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Hi I'm Phillip Hurlbut

Raised in Arizona, my career always centered on customer service. I love singing, writing fiction, and being with my family.

About Me

My parents raised me in an atmosphere of creativity. My siblings and I have all grown to appreciate fine art, great music, theater and literature on varied levels from origami to ancient texts and modern art. We all find ourselves reveling the the creative process when ever we can. My love for books have at an early age prompted me on to create my own stories. I always have several projects in the works at any one time. While I have never been published, I feel that the theatrical scripts I have written for church functions have been well received and uplifting to both the audience and the participants. I am also a fan of music and love any opportunity I have to sing for others, whether as a soloist or in a group. My greatest success, though, is manifest through my children. They have all now left the nest, but, have found that their mother's prediction that they would all become each other's best friends has become a fact. My wife and I enjoy every opportunity we have to visit them and their children.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in their adult years. They raised me according to the principles of the restored gospel. I recall making a definite decision at the age of twelve to abide by the doctrines I had been taught. As I entered college, I began to seek for some confirmation that the religion of my youth truly came from God. Not that I doubted, but I had never experienced the manifestation of truth by the Holy Ghost promised to those who seek truth. At age nineteen I chose to serve a mission for my church, accepting a call to serve in Sweden for two years. My first night in Sweden as I knelt to pray I asked God if the Book of Mormon was truly as much scripture as the Bible is. Up until then I had practiced my religion on faith alone. But, that night everything changed. My prayer was answered. I received a spiritual confirmation that the Book of Mormon and the restored gospel that it represented was truly of God. I was no longer just a believer. I had become a witness. From that day I have tried to be faithful in sharing my testimony of these truths whenever the opportunity has made itself available.

How I live my faith

I love to read the scriptures. Reading them every day helps ground me in my faith in Jesus Christ and his gospel and in my discipleship to him. I have come to understand that my unselfish thoughts and acts are the ones that will have an impact on the eternities. If only my understanding of this principle was matched by my practice of it. But that is what being human is about; learning our weaknesses, and trying to improve upon them. Fortunately, the Gospel of Jesus Christ offers support, and hope, and tender mercies from heaven that guide me, sustain me, and brush away the discouragement when I stumble. Membership in the church has given me plenty of opportunities to serve and develop my talents. I have taught classes on many levels, led and sung in choirs, written and directed plays. I have worked on construction projects, assisted in humanitarian aid and participated in youth camp expeditions When called upon to serve in administrative capacities, I have learned that the needs of the individual are paramount. My membership in the church has broadened my perspective to better see others as Christ sees them and treat them accordingly