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Hi I'm Phil

I grew up in New York. I love music, my family, and basketball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up, my mom used to say, "Phillip, you live and breathe basketball. Maybe it's time to do something else." Without hesitation, my answer every time was, "Ha! No way." After one semester of college, I realized she was probably right, but it is still and always will be one of my favorite hobbies. I grew up in a big family with 10 kids. In New York, that definitely wasn't the social norm, but I absolutely loved it, and wouldn't trade it for anything. At times, it may have been hectic and (almost always) cramped, but it only made the love that my family felt for each other grow. Lastly, I love food, and I love people. I especially love people who make (delicious) food, which makes my mother my favorite person on earth. I love trying new things, whether it be tasting exotic food like jerked chicken, or making a new friend.

Why I am a Mormon

Looking back, I can easily say that I coasted through life most of my years, and any problems I had were very trivial. It wasn't until my last couple years of high school that I really began to encounter challenges on a personal level that made life difficult. Previously, I had always believed what my parents had taught me was true, but I think my efforts to live what I believed were best described using a very cliche term: "Going through the motions." It wasn't until I really tried to live what I thought was true that I reaped the blessings of doing what was right. Life became much easier, I became much happier, and most important, I received direction in life. I have a testimony of prayer and scripture. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only thing in life that never fails to make me consistently happy. The joy that it makes me feel is unparalleled, and I love it.

How I live my faith

I think I do many things to live my faith. I attend meetings on a weekly basis, and fulfill my church callings. Most import to me, however, would be my effort to be an example of what I believe. I like to think I take every opportunity I can to go out of my way and do service, to help those in need of help, and do what I think is right. I strive to become more Christ-like by making small decisions on a daily basis, and building my faith by doing what I know is right.