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Hi I'm Phil

I grew up in Phoenix, AZ. I am a Mormon. I served a mission for the church in Uruguay. I love family reunions.

About Me

I am an Eagle Scout. I completed the work for my university bachelor's degree in Accounting. Then, I served four years in the US Army as a linguist. That was followed by two years working for a family business in making custom built kitchen cabinets. Then, I worked 28 years for the US government as a budget analyst. I was married 18 years to my first wife who died of cancer before she reached the age of 40. We had five children. I remarried six months later to a single mother with seven children, many of them the same age as my children. This became a yours-mine-and-ours family a year later when our daughter was born. I love to jog, both to relieve stress and to be involved in physical exercise that keeps my weight under control. I have sung in high school and college choirs. I have played multiple instruments. I have played in multiple bands and orchestras and a great string ensemble. Obviously, music is very important in my life. I have been an actor on stage in school, civic, and church productions, including musicals. I have been very involved in several sports through grade school, high school and college. In addition to being a sort of sports nut, I also enjoy reading well written novels. I also like to play Dr. Mario, tetris, and sudoku puzzles.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into a family where my parents and older siblings were already members of the church, I did personally gain my own personal testimony and conviction that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints truly is the Church of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ is the Redeemer of the World and He is my Savior. I am grateful for his love and mercy towards me. I know He encourages me to serve others and strive to bring a ray of hope or a ray of sunshine into the lives of everyone I meet. In my middle teen years, I sometimes struggled to live righteously, to live by every word that proceeded forth from the mouth of God. Through much personal prayer, I began to realize that the Lord was willing to help me if I was willing to make and keep sacred covenants or promises. I am grateful for His tender mercies. He has shown me many ways to help and serve others. I have served in leadership assignments. I have served as a scoutmaster and for many years as a troop committee chairman helping 24 young men to obtain the Eagle Scout Award. I have worked with hundreds of people in the church's missionary programs to proclaim the gospel. What a marvelous experience it is to see someone's whole countenance light up when the Lord bears witness to them individually that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to earth in its fulness.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have had many wonderful experiences. I have enjoyed getting to know other members of the church through the home teaching assignments that I have received. I also greatly enjoy getting to know my neighbors in each of the dozen communities where I have lived. I love to be of service. I have freely given many hours of my time to the following activities: weeding cotton fields, harvesting cotton, bundling newspapers in 100 pound bundles, gutting tons of tuna fish, canning baked tuna, mucking stalls for dairy cattle, mucking out under chicken pens in huge buildings, packaging gelatin, building grain storage bins, pruning peach trees, thinning thousands of peaches, harvesting thousands of peaches, mowing lawns, weeding gardens, coaching soccer teams for 8, 9, and 10 year olds. I love to teach gospel principles and doctrines to the youth of the church. I have enjoyed participating in civic affairs having worked on a municipal bond committe and having served in a different city on the city planning commission. Since I truly believe that the US Constitution was divinely inspired, I try in various ways to encourage others uphold the Constitution and its well outlined principles. Many times, there have been opportunities for me to share what I believe with neighbors and co-workers. I love my family. I love sharing the good things that have been given to me with the members of my family. I love my wife. She is my best friend. When challenges come, and they do come, I am so grateful for her strength and love and steadiness. Together, we love to spend time with our children and grandchildren. It is wonderfully amazing to see the variety of circumstances and challenges that occur in the lives of our many family members. I love family reunions. I am grateful for the support of my family in the many different things that I choose to do.