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Hi I'm Phil

Genealogicaly, my grandchildren are 8th generation members of the church, what does that make me? Yep..."a Mormon!"

About Me

I just turned 66 and consider myself a very young Seniorish Citizen. Like so many in today's economy I retired earlier than planned. I have found this phase of my life to be different, to be interesting and to be, at times, challenging. Rather than having to find the hours to meet the work, I now have to find the work to meet the hours. I am fortunate to have 3 of our 5 children living near and enjoy an active (if not hectic) family association. I never tire watching the constant and continuing drama of life portrayed by my children and grandchildren. I have enjoyed playing and watching sports in my life. Interestingly, as I have aged, my perspective on sports has changed. I have found the "Golden Years" are not without challenges and heartaches and have come to realize, in a very personal way, that life is much more than a game. Though not the most social person, I do enjoy working with and helping people. My hobbies would have to be family, genealogy work, reading and some travel. My life motto is...LIFE IS GOOD

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I suppose, because of my family. I am a 6th geneation member of the church. This does not mean that each generation hasn't had to find the truth for themselves. Like I had to at age 18 when I left home for the first time to attend college at a major university. I suddenly found myself alone, away from parental strength, living in an environment contrary to the one in which I had been raised. I quickly realized that lifestyle did not, nor would it ever, make me happy. That epiphany caused me to examine what I really believed and to study, ponder and pray. Fortunately I didn't have too far to look. But, I had to look. I found the answer to the question of why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon simply because it is true! And the amazing thing...that truth is available for everyone to find. You just have to sincerely look and pray and the promise is you will find an answer to your prayers. Simple, streaight-forward, uncomplicated..it's there, it's true and it works.

How I live my faith

I have been very fortunate to have been born into a culture of service. I was taught from a very early age that true joy only comes from service to others. I have tried to live to that expectation in my life. Though I was involved with the school district for many years with our children, my major volunteer contributions have been given through the organization of the LDS Church. It seems like I have spent my entire adult life working with the youth, especially the young men ages 12 to 18. Most of those years I was working directly, or indirectrly, with the Boy Scouts of America, as a scout leader, or scout supporter. I, along with others, have planned and executed countless scout and youth activities. It has been a great joy in my life to watch youth grow and realize their great potential. Over the years I have had the opportunity to visit the homes of members on a regular basis and offer assistance to them. I have participated in many types of service projects to help where help is needed. I have had the opportunity to teach, counsel and console many who were struggling with personal and family issues. I believe than man is God's greatest and most beloved creation. And, as we serve his children we bring joy not only to ourselves, but to Him.