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Hi I'm Francine

I'm the mother of four. I love to read. I teach piano, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew-up the youngest of ten children in Colorado. I enjoyed sports growing up, playing anything for fun and soccer competitively. I attended college in Utah with the intent to major in music education with an emphasis in the piano which I have played since I was a child and now teach out of my home. Life took a different direction and after marrying and moving north to Montana I graduated with my B.S. in Elementary Education. Shortly after graduating, my first child was born and all my time and energy since that time has gone into the raising of my now four children and our yellow labrador. My oldest just started his second year of school and my youngest is just now entering the world of rolling over and eating solid foods. I love to read for pleasure and enjoy historical fiction the most. I get together with friends twice a week to exercise and socialize and recently participated in a mini-triathlon. I'm in the process of learning the music theory that I missed out on when switching majors. It's canning season and soon my home will be full of the smell of peaches and pears being canned and dried.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born and raised in a strong Mormon home there was still a time that I wanted to know for myself whether it was true or just good. There are many things about the Mormon church that makes it unique from other Christian churches, namely, we believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and a companion to the Bible, as well as having prophets who are called by God to lead His church and that the first prophet was Joseph Smith who saw with his own eyes Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus. Some of these things seem a little far fetched and so I spent time reading the Book of Mormon and I distinctly remember the night that I was reading about Christ's visit to the Nephites and feeling without a doubt that it truly happened and that the Book of Mormon is true. I had a similar experience while listening to leaders of the Mormon church teach about Joseph Smith being a prophet and feeling so strongly that he really did see God the Father and Jesus the Christ. Other experiences of having prayers answered and receiving priesthood blessings have added to my faith and are the foundation of why I am not just a Christian, but a Mormon Christian.

How I live my faith

Throughout the years I have had the opportunity to grow in many ways from teaching and working with young children in Sunday school classes as well as teaching fellow sisters in church. My talent as a pianist is always used in working with our church choir and has been expanded to include accompanying the congregations on Sunday on the organ. Each month I take time with a teaching companion to visit with a few sisters of my congregation to see how they are doing. This is a time used to ensure that physically and spiritually their needs are being met and to share a message of faith to strengthen testimonies and resolve to do what is good and right. On occasion I have been asked to help out planning social and service activities. Although I'm not perfect I try to be a good example of what it means to be a Mormon and mostly choose to show my faith by living it.