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Hi I'm Phil

I grew up in Shropshire, have lived in Cheshire and Derbyshire, now i'm back in Shropshire and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am a Husband, Father and Grandfather and feel a great responsibility to teach my family good principles of life. I love my family, they are my life , but in addition to family there is also me. In my spare time I love to sing. I sing tenor in a Barbershop chorus. A chorus is made up of a group of male singers usually more than 4. Through Barbershop I have travelled the UK and Europe and have participated in British Association of Barbershop Singers annual convention, the largest Barbershop convention outside of the United States. I work in financial services and have done for 28 years. I find the opportunities to give sound financial advice work's in harmony with my faith and the teachings of the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the gospel from the age of 9, after my Mother moved next door to a Mormon family. Unfortunately my mother struggled to live gospel principles and from the age of 12, I attended Church on my own. The Chapel was a 7 mile cycle ride away and each turn of the pedals that I made I believe strengthened my resolve to live the gospel and work on my testimony. I decided to serve as a full time missionary around the age of 14 and took every opportunity to work with the missionary Elders. I left for the mission field as soon as I was old enough to do so. I believed I had a testimony of the gospel and I did, however within the first month of missionary service I received an unforgettable confirmation within my heart and mind, that Joseph Smith is a prophet and he did see God the Father and the Saviour Jesus Christ. I had no doubt. I think this was the first time I had recognised the feeling of the spirit, although I am sure I have been influenced by the spirit my whole life. This single experience has stayed with me ever since and during times of adversity, to know God lives and knows me for who I am and whom I can become, is a great strength and helps me put lifes trials into perspective. I am grateful for the gospel teachings and the safety that comes by living the principles taught and the peace I feel by doing so. I am a mormon, and blessed for being one.

How I live my faith

Every year I participate with my unit friends in the annual summer fare. We call it LDS helping hands. We volunteer in a number of activities including advertising, selling programme's, car parking assistance, security and cleaning up the field at the end of the day. Its great fun to help others have fun and I always come away feeling tired but fulfilled. In addition to helping in the community I serve in the church and teach the gospel. This requires personal study on a daily basis and preparation time for Sunday meeting. All of which help me be the individual that I am.