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Hi I'm Phillip

I'm a computer geek, a former Baptist Minister, a hydrocephalus patient, I have Asperger's Syndrome and I am a Mormon

About Me

I was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 1999 and was an extreme anti-Mormon. I am 30 years old and have grown up southern Baptist. I have always had the leading to minister in Jesus name, and even started a ministry with several friends. I was an active persecutor of The Church. I used to love to get the missionaries into my house to bash them. I met my now wife on E-Harmony.com in January 2004 and it was not until we started talking that I found out she was LDS. My church at the time tried to stop me. Firstly because she was LDS and secondly because we had not been through their premarital process. Their premarital process involved 6 weeks of intensive one on one and couples counseling finally ending with them giving us "God's Blessing" they even had the nerve to say that only they could grant God's blessing and without God's blessing from them our marriage was doomed. They advised me to date her, convert her and dump her. They also told me I was absolutely not, under any circumstances to pray with her. I married my wife and she said she would follow me as head of the household where ever I led us. I did not know that she was praying and planting seeds all this time to see me find the Truth of the fullness of the Gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I had been searching and studying for years, I have 40 hours of bachelors course work in religion, and I was still looking for fulfillment, happiness and joy. When we visited the ward everyone went out of their way to introduce themselves. My wife was excited to find out that there were sister missionaries in our ward and invited them over. They came over and went through the principles of the Gospel and everything clicked. I prayed for an answer about the truth of the book of Mormon and the prophetic office of Joseph Smith, the Gospel and the LDS church. my answer came and I was baptized July 31, 2004.  

How I live my faith

I am the Congregation's Technology Specialist, which means when the computers break I am the one they call. When they need equipment set up for services, I am the one they call. I am a computer geek, So I am actively involved in online activities and spreading the light of Christ through digital media. I am actively involved as a member missionary with my wife. Having the Missionaries in our home is one of the greatest joys of our lives. I am also an active Amateur radio operator (Ham) where I participate with church nets and ARES nets (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) to help keep people in our area safe from severe weather.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Being prepared for potential emergencies helps us to become self-reliant. Becoming self-reliant provides more personal independence, industry, thrift and self respect. It also gives more opportunity to serve and care for others in need. If you are prepared then you will not react out of fear. If you react out of fear then you will panic and panic will make the situation worse. If you are prepared then you can help others. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

In “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” many Mormon beliefs about families are outlined. One of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ core beliefs is that family relationships can last forever—not just for this life. Just as some of life’s sweetest joys can come through family associations, the loss of a beloved family member can be a source of our deepest sorrows. But death does not need to be the end of our relationships with cherished loved ones. The Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith that the “same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there [in eternity], only it will be coupled with eternal glory” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:2). Family members who accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ and follow His example can be together forever through sacred ordinances performed in God’s holy temples. Jesus gave to Peter the power to have things sealed on earth and sealed in heaven (Matthew 16:19). This same sealing power was restored to Joseph Smith. Mormon’s believe that they can be “sealed” or bound together through His power enabling them to live together in eternity. Family is our first and most important social unit. It is where we learn the most important lessons on earth. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

The official church answer is:Throughout time, God has given His servants, the prophets, the authority to act in His name. This authority is called the priesthood. Jesus Christ gave the priesthood to His original Twelve Apostles by ordination (see John 15:16), and they directed the work of His Church after Jesus ascended to heaven. But after the Apostles were killed, the priesthood gradually disappeared from the earth. In 1829 Joseph Smith received the priesthood authority to organize Christ’s Church from Heavenly Messengers who had held this authority anciently including the prophet John the Baptist and apostles Peter, James, and John. In 1830 the same Church of Jesus Christ that existed centuries ago was organized and restored to the earth. The priesthood has two divisions. The lesser priesthood is called the Aaronic Priesthood, named after Aaron in the Old Testament. It includes the authority to preach the gospel of repentance and to baptize. The greater priesthood is called the Melchizedek Priesthood, named after Melchizedek in the Old Testament. It includes the authority to preside over the Church and to perform all ordinances, including giving the gift of the Holy Ghost. To explain what this means to me, God has given certain people direct power to act in His name, that power is the Priesthood. Jesus, Peter, James, John and John the Baptist are the only ones with the authority to pass that on... and without that you are only acting on a man's authority. Show more Show less