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Hi I'm Phillip

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in California but I wasn't a member of the Church at that time. I became a member at age 27.

About Me

After serving in the United States Coast Guard for 23 1/2 years I retired and became a full time school teacher. I am a science teacher by training and this year began teaching sixth grade science. I love it! I am married and have seven children and nine grandchildren. My 90 year old father also lives with us. I love singing and working with wood, but my wife says my favorite hobby is doing family history research. She is probably right! I do love finding out about my ancestors, what they did, where they lived, and who they were.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always believed that there was a supreme being, but never really understood who He was until I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I went to high school with a couple of LDS young men, but never understood much about the church. I thought I was doing fine with my life so I wasn't looking for any religion when the missionaries tracked my neighborhood one day. My wife began talking with them and for the next few weeks if I saw their bicycles at my house when I came home from work I would just go to the store and shop for awhile. They were wise, though, and one day hid their bicycles so I wouldn't know they were at my house. So, when I entered the house they were there. I told them that if they would put away their canned presentation (this was way back when missionaries used flannel boards and a script) and teach me from the heart I would listen. They did and so did I. It didn't take long before the Holy Ghost made known to me the truthfulness of the Gospel. I read the Book of Mormon in about a week and had a strong testimony that it was true. I have always been one to fully commit to anything I do, so, even with the testimony I had of the Book of Mormon and the feelings from the Holy Ghost, I still need one more witness. so, I told Heavenly Father that if he would help me get a job in the military that I was working on I would join the church. Once again, He did His part so I had to do mine, too. The part about eternal families made a lot of sense to me. I was baptized three weeks before I left of officer candidate school. I have never regrertted my decision. The Spirit guides me every day as do the words of the living prophets. I can't imagine life without the Gospel. My only real sorrow is that so many of my relatives and Heavenly Father's children have not been able to hear the restored Gospel.

How I live my faith

I love to serve in the Church. At this point in my life I have done just about everything. My favorites have been working with the youth. I love the spirit they bring to activities and their testimonies. I am currently responsible for planning activities for several of the units in the area in which I live. This has been fun, but challenging. I try to share the Gospel every chance I get. Everyday I pray to recognize the opportunities before me to help others learn about the Church. This has been very rewarding.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Mormons live like anyone else in their area. The biggest difference you would probably see is in the family values and the way they spend their Sabbath day. Mormons believe in families and do what they can to strengthen family ties and to instill family values in each family member. You will also notice that they believe in keeping the Sabbath day holy by not going shopping or going to sporting events on the Sabbath. Instead, they try to do things as a family that focus on Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. In my family you might find us doing family history work, visiting family members or writing to them, or studying the scriptures together. Yes, it is true that active members try to live the Word of Wisdom and refrain from drinking coffee or tea or using tobacco products. Other than these things, though, there isn't much outward differences between a Mormon and any other Christian. We play, we laugh, we work, we cry. It just that we do a lot of those things together. Show more Show less