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Hi I'm Philip

I grew up in rural Utah. I am an uncle of 18! I am a Mormon, and above all, I am a child of God.

About Me

I love being outdoors so I camp and ride my bike as often as I can. Nature is my number one way of connecting with God. Spending time with my family is something I can't get enough of! Some of my happiest memories have been made with them, and I look forward to making many more. I try to be musical (I'm an intermediate clarinetist) and I love to write fiction. Learning is a passion of mine, and you will often find me with my nose in a book or researching some off-the-wall subject online. I love going to school and it seems like the more homework I have, the happier I am. "If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability." ~Henry Ford~

Why I am a Mormon

There are many things I had hoped to accomplish by my thirties but some irresponsible choices I made in my late teens caused me to lose track of all my goals. I planned to go on a mission, get a college degree and get married to the love of my life and have many beautiful children. I loved attending church and hanging out with uplifting friends. I was kind to my family and others. Honesty and integrity were things I worked hard for. Then I started using drugs and acting out on my same-gender attraction. At first it was exciting and new. I felt like I was finally discovering who I really was. I was having so much fun! Deep in my soul, though, I knew that what I was doing was wrong. My "friends" at that time always told me I couldn't change who I was, that it was okay to be gay and use drugs in moderation. I wanted to believe them so badly but the Spirit reminded me often that I was living in sin and I would never find happiness unless I changed. A war between my flesh and spirit had begun, one that would last for years. Finally, in my late twenties, I made an extremely poor choice and ended up in prison. I couldn't decide which was worse: being trapped in a spiritual prison or behind metal bars. I didn't care much for either and took this trial as an opportunity to humble myself and seek out help. Hope is why I have come to embrace the true Gospel. After all the muck I have trodden through, Christ and His Atonement are the only ways to be cleansed. Hope brings light to the darkness and relief in times of pain. I feel pain everyday but being a member of the Church helps me to bear it, knowing that one day I will be in eternal rest. Hope isn't some whimsical emotion but a bright and loving beacon that has given me the strength to push on and never give up. If I didn't know the true Gospel, I wouldn't know this hope and I can't imagine my life without it.

How I live my faith

Service is something I strive for each day but I've always been hard on myself when it comes to service. I always feel like I don't do it enough but my friends and family always remind me of my kindness, and this is an act of service all on its own. I love smiling and laughing with others because I know just how therapeutic it can be, especially with so much chaos in today's world. If people are sick, I make an effort to cheer them up by leaving flowers and balloons at their door. I always used to think that serving others meant taking up a lot of time and money but sometimes all it takes is a smile and some kind words.