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Hi I'm Phillip Stafford

I was born and raised in Eagle, Idaho, I'm a sports lover/movie buff/ginger and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in happy home, with my older sister Brittney and my younger brother Michael. From an early age, a displayed a love for people- not a day passed by as a toddler when I wouldn't beg my mom to let me go play with friends. I played baseball and soccer as a kid, before moving solely to baseball, until I fell in love with the game of basketball as a teenager. I tried (and failed miserably) in track, and found a new-found love for music that I didn't know I had in choir. I graduated from high school and began attending college at Brigham Young University in Provo, where I quickly discovered I had no idea how to cook or establish a regular sleeping pattern. Nevertheless, I persevered and survived; now, I am preparing to serve a full-time LDS church mission to Stockholm Sweden.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon. The Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is something I have been familiar with for a long time, as I followed the example of my family members and friends. But, there comes a time when you can no longer rely upon the faith and testimony of others. Throughout my association with the church, I have had small and simple experiences that have been able to grow my testimony. There was a time in my life where I struggled with my faith, where I didn't really want to have anything to do with the gospel, but it was through the continuing examples and love form my friends and family that the gospel of Jesus Christ is something that I will always want in my life. One of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon says that the only way that we can truly be happy is when we are living in harmony with the Lord's plan. Through my mistakes and experiences, I have come to know this to be true, that I am truly happier when I am following the commandments and striving to be a better friend, neighbor, brother, and one day a husband and father. If there is one thing that I have come to know, it is that thousands of years ago, a man named Jesus Christ loved me and everyone else enough to sacrifice his live, so that I may have the chance to return to my Heavenly Father after I die. It doesn't seem enough to me that my only purpose in this life is survive as long as I can. There is more to life than that. I can't imagine my life without the Church and the happiness it brings, and I want to be able to share that happiness with other people.

How I live my faith

I have always had a testimony about the power of leading by example. I had always had great role models in my life who had a profound impact on how I wanted to live my life, even if at that time I was not aware of their examples. Also, growing up with a younger brother that looks up to you gives a sense of responsibility to live in a way that my parents would be proud of and my brother would admire, even if my younger brother is a much better person than I could ever hope to be. I think that whatever I do, whether it be teaching toddlers in Sunday School or trying to share my beliefs with people in the streets of Stockholm, its important to live in such a way that people can respect and admire you and what you stand for.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Phillip Stafford
I love my family so much, and the Church teaches that we can maintain these family relationships for all of eternity, if we choose to live righteously. This is comforting and reassuring to me, that if someone were to happen to my family or me, I know that one day I will be able to see them again. This is possible because of the restored priesthood and sealing power given to Joseph Smith. Being sealed to my family is one of the greatest blessings that I know. Show more Show less