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Hi I'm Franco

I'm a Director of Audio Visual, a Business Undergraduate, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Spain, and having lived in Georgia for most of the last 10 years, I am a happy husband and father of an 8 year old girl, a 6 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. My wife and I met on a cruise (people love to hear that story, as it somehow reminds them of the Love Boat!). I work in the Audio Visual field, providing the technical needs for the conferences at my hotel. I enjoy listening to a variety of music styles. My wife and I are currently in the process of finishing our basement to turn that into a "man cave", which will hopefully happen by my next birthday..

Why I am a Mormon

During my upbringing it was customary for us to go to church on Sundays. During my late teenager years, it became clear to me that even with the service almost memorized, Sunday services were not bringing me any closer to Jesus. Eventually, I quit going to church as I considered it a waste of time. Years later I met the wonderful woman who is now my wife. In our preliminary talks, I agreed that we could go to church as a family and, as I was not attending any services at the time, it was fine with mr to attend services at her church. I will never forget that first testimony meeting I attended. People were very nice to me and that day I met more people than I had met over the previous years attending my previous service. Over the next three months, I was interested in learning more about what what my wife believed in, and taking the discussions with the missionaries took just about 3 months, during which I had many questions. The main was: Why is it that, if Joseph Smith saw what he says he saw, and heard what he said he heard, I had never heard about it, even after all my years in school and in college? Toward the end of one of the last discussion, Elder Fillmore asked me if I would pray to find out for myself if the Book of Mormon was true. That concept was refreshing, as I was not expected to believe what I was told but instead I could find out for myself. After a follow up call from the elders, I went into a separate area and decided to ask Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon was indeed true, truly wanting to get an asnwer, without any preconceived notions .... Shortly thereafter I felt something inside of me. It is hard to explain with words. It was like a kind of burning inside of me in my chest, a feeling of peace, and I knew at that time that the Book of Mormon was true. With that, I had to accept Joseph Smith as the prophet who translated. I remember this moment as if it happened recently, even though it is coming up on 12 years since it happened I then made a commitment to be baptized. I learned more about the Gospel in my first year as a member of the church than I had in my previous 28 years of life. The changes I have made since I joined the hucrch have made me a better person, and I feel like I understand much better the reason I am here, where did I come rom, and where am I going to after this life. Becoming a mormon has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life.

How I live my faith

As a group, we help people move in and out of their houses. I have benefited from this service in our several moves from people that we did not even know at the time. There are some families that I am especially resposnible for, and I visit them monthly to check on their well being, while also delivering a spiritual message. I enjoy the visit of the person who does this for me, and look forward to those visits as well. Over the years, I have had the opporunity to serve people I had never seen before after different hurricanes (Katrina and Wilma), going to help people with needs, members and non members, mostly with putting up tarps in their roofs and electrical work.