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Hi I'm Ken Francis

I'm a husband, a father, an Assistant Police Chief, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an Assistant Police Chief with the Sherman Police Department in Sherman, Texas and have been a police officer for thirty three years. I started my law enforcement career with the Fort Worth, TX Police and spent about 10 years there before coming to Sherman. My father spent 20 years in the Navy, mostly on submarines. We moved around a lot so it was hard making and keeping friends. I think that's why I learned to be so outgoing! It has definitely helped me in my career to be exposed to so many people and new situations! After my dad retired, we lived out in the country near Milburn, OK. One day when I was 10, two young men missionaries from the Mormon church, tramped down a long dirt driveway to our home and taught me. I was baptized in an icy farm pond. My parents divorced when I was 13 and I, along with my mother, moved to California where I finally was able to attend church. I have been on my own since I was 15 years old, graduating high school in California halfway through my Junior year. Later, at the age of 17, I moved to Texas where I worked and continued attending and learning about the church. After serving a Spanish speaking mission to San Diego, California, I went to college at BYU, where I met Teresa in 1980. We have been married 34 years this September and have two beautiful daughters, a wonderful son-in-law and the blessing of a grand daughter, grandson and a granddaughter on the way! My name is Ken Francis, I am a husband, a father, a cop, and a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother had been raised in an LDS (Mormon) family but after meeting and marrying my father quit going to church. I had attended several churches, before being taught by the missionaries, with family and friends but did not feel any need to affiliate with any of them. It wasn't until those two young Mormon missionaries found our family in the backwoods of Oklahoma and taught me the fullness of the gospel, did I have a desire to join a church. Don't get me wrong, I believed in God and Jesus Christ, in fact I believe that I always have, but when they shared with me the complete gospel of Jesus Christ and the restoration, I knew it was true, I felt the Holy Ghost confirm to me, without a doubt that it was true and so I was baptized. Unfortunately the closest church was about 65 miles away and being extremely poor and my parents not being very interested, we did not go but a few times. Not until my parents divorced, when I was 13, was I able to attend church regularly and learn more about my new found religion. My mother remarried when I was 15 and I did not readily fit into her new life so I graduated a year and a half early from high school, left home, got a hardship drivers license, moved into my own apartment and started working. After a brief stint in the Army National Guard, I moved to Texas at 17 and continued going to church and learning. When I turned 19 I served a Spanish speaking mission in San Diego, CA. for the church for two years. Then I went to college, where I met my sweetheart, Teresa. I started my law enforcement career at the Ft. Worth Police Department in 1981. In 1992 I tested with the Sherman Police Department and was hired there in 1993, where I have been ever since. The Lord has blessed me throughout my life in so many ways. It is through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the love of my family that I have been able to make it in the world and in my challenging career. I know Jesus is the Christ and this is His true Church.

How I live my faith

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serve in many capacities in the Church. Since there is no paid ministry in our church, everyone has an opportunity to serve. I have been a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School president, priesthood leader in various capacities, teacher of young single college aged adults in religious schooling called "Institute," and have served in several congregational (we call them wards) leadership groups called a "Bishopric." I am currently a Sunday School teacher for 16 and 17 year olds and absolutely love it! As a church, we believe in being our brother's keeper, caring for the needy, the widow or widower, and each other. Accordingly, I also participate in a great program of stewardship and shepherding called Home Teaching. This is where each person in the Ward is assigned two priesthood brethren to visit and teach their household at least once a month. We teach gospel principles to them, get to know and love each other more closely, and attend to their needs. It is by this means that all of the members are cared for and watched over in love and fellowship. I also have served my community by volunteering. I recently spent two years serving on the Board of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) which is designed to help abused children. Eventually I served on the executive Board of the CAC as well. I love my country and love serving people. I also love being a husband, father and Mormon!

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Ken Francis
Yes, we believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God and that He is our Savior and Redeemer. It is only through Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice, making possible the process of repentance, that a person can be saved in the Kingdom of God. There is no other name by which salvation comes. Also, because He overcame death and was resurrected, we will all be resurrected and He will judge the world (see Isaiah 9:6, 53:3-7; Psalms 22:16-18; 1 Peter 2:21; Book of Mormon, Mosiah 26:30; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:22. Acts 17:31; John 5:21-22; Acts 10:42). In addition, we believe that God the Father and Jesus Christ are separate individual beings who are indeed one, but one in purpose, (as we likewise have been commanded to be one), not different manifestations of the same being (John 10:30; John 17:11; Acts 4:32; Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 1:10; 2 Cor. 13:11; Gal. 3:28; Philip. 1:27). We believe that Jesus Christ is also the creator of this world, under the direction and authority of God (John 1:10; Hebrews 1:2). Show more Show less