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Hi I'm Franklin

I'm a son, a brother, a passionate music lover, hopeless romantic, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Franklin, and I'm 24 years old. I have a wonderful father and mother who are both converts to the Mormon church, and I owe them my introduction into the gospel of Jesus Christ from a very early age. I have an older sister who's like a second mother to me, an older brother who is a big inspiration to me, and a younger sister who I adore more than anything else. Shortly after before I turned 20 years of age, I had the opportunity to serve a full time service mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints in the beautiful state of Colorado. I loved every moment of it, and will forever cherish the things that I learned as a missionary and the people who I was able to help. I love music and believe that it can heal a broken heart and lift us up when we are down - that it is literally God's gift to man. I'm currently trying to figure my life out and trying to figure out how to best balance work and school so that I can figure out what career path would be best for me. I love the Savior Jesus Christ and know that it is because of Him that I can hope for a brighter future. It is because of the gift of His eternal sacrifice that I don't have to be stuck the way that I am, and that I can become a better person. I will forever be grateful for the blessing that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was brought up in the Mormon church and went most Sundays with my family, it wasn't until I turned 14 and started reading The Book of Mormon for myself that I started to find my own personal witness from God that this truly was His church. A favorite Scripture of mine reads: Mormon 8:12 - "And whoso receiveth this record, and shall not condemn it because of the imperfections which are in it, the same shall know of greater things than these. Behold, I am Moroni; and were it possible, I would make all things known unto you." This is one of my favorite passages of Scripture and communicates something that I think all of us have felt at one time or another - the longing to communicate something more than words are able to communicate, something that transcends words and language, and is felt more than heard. I know through very deep spiritual impressions that I have received that the Bible is the word of God, The Book of Mormon is valuable commentary on the Bible and another Testament of Christ, and God still speaks to us today through a prophet. You can know it too, if you are willing to give The Book of Mormon a chance and ask God sincerely.

How I live my faith

As one of the few people in my congregation who can play piano, I have the sole privilege of preparing and performing the accompaniment for the worship service on Sundays. It has been a great blessing to me in my life and helped me to ponder the words of the hymns more carefully that I have before. One of my favorites is "Where Can I Turn For Peace?" The lyrics to the 3rd verse are especially meaningful to me: "He answers privately, Reaches my reaching In my Gethsemane, Savior and Friend. Gentle the peace he finds for my beseeching. Constant he is and kind, Love without end." I think one of the biggest ways that I live my faith is how I treat others. It is no secret when I'm at work that I'm a Mormon. My co-workers love to tease me about it, but I know they really do appreciate the fact that I whole heatedly believe in my faith and that I'm willing to live it. In everything that I say or do, whether it be a blog post, or a song that I write, I try to make sure that it speaks volumes as to the kind of person that I want to be, and who I want to become.

Are Mormons Christians?

Although the popular belief is that Mormons are their own thing separate from the rest of mainstream Christianity, the Mormon church is definitely Christian in their doctrine. We believe that Christ is the literal Son of God, and that He set the perfect example of love and service for all of us to follow. We can find happiness in this life and the life to come if we will follow his teachings and love one another as He has loved us. Show more Show less