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Hi I'm Phil

I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I love to snowboard and spend time with family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of five children, with my eldest brother being 18 years my senior. I have a couple of nephews and nieces, all of whom I love to spend time with. I love to read, though I feel like I never have time to do so anymore, but I try to squeeze it in as often as possible. I am a big fan of snowboarding and skiing, and I hope to go every season. I am currently attending college, and hope to go to medical school, though what specific field of medicine, I am not currently Sure.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a very logical person, and I tend to look for a lot of evidence before accepting something as valid. Throughout my life, I have had innumerable experiences that showed to me how much God cares about us as people, from the contact I have with friends, to the beauty of the world around me. I know that God does live, and He has made a path for us to follow, should we so choose to desire to be with Him again. I love that fact. I don't need great miracles to know that God exists, because it is the small details that prove to me His existence, and more importantly, His love for me. Such little things, like calming me down during a guitar audition, have made an enormous and profound effect on my life, I can't help but love what He has done for me, and love Him for providing such a simple way to return to Him.

How I live my faith

I love to engage myself with other people, and to share my knowledge of anything to the people that I meet, because I know that knowledge is a very powerful tool that can be used to bring about a lot of good in the world. Currently, I teach a class every couple of Sundays, but I more regularly organize small group activities with various other people in the ward. Very shortly, however, I will be serving as a full-time missionary in Mexico, which I am ecstatic to begin.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The official church statement regarding the purpose of life is great! Receive a body, exercise agency, learn and gain experiences, and form relationships. I advocate all of these, but to add a more personal touch, I would add that men (meaning both men and women) live to "have joy" (2 Nephi 2:25). I really think that joy is crucial in this life, but I also believe it is harder to achieve than people think. I don't associate joy with partying and other fun activities, because they bring temporary joy. I'm in no way saying that having fun is not good, but having joy is better, which I find comes more from helping other people, and learning to love everyone. Victor Hugo very eloquently said, "to love another person is to see the face of God." I firmly believe this, and I stand by it when I say that love is the essence of joy. That is why I try to love as freely as I can, because it is what I believe is the purpose of life. God loves everyone, and I think that if we are striving to become more God-like, then we must also love our neighbors. Show more Show less