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Hi I'm Tom Francis

I grew up in Ontario California. I love Music, Swimming, and Serving the Lord. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Whenever I introduce myself and say I'm from Ontario everyone get's a suprised look on their face and asks, "Canada?" I was born and raised in Ontario California. My Dad is from Tustin California, but my Mom was born and raised in Gwelo Rhodesia, now Gweru Zimbabwe on the African Continent and moved to America when she was 17. My parents met in college and got married shortly afterwards. I am the youngest of 5 kids. My second oldest sister was married when I was 9 and I was an Uncle when I was 10. I love being an Uncle to 3 nephews and 2 beautiful nieces. I joined in band first chance I got at age 10 and, wanting to be like my oldest brother, I picked up the Trombone. Since then I have grown a love for music, especially the Bass Trombone. I started swimming my Freshman year in school and by my senior year I was undefeated in the 500 Yard freestyle in my District. After I had graduated I went to College in Rexburg, Idaho. There I studied as a Music Education Major playing Bass Trombone. I absolutly love my major. My experience in College was a changing point in my life. It was great to see so many great people live their standards. It is my hope that I will always stay true to my standards and be able to help others see the joys from it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, it is true, but I didn't always want to be a "Mormon." I went through my teenage years and like most do these days, I became a bit rebellious. I went to church purely for the social aspect. Luckily for me I had two amazing parents who were constantly trying to show me the blessings we had from God and trying to bring me to Christ. My oldest sister and two older brothers served a mission setting an example and a standard for me. As I went through my senior year in high school I realized that I was coming up on the "Missionary Age." I realized I had a little over a year to figure out if I really wanted to go on a mission or not. It was then that I turned to the Book of Mormon to see if it really was true. I had read it a few times, but just so people would stop nagging me to do it. Finally I decided to read it on my own by my own choice and when I did it changed my life. I read in the Book of Alma, the longest book in the Book of Mormon. It just so happened that day that I was getting ready to give up and I radomly turned to Chapter 32. The chapter speaks of being humble and then excercising our faith to come to know wheter or not something is true. I tried the experiment and began to recognize the spirit testifying to me that this was all true. So I decided to serve a mission and carry what I had found to others. I know this is the path that can bring the greatest joy to our lives, and that is why I am a "mormon."

How I live my faith

Well, right now I simply live my faith by going day to day looking for ways to become a better person. I attend God's holy temple weekly where I am able to feel God's spirit and learn his truths. I look for ways to serve those around me. I especially love to help people feel loved and appreciated, even if I don't know them. I am tting to see everyone through god's eyes.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Tom Francis
We believe that the Purpose of life here on earth is to learn and to grow. Our loving Heavenly Father wants us to be able to exercize agency, or the Freedom to choose. He really desires that we live with him, but he is not going to stop us if we choose not to live with him because he loves us so much he wants us to make our own decisions. So we came to this earth and gained a physical body that we will have for eternity. Each day we choose whether we are going to come closer to Christ, or move away from him. Heavenly Father also provides us with opportunities to learn. As we go through difficult trials that is when we learn the most. As we learn we are able to see the consequences of our choices more fully before we actually act. This allows us to come closer to God. The last reason we are here on earth is to create Family relationships that can last Forever. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Tom Francis
Temples are something that I hold very dear to my heart. I attend them as much as I can. I try to even get to them every day if possible. All people are welcome to visit temple grounds. Also when a temple is finished undergoing it's construction, each is opened for a time for people to come inside during the temple's "open house" prior to the dedication. When Temples are dedicated however, they become sacred buildings. In fact they are literally what they say on the entrances, each is a "House of the Lord." That is the reason that only certain people are allowed into the temples. In all reality any worthy person can enter into them. We learn in the scriptures that no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God and we believe that likewise, no unclean thing should be permitted to enter into his house. So the highest standard of worthiness must be kept in order to enter into this Sacred House. As for what goes on inside temples, what we do is sacred. The Temple's purposes are to help members learn eternal truths, recieve sacred ordinances Including sealing families together forever and not just "'Till Death do You Part", and to provide ordinances such as baptism to those who died without an opportunity to recieve the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is what goes on inside the sacred halls of the temple. Members grow closer to their savior Jesus Christ as they learn within the temple and as they bring their families together for ALL ETERNITY. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Tom Francis
I do. God has always called Prophets since the beginning of time. Adam was the first Prophet. God spoke to Adam and taught him of the great plan of Salvation. Then Adam taught his children. The Old Testament teaches us that God reveals his "secret" through prophets before he acts in Amos 37. I know that there is a prophet today and his name is Thomas S. Monson. He is a man just like you and I who is mortal and isn't perfect, but unlike us God has called him to be a prophet. He, like Moses of old, recieves revelation from God for all of us. He leads the Kindom of God on the earth today. Prophets are watchmen who warn us of spiritual dangers. As Moses brought out the ten commandments to teach the Israelites of what they needed to do or, rather, not do the prophet today teaches us of things we need to avoid such as pornography. God has called the prophet to teach us of his plan of salvation and to help us stay away from temptations. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet of God and hold's the same authority that Moses held to say "Thus Saith the Lord." Show more Show less