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Hi I'm Frank

I am the son of good parents, husband to a loving wife, the father of 6, the grandfather of 6, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the only brother of my three sisters. My parents were lucky enough to celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary together. I take great pride in knowing that I am their son and that they were proud of me. I, the other hand, have been lucky enough to have found a most talented woman who blessed me by becoming my wife almost 37years ago. I call her a renaissance woman. She is a brilliant scholar, an accomplished musician, a published author, a talented artist, a powerful teacher and a stunning grandmother of 4 boys and 2 girls. A truly unusual person. I joined the Air Force after high school where I learned and later taught specialty skills associated with precision photo processing (chemistry, math, computers...) That's just a fancy way to say I spent 8 years in the dark. After leaving the Air Force, I re-started my education. I believe that it often takes a few extra years to understand just who you are and where your interests lie. At least it was that way for me. Over the next 30 years or so, I got a BS in Mathematics/Computer Science and an MBA. Eventually I started to teach software design skills to other employees where I worked and at other companies across the nation. When I finally retired, I found that I had amassed the equivalent of about 22 years of full time school and an understanding that you should NEVER stop learning.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was about 8 years old, the neighbors asked my mom & dad if they could take me to church on Sundays. My parents didn't do church. I suppose that was mostly self-defense on their part. You see, mom's brother was a Methodist Minister. Mom's mother attended Christian Science Church. My dad's parents were mostly Southern Baptist. Oh, the neighbors were Lutheran. I attended with those neighbors until we moved away two years later. But, I still felt a longing for something I couldn't identify. And so I began my personal 'quest' for the truth. I was into radio bits and pieces probably because my grandpa was an amateur radio operator. I made a tiny crystal radio all by myself. Big doings when you are 8 or 9. At night I would take my radio to bed (no batteries) and listen (against all the rules, mind you) to the far-flung stations. I remember listening to a radio play about the Easter Story. It was the most powerful of all the stations my little radio could pick up and I listened off and on for several years. The station was KSL in Salt Lake City. When I entered high school, I felt the longing return. I was attending a local Lutheran church with perhaps as many as 70 members. I wanted more. I accepted an invitation to go to a Billy Graham rally where about 70,000 people attended. I was so moved that I went forward at the end of the service. My pastor was not amused, and did not understand my longing. A few similar episodes followed over the next few years but without resolution. I even went to a Lutheran university where I met my wife (who at the time was a Presbyterian). I was missing something and I knew it. Then I met the Mormons. I took the Lessons. And I stopped searching. I knew in my heart that I had found what I had been longing for. I came to believe the story of Joseph Smith and the Golden Plates on the first reading. Twenty years of yearning, searching, and longing came to an end the night I was baptized.

How I live my faith

I offer my song without worrying 'that it is not good enough for anyone else to hear'. It is a special joy when the priesthood meet. A thousand men generate a powerful testimony of Jesus Christ when they sing 'Oh, Lord my God'. I cannot hear that song without tears because it was my father's favorite hymn. I offer my substance without worry. I have gained a testimony of tithing. Things at home did not get 'easy' when we began tithing, but they didn't get worse either. Our home has always had heat in the winter, shelter from the rain, groceries when needed, and every other measure people use to demonstrate success. The pleasure of knowing how I am helping the rest of my Lord's children is my reward. I offer my skills when asked. Over the last 35 years, I helped move our congregation from paper to computers. I have taught just about every age group from the preschool to the adult (and older) men. I have administered to the sick and sick at heart. As a church clerk, I have the honor of working with some of the best men I have ever known. I am humbled by the trust they show me. I offer my testimony of the truth. Bearing my testimony helps me to feel my faith more closely. I know that God loves me. ME, not just me along with everyone. I know that Jesus lives, that He is MY Savior, and that I am so loved by Him that He gave His life to save mine. I know that His church is The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know that the Lord chose Joseph Smith to be his prophet and lead his church. I know that His church is led today by a prophet of God. I am human. I am flawed. I am incomplete. I fail at keeping the commandments perfectly. BUT, I have been given the chance to strive for perfection to try to be like Jesus is. To offer my support, my strength, my all, where it is needed. In this way I live my faith each day.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Frank
The members support The Church through tithing. Tithing is the cash donations of its members amounting to 10% of their income. These funds provide world wide support of facilities construction, operation, and maintenance. Facilities supported include Chapels, Temples, as well as farms and summer camps. The members support The Church through Fasting. When members fast they offer prayer to our Heavenly Father while they skip two meals. A Fast Offering is the money that the members would have spent preparing those two meals. Many members give much more. Fast offerings fund humanitarian activities throughout the world, including local members who are having a tough time. The members support The Church with their time. The Church is operated by an unpaid clergy and members work to keep Church facilities clean and operating, A key point is that ALL of this support is voluntary! Show more Show less