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Hi I'm Frank

I've belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my whole life & have lived in Utah 90% of that time.

About Me

I served an LDS Mission in 1982-1984 in Austria Vienna. Exactly one person that I taught the gospel there that I know of was baptized, and that was two weeks after I came home. I served with the Utah National Guard for just over 24 years. During that time I served as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom--for 7 months in 2003 and between June 2005 and June 2006. After finishing junior college in 1986, I finished an Information Systems degree in 1990. There I met my wife, and we have been married since September of 1990. I have worked as a computer programmer for the past 22 years. I publish the following weblogs: --SimpleUtahMormonPolitics http://frankstaheli.blogspot.com Updated regularly --My Two Mormon Cents http://lds-musings.blogspot.com Updated once or twice monthly --Serving the People of Iraq http://ServingIraq.blogspot.com Primarily my experiences and feelings from serving in Iraq a couple of years ago.

Why I am a Mormon

For a long time I was a Mormon probably just because my parents were. Gradually I realized that if was to be serious about being a member of the LDS Church, I needed to gain my own personal conviction of the truth of its teachings. I believe that LDS Doctrine provides the best answers of any religion to the questions of life and eternity. I am intrigued with the idea that our Heavenly Parents wish to share everything that they have with us, but only if we sincerely want it. I love my family and it is very comforting to know that I can spend eternity in association with them. I want to eventually know everything there is to know about the universe. I want to eventually become perfectly compassionate, perfectly dependable, and perfectly filled with joy. My Heavenly Father and Mother have the capacity to help me become that, but only as I am willing to regularly apply the Atonement of Jesus Christ in my life and receive the Holy Spirit to cleanse me from impurities.

How I live my faith

I live my religion by study and also by faith. There are a great many things to learn by studying Church doctrine, but there is perhaps even more to learn from hundreds of great non-LDS books. I believe in actively sharing my beliefs without feeling better than someone of a different religion. I find it important to calmly and carefully defend the LDS Church against frequent misconceptions that are promulgated against it. I believe there is only one means--the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--that enables us to return to the presence of our Heavenly Parents and become like them which we call eternal life, but I also believe that myriads of individuals from a variety of religions will ultimately achieve the same eternal life that I and my family seek. I believe that because I have been given much, I too must give. I wish I could do a better job of that. I wish I could spend more time serving at the local food coalition. Maybe when our kids get out of high school, there will be more time for such noble pursuits. I wish there were more time to attend worship services of other faiths. Maybe there is, and maybe I should stop feeling like I must devote my entire Sunday to my faith and just go.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

--Mormons believe that it is important to be a friend, especially to those who are different than us. See http://economicspolitics.blogspot.com/2010/07/its-not-so-hard-to-be-friend.html --We believe that it is okay to be different, and that although some behaviors are self-defeating, we should love all people unconditionally, including "different" ones. See http://economicspolitics.blogspot.com/2008/09/race-divorce-depression-homosexuality.html --We believe that God is a scientist. See http://economicspolitics.blogspot.com/2007/03/god-is-scientist-part-1.html --We're not sure, for the most part, about what is or is not true about the theory of evolution, mostly because it hasn't been revealed yet. See http://economicspolitics.blogspot.com/2010/04/perfection-pinnacle-of-evolution.html --We KNOW that there is a lot of stuff we don't know yet, but that it will be very cool to find out about it sometime in the future. See http://economicspolitics.blogspot.com/2007/10/when-you-get-to-edge-of-universe-you.html --Mormons believe that hell is not a hot place. See http://economicspolitics.blogspot.com/2010/07/is-hell-really-that-hot.html Show more Show less