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Hi I'm Francisco

I am a soccer coach and a soccer executive. I am a father and a husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I'm very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that." Bill Shankly If there was a quote out there that would summarize ones life, I believe this would be mine. My name is Francisco and I am a young father, a husband, a proud owner of a 160 lbs Great Dane named "Frankenstein". I work for the professional soccer team in Ohio and have been in the pro soccer industry for several years. I have also founded a non-profit called Hanging Cleats where we teach children around the world how to use soccer as a tool to stay away from drugs and violence. I was born and a raised in Colombia and have been in the United States for 11 years, recently becoming a US citizen.  

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in Colombia, soccer was that "thing" that made me feel secure during those trialing times of the drug wars I used the sport as a tool to say NO to temptations and keep a positive attitude about life. Nothing had ever made me feel more safe than soccer. Until I met the missionaries. After fleeing the country at the age of 16 with my parents, my little sister, two suite cases and $400, we found ourselves beginning life all over again. It is an awakening thought to know that you don't have any material possessions and all you have is the love for your family and the love for your God. We shared a small two bedroom apartment with a generous family of 4 who extended their arms and welcomed us. My father, who was a successful executive in Colombia, was working two jobs cleaning groceries stores. in the mean time, trying to help save money to buy our first car, I began drawing cartoons on the weekends at the local flea market. One day, coming home from school, I noticed that my little sister was talking to two young missionaries about why there were so many churches in the world as they continued teaching, I sat in a corner of the room and began listening to what they had to say. That day, I felt something that I had only felt while playing soccer and I knew that it was special It was an overwhelming feeling of love. A few weeks later, my sister and I were baptized. I continued to learn more about the church, feeling more and more at home a few years later, I was humbled to serve a mission and teach everyone about the beautiful message of the restored gospel, but before leaving, I had the wonderful opportunity to witness the baptism of my parents. I was blessed to serve a mission in Orlando Florida where I learned more about myself and the purpose I serve on this earth as a son of our Heavenly Father. When I came home, I was sealed to my parents for time and all eternity. The gospel of Jesus Christ helps us realize that falling is not the end of the road, thanks to our Savior Jesus Christ who helps us, through his sacrifice, get back up again. And thanks to his sacrifice and the blessings restored on this earth again, I have the chance to be with my best friend for time and all eternity and together build a family of our own. I love this gospel a gospel of second chances.  

How I live my faith

As an executive for a professional soccer team, my time home is limited but thanks to my passion for our faith, I have been able to use my time away from home as a tool to share this wonderful gospel with others. In my home church, I serve as a ward missionary, assisting the full time missionaries in their everyday duties. Through my non-profit, I have been able to serve my community, allowing children to use soccer as a tool to stay away from drugs and violence, teaching them that there is more to life than these earthly things.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The book of Mormon, as was the Bible, was written by prophets of old chosen by God to lead his church and teach his people. In the Book of Mormon's case, these prophets lived in the American continent. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

 NO, not at all. In fact, as a Hispanic male, I have not only been baptized and confirmed as a member of the church, but I hold the priesthood of the Lord. Show more Show less