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Hi I'm Franklin

About Me

I'm a truck driver and so travel around the U.S. quite a lot. I am also retired from the US Army Reserves. I'm married and have four grown children. I strive each day to become a better "Child of God" and to live as Jesus Christ would have me live. I enjoy sharing my faith and beliefs with others but will not "argue" about them with any one and allow all others the same respect.

Why I am a Mormon

I visited many churches when I was searching for a church and faith. I had some basic questions I wanted answers to, these included: "Where did I come from?", "Why are we here on this earth?", and "Where will we go when we leave this life?" I could not accept the doctrine that many churches seem to offer, such as we are here, basically only as a result of a biological event, and that we really don't have a real purpose (other than to exist), and that when we leave this life (and if we were "good") the only thing we have to look forward to is to "stand around and praise the Lord". There had to be more to it, and I found my answers to these and many other questions in the teachings of "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints".

How I live my faith

I try to attend services when I can, this is difficult as I am on the road so much (1 to 2 1/2 weeks at a time). I read the scriptures often and pray/talk to Heavenly Father daily. I try to avoid judging others and to treat everyone with respect and consideration.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Franklin
The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ really lived, that He was and is God’s Son. It contains the writings of ancient prophets. One of these, Lehi, lived in Jerusalem around 600 B.C. God commanded Lehi to lead a small group of people to the American continent. There they became a great civilization. God continued to call prophets among these people. The Book of Mormon is a collection of the writings of their prophets and record keepers. It is named after Mormon, one of the last of these ancient prophets. These prophets knew about Heavenly Father’s plan for His children and the mission of Jesus Christ. They recorded that Christ appeared, after His Resurrection, to the people in America, taught them His gospel, and formed His Church among them. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, testifying of His Atonement and His love. It supports and verifies the Bible. The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:4). I think that there may well be other scriptures which have yet to discovered/revealed to us. Scriptures which may have been "lost" through the generations. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Franklin
The family unit was designed by our Heavenly Father to be an eternal unit. That marriages can last through out all eternity as can our relationships with children and even our extended families. 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. Show more Show less