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Hi I'm Phil

Hi! I grew up in Moab, Utah, and yes, I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I always enjoyed taking apart things and then putting them back together again. This fascination grew into a desire to repair things that were broken. Eventually, I went to Rick's College (Now Brigham Young University-Idaho) where I obtained Associates degrees in Automotive Engineering Technology, Industrial Education, and Automotive Small Business Management. I went on to get a B.S. degree in Automotive Service Technology, and worked for Toyota Motor Sales for a few years. During a down-turn in the world economy, I was laid off, and made my way to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where I completed a Masters degree in Technology Education. From there, I was accepted into The Ohio State University's Technology Education Doctoral Program, where I prepared to be a professor of Technology Education. After studying 3 years there, I successfully defended my dissertation, and was subsequently hired by Eastern Michigan University, where I am today. I am married to a lovely lady from Japan, and we have three sons and a daughter.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS church. Living in Moab, Utah, I took for granted my membership in the LDS church. I followed the traditional roles that most young men in the LDS church follow, such as being baptized a member of the LDS church at age 8, going on an LDS mission at age 19, getting married in an LDS temple when I had found a female companion to whom I wanted to be with for time and for all eternity, and having children to love and to teach. One thing that my wife and I cherish is the time that we can spend with our children, reading the holy scriptures. One of the scriptures used by the LDS members is the Book of Mormon. When I read the Book of Mormon, I feel at peace because I know that my Heavenly Father loves me, and that he will help me to accomplish every task that arises before me. Also, when I read the Book of Mormon, I feel the Holy Ghost with me. I read at least one chapter each morning, and I can honestly say that I feel the Holy Ghost stay with me throughout the day. I find that my day goes better when I read the Book of Mormon in the morning. I have read the Book of Mormon several times. I have prayed to my Heavenly Father to know if it is a true book, and I have received a personal witness of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is a true book of scripture. I recommend highly that, if anyone wishes to know more about the LDS church, he or she should read the Book of Mormon, with a sincere heart, prayerfully seeking to understand the truthfulness of the book.

How I live my faith

I currently help my ward in the LDS church by serving as a home teacher. In simple terms, a home teacher is a man who, accompanied by another man, visits a member of the LDS Church once a month to visit with them, to deliver a spiritual message, and to offer any assistance that the family may need. In addition, we report to our supervisor any service, food, clothing, or spiritual needs that the family may have. I also serve as a cub scout den leader.