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Hi I'm Phill Shanklin

I'm from Atlanta, Georgia and I grew up for some time in Baltimore, Maryland. I love sports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in a hectic environment. My father was a drinker and my mother had other issues and is currently married to her partner. I was adopted when I was 10 years old, into a family that was young and had two kids. I am now the oldest of five children and am serving a mission in the Nevada Las Vegas West Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am a college student and will be participating in the Pathway program upon the conclusion of my two-year service. I love everything about the outdoors. I played football, ran track, and wrestled throughout my high school career. I love to camp and just hang out with friends. The midnight Betos/ fast-food runs are always welcome and you can always find me eating and socializing. I love to lift weights and exercise. I will be majoring in Business Management and hopefully minoring in mathematics. I look to also receive an education in sports management and sports training after I complete my masters' degree of business. My future ambitions are to have a family of my own and to one day become a CEO or own my own business.

Why I am a Mormon

I can bear testimony of every single thing I know to be true and why I decided to be baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Since I was a little boy, I was very interested in going to church. The idea of having a place I could go to every Sunday was exciting and being but a little boy, I didn't really know what I wanted out of church, but that I wanted it. I was 9 years old when I decided to join the church, I knew, at that young age, that the spirit I felt was real, and it has only since then been proven to me over and over. I have read the Book of Mormon and I know it to be the word of God. I know that each story and experience of every prophet and person was an experience that was meant to bear witness to me the power and divinity of the gospel in my life. I know that the heavens are open, as they were in times of Old with Adam, Moses, Abraham, and so forth. Why would revelation like that never exist after the atonement and apostasy? Did Christ not Atone for the sins of man so that we can return to be in the presence of our Father? I know that the atonement of Jesus Christ is real and only by repenting and using the atonement will be be able to return and live with God again in our perfected bodies. I know that The Lord had a plan for all of us in sending us down to Earth to receive the experience of mortality. The spirit has born solemn witness to me of the validity of the gospel and the restoration of the Church of Christ on this Earth. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet and a messenger and servant in opening the last dispensation. I know that after we die that we will, by and through the atonement of Jesus Christ, be washed of all of our sins and have the opportunity to live with God again. I know that families can be eternal through the sealing power of the priesthood. I know the priesthood is the power and authority of God given to man to assist in the Gathering of Israel. I know that this gospel is the truth.

How I live my faith

I am a strong believer that if you know something to be true that you should stick with that firm knowledge. I have had the opportunity to be an instrument in several service projects and other callings in my faith. The most fulfilling to me has been the opportunities of being a home teacher and an active member of my quorum. There was one instance that I actually was involved in a service project, where we took food to a family for Christmas. Little did I know, but, I afterwards found out, this family was on the brink of losing a lot of their items and didn't have much for gifts for Christmas. We walked up to their door after unloading the food and essentially doorbell ditched them. I think they eventually found out who was responsible for this act of love and mischief, but it really stood firm in my heart that Heavenly Father looks out for his faithful children in more ways than we can fully comprehend. I also am a diligent home teacher. I loved having the calling of sharing spiritual messages and assisting my "hometeachees" in whatever they needed. Whether it was taking out their trash, giving blessings and assisting when they were sick, or even just making new friends, I loved it.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Phill Shanklin
I'm currently a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The reason that I proselyte is because I know that the things I share are true. In the end we invite others to come unto Christ by helping them build their faith and receive answers to their questions and prayers. It has been extremely comforting to me to be able to feel the comfort of God's love through things such as reading the Book of Mormon and kneeling and praying to God and establishing that relationship. In the end the people we share these things decide whether they want to listen or not, and we respect that. Show more Show less