunity to consider what comes next. I am so grateful that God has a plan for me. I have discovered that he has a purpose for the trials he sends my way although I sometimes don't understand why until years later. I am also grateful for Jesus Christ who made it possible for me to repent of my mistakes. I can testify that true healing, the kind of healing that can last eternally, is possible through his great sacrifice.

How I live my faith

First, I try to be a good husband and father. It is not always easy to be patient with my kids and I am grateful for the encouragement that I get each week at church as I learn and interact with other parents who are trying just like I am. Second, I try to be a good citizen, and good employee, and a good neighbor. While at work, I try to see each person that I work with as God sees them, as one of his son's or daughter's. I am not always successful, but keeping this perspective helps me find great fulfillment in my work. I try to look for ways to serve others around me. I am a selfish person by nature, but I have learned that when I am helping and serving others I feel much happier.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

This is a question that I seem to get at work. Some people ask it jokingly, but I think deep down they really wonder if myself or someone in my family practices polygamy. I don't think the popular media has helped. I assure them that I only have one wife and that if a member of our church does practice polygamy they are excommunicated. Show more Show less