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Hi I'm Fran L

Raised in LDS family in TX, played collegiate volleyball, married for all time & eternity in the Mesa Temple. 1 daughter, 3 sons.

About Me

Growing up, my parents encouraged me to play and try-out for all kinds of sports. I loved being a part of a team and all that it taught me. I truly believed that sports helped me grow in the gospel and develop my testimony of my Savior. I learned at an early age that I could do hard things, that those difficult moments didn't last very long and soon they would be over. I also learned persurverence, that I couldn't master a sport in a short time, that it took practice and hard work. That was also evident in the service that I saw my mother unnselfishly give to our family, friends, ward members, neighbors and strangers. I even saw my mother literally give the coat off her back to a woman who was exposed to the elements. So during my high school years I was in early morning seminary, my parents promised me that if I would sacrifice my time getting up, especially after a very late sporting event that I would be blessed in all aspects of my life. I truly believed in what they had taught me, in scripture study and their examples. I put that to the test and I was extremely blessed. I received a full ride scholarship and was able to play a sport that I loved. I found and married an amazing man for all time and eternity in the Mesa, AZ temple. We struggled having children, I remembered that I could do hard things and that I needed to be patient, in the Lord's time not mine. Steve and I were able to bring into this world a beautiful daughter and 3 amazing sons.

Why I am a Mormon

I follow the gospel of Jesus Christ because the teachings speak to my heart. I know with every fiber of my being that I lived before I was born, that I came from a loving Father in Heaven and that I know that Jesus is my Savior who suffered and died for me that I may return to that Father who loves me. I am a Mormon because I know I am never alone, that I truly believe I have received one of the greatest gifts on this earth when I chose to enter the waters of baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost. This gift, given to me by my father who had the Holy Priesthood, has guided me on this earthly journey. I believe that my choice to come to this earth and follow Jesus Christ was because I believed in His plan, a plan that I could use my own free agency to choose, not be forced. I knew that the Lord wouldn't put us on this earth without a way to wipe away our sins, we are human and we would make mistakes. Repentance is how we can then erase, forgive and grow in the gospel of Jesus Christ. That tool helps us to forgive others and forgive ourselves. I love that the gospel teaches us that their is always HOPE. This world can be a dark and very unforgiving place and without HOPE it can truly take us down. Satan is the master of this darkness and wants us to fail, wants us to fall into despair and wants us to think that we're not worthy of eternal blessings. But as followers of Christ we know better, we know that we can overcome this darkness and return to our Father in Heaven with our family. Family is essential to this wonderful plan, we counldn't and wouldn't want to be alone on this journey. So a wise Father in Heaven has blessed us with the opportunity to come into a family. Not all families are perfect, but the gospel is and that's what we need in our lives helping us be the best we can, not on the outside but on the inside. We must let our hearts and our spirits govern our bodies & minds, they are forever connected to our eternal home. I am a Mormon because I choose to be!

How I live my faith

Each day I try to be an example of what I believe, all my actions, decisions and reactions. I am not always successful but I try and that is the beauty of a new day, starting all over. This journey is a process and we are all in different stages, what we must remember is that we are suppose to be helping each other out, no matter what stage they are in. I have had the privelege to work with the children, the Youth and in one of the largest and oldest women's organizations in the world. I learn to love whomever I am called to work with. Please don't get me wrong, it was hard, it is very time consuming, I was exhausted, but what did I learn early on, yes I can do hard things! It does take me a little while to embrace a new position or responsibilty, but then it becomes a part of my life and who I am and then I cry when I am moved on to a different place. I love the fact that within our church we have so many opportunities to serve. We have monthly visits that we do, we are able to check in with each other to make sure everyone is doing well. It is such a sweet way to get to know each other. I have been able to witness such acts of service and love and so many of those have been directed to my family.