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Hi I'm Fran

I grew up in Salt Lake City but have lived on both coasts since. I love to play tennis and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have four children. Most of my time is spent mothering -- organizing, teaching, driving, cooking, cleaning (and then doing it all again!). I also love to play tennis. I play for fun and I also play on a team. Early each weekday morning I meet two of my neighbors and we walk briskly and talk. I like to be moving, especially out of doors. Reading good books and traveling are also things that I enjoy. I am a student of the gospel and a student of life!

Why I am a Mormon

I love the gospel because it helps me to be the best person I can be. It has taught me how to serve individuals and how to serve in new ways. I am thankful for Joseph Smith, the prophet who restored truths to the earth. I am especially thankful that we have a prophet on the earth today who guides all who will listen and follow his teachings.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving in my family, my church and my community. I live my faith by trying to teach and help others to be their best selves.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Congregations are divided into smaller geographical areas called wards (or if it is very small, a branch). This way the Bishop (ecclesiastical leader) with the help of others serving with him, can keep track of the people that are in his congregation. A stake is made up of several wards. The leaders in the stake watch over, teach, lead the people on the ward level. It is set up to be organized and to meet people's individual needs. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We revere him because he was the person on earth who God used to restore all truth. He was mocked, scorned, beaten, but never wavered in fulfilling God's work for him. He was a martyr. Show more Show less