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Hi I'm Phil

I'm a husband, a father of four, and a student that desperately wants to be done with school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a very young father of four. When I met my wife six years ago, she was a widow with three children. We dated for a year and then were married. We had our fourth child a few years later. I guess you could say I jumped head first into being a dad. A lot of people thought I was crazy, and they were probably right. I didn't see it that way though. I fell in love with my wife and her kids so quickly and easily that it wasn't a hard decision to make. I'm not just a regular dad; I'm an autism dad. My three oldest all have autism. Two of them are nonverbal, and raising them is very challenging. There's never a typical day at my house. Sometimes it's absolute chaos, although whether that's the autism or the fact that they're kids has yet to be determined. My wife is the bread winner while I stay home with the kids. Being home with my kids has stretched me further than I ever thought possible. I'm a better man because of it. I am a student. I take night classes at the university here in town. I have a BA in Theatre with an education emphasis. I'm finishing up my second BA in English Teaching. I hope to eventually teach high school. I love working with at risk kids. I hope to be able to do that for a living one day. I'm an amateur playwright. I've had a couple of my pieces produced. I even won a writing award for a short film I did a few years back. Although school and family life have slowed my efforts there, I hope to continue writing all my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a family that attended the LDS church. I chose to join the church when I was eight years old. However, while growing up, I only attended church because it's what was expected of me. I didn't really doubt it, but I don't know that I truly believed it either. When I was fifteen, I decided to read The Book of Mormon for the first time. Up to this point, I had struggled keeping the commandments. I had some friends that were bad influences on me, and I wasn't sure what to do about it. My parents taught me to go to the Lord for help in times of need. I did just that through prayer and careful study of The Book of Mormon. As I read it, so many feelings and thoughts came to me. I had feelings of peace, that everything would be okay. I felt the love of my Heavenly Father. I also had very distinct and profound impressions that The Book of Mormon was from God. I knew that God had a plan for me, and that I needed to make some changes to follow that plan. Through prayer and studying The Book of Mormon, I came to know for myself that God does live, that Jesus Christ is my personal savior, that God has again called prophets to reveal his word just as he did in biblical times, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints (you know, the Mormons) is the only true and living church on the entire earth. God is at the head of this church, It is His. Knowing these things gave me courage to stand for what I felt to be right. I changed my friends and I have continued to make changes for the better ever since. The feelings I had reading The Book of Mormon for the first time have never left me. They have only grown with time. I know that God lives and He has revealed many things and continues to reveal many things through prophets he calls today. The knowledge I have has meant everything to me. I know I am God's son , and he loves me. I know there is purpose in life. I know all these things by His Holy Spirit. This is God's church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church meetings, reading the scriptures every day, and praying often. These things help me to be a better person. In our area I work with a couple other men to organize a Sunday school class for just the men in our congregation. In this class we get to share and discuss the gospel from the standpoints of men, husbands and fathers. I often lead the discussion in class. I also help organize activities for the men and their families every few months so that we can get to know each other outside of a church setting. We also try to organize help for neighbors that are in need. We also try to visit members of our congregation often to make sure that everyone is doing well physically, mentally and spiritually. It's definitely great to work with the men in my area.