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Hi I'm Frank

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Chicago IL but have lived in Phoenix since 1987. Before that my family and I lived in Reno NV.

About Me

I spent nine years as an officer in the US Army during the Vietnam War. I worked for the Social Security Administration in various capacities for 26 years. I am a college graduate and earned a Master's degree in 1990 while working full time. I retired in 2003 and spend my time caring for aged and ill family members, volunteering at the Church cannery, thrift store and Temple. My wife Jeanne is also retired. We like to travel to National Parks and enjoy opera and plays. Jeanne likes to make quilts and crochet. I like cycling, canoeing, target shooting and fishing. We both like to hike and read. For several years we both backpacked in the Grand Canyon. When we travel, we like to learn about the plants and animals, the geology of the region, the history of places we visit and any cultural events that distinguish these places from others. We hope to be able to travel through Canada and Alaska in our motor home if our health permits. But first we want to serve a full-time mission. Our three children are grown and independent. Our oldest is a CPA with an accounting firm in Scottsdal Our youngest is the mother of our 2 year-old grandson and our middle child lives with us and will enter the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in August. Jeanne and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary in January. Each of us was married before and we are very grateful that we found each other.

Why I am a Mormon

My first marriage ended in divorce after eleven years. When I left the Army I settled in Phoenix AZ. I met my wife while working on a temporary job for the Census Bureau. She was Mormon but was not active in her Church. I was a divorced Catholic and was also not practicing my religion. We fell in love and were married after a 16 month courtship. After five years we had our first child. We discussed which Church to raise our children in. I felt her Church was a better choice because her faith was stronger than mine. I often attended church services and social events with my family but had no desire to learn more or be baptized, even though I was unable to fully practice my own faith because of my divorce. As time wore on, I realized I was in a spiritual dead end. I also realized that by smoking and drinking I was not a good example for our children. I encountered additional stress at work that resulted in an increase in my drinking. That put a strain on our relationship. For a while, we were not a very happy family. We had good home teachers who visited regularly to deliver spiritual messages. I would be present and found their messages good. There was nothing objectionable or containing anything with which I could not agree. We also received a Church magazine with talks by the Church leaders as well as stories from members describing how they overcame challenges. Frequently while my family was at Church I would read these articles. Again, the messages spoke of the love of our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I had to decide whether it was better to continue as I was or to perhaps join the Church. I did not want to just go through the motions. I had to believe everything that the LDS Church taught. One day, two missionary sisters called. They knew I was not a member. They asked if I would be interested in learning more about the Church and I replied yes. I was baptized in December 1993 at the age of 51.

How I live my faith

Once I joined the Church, I became very busy. I stopped smoking and drinking. I had tried many times before to stop smoking. I had never tried to stop drinking. I just resolved to try my best and ask the Lord for help. He made it so easy for me. I began paying tithing. That was another challenge that the Lord made easy. Just pay your tithing first and everything fell into place. Not that it wasn't a sacrifice but we managed to meet our needs. Since we have no paid clergy, everything is done by the members. I was asked to serve as an assistant Cub Scout leader. I also became a home teacher with a more experienced member and visited our assigned families each month. I learned about the priesthood authority and was ordained. I learned about Temples and prepared to enter with my family after I had been a member for a year. I learned how to research my family's history and traced my family back several generations. I learned how to teach lessons from the Scriptures and Church manuals. I also participated, with my family, in numerous social events that involved our children and other members of our Ward. I have more friends now than I have ever had before. I learned about the history of the Church and more of the doctrines handed down by the Lord through His prophet Joseph Smith. I read the Book of Mormon and the other Scriptures often.. Our family spent each Monday in a "Family Home Evening" in which we engaged in activities and spent time teaching our children, baking brownies or playing games. I learned how to prepare and bless the Sacrament at church. There have been many opportunities to serve others and I volunteered in numerous projects. I have had many callings, lasting anywhere from several months to several years. Nobody has ever told me what to do. The Church offers opportunities to serve and each member can accept or decline as he/she sees fit. I have a testimony from the Holy Spirit that this Church is true. I am very happy as a Mormon.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

I gained a testimony that our Church is true by reading the Book of Mormon and other Scriptures and by praying to Heavenly Father to guide me in making the correct choice. Over a period of several weeks I continued to pray and read. It is a very difficult decision to renounce a faith you were raised in and embrace another. I thought about Henry VIII establishing the Anglican Church because he could not obtain a church-sanctioned divorce. I thought of the struggles Martin Luther must have endured before he broke with the his Church over the issue of indulgences and other matters. I tried to reason out the differences between the Mormon and Catholic to decide which was true. For me the crux of the matter hinged on whether God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith. If that was true the choice was simple. If it was not, then the LDS Church was built on either a fraud or a delusion. I can tell you that the answer came not as a result of persuasive arguments, reasoned logic or even by what would be the popular choice. It was the testimony of the Holy Ghost that revealed to me that the Church of Jesus Christ is true. One morning I awoke and instead of doubts, anguish and uncertainty there was a calm, peaceful feeling in my heart that the LDS Church is true. I have had that testimony confirmed on countless occasions as I continued to study the Scriptures and the writings of the leaders the Lord has appointed to guide direct and warn us. Show more Show less