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Hi I'm Phil

My family 4 generations back came to Utah. I grew up near San Francisco and have been a Computer geek for 50 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the San Francisco bay area in the 50's and 60's. I was hooked on science when sputnik was launched. I now have 2 degrees in Computer Science and have worked on a fairly complex brokerage accounting system until I retired a few months ago. When I was young I was intrigued with sailing and would visit the SF Maritime Museum to learn more about modeling ships. I have built my own wooden sailboat and love to sail it in on the Great Salt Lake and other lakes in Utah. I love anything to do with water; I scuba, water ski, snorkel, surf, boat etc. I also like various forms of flying. I was a Naval Flight officer in the US Navy. I have 5 children who live within walking distance of my home. I have 13 grandchildren that are all well loved. When I was 20 I served as a Missionary in New Zealand. My wife and are going to serve a seniors mission in New Zealand.

Why I am a Mormon

My family on all lines for 4 generations came to Utah when the early pioneers came there. Most came for religious reasons, having joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints very early in its beginning. Many had immigrated from Nauvoo, Illinois to Utah and some were aquainted with Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church. Some of my relatives were not originally Mormons when they moved to Utah, but came here from Ireland in search of a place where they could build good lives. This great heritage has been a great strength to me and has reinforced my Faith in Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am a member of the LDS Church. I have devoted my life to Christ and his Church. I have been particularly active with the Boy Scouts of America. I have even been a Scoutmaster of a Laotian Troop. I have accepted many various callings in my congregation. I have not been without a church assignment for more than a few weeks at a time for my adult life. I have been asked to work with the youth, non-members, adults and I have always seen my talents and abilities grow from these opportunities to serve. The most unusual "church job" I had was to work with young boys 8 to 18 in a residential treatment facility where the boys would come to live away from their families to help them learn to make adjustments to their lives so they could return to normal life.