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Hi I'm Frances

I'm a mother, a do-it-yourself maven, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was young when I met and married my husband, but I decided to set aside college and start a family. For the last thirty years my days have been filled with caring for our five children. I am certain that my greatest accomplishment in life is having raised children who are kind, loving, responsible people. But now that my youngest child has left for college I am entering a new stage of life--the empty nest. I have lots of time to explore and to improve myself. But what to do? Go back to school? Work? Volunteer? I haven't figured it out yet. I have always liked doing home improvement projects, and over the years I've learned to lay tile, hang a door, install a sink, and countless other things. I feel a tremendous sense of satisfaction when the work of my hands changes something from broken to fixed, or from ugly to beautiful. It's a great outlet for my creativity. I think the inclination to do these kinds of things came from my father, but the encouragement came from my husband. He tells me I can do anything. For Valentine's Day this year he gave me a red framing hammer! Call me strange, but I was happy! I get restless if I don't have something to work on, and I never met a tool I didn't like.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and have always embraced it. I can't say exactly when it shifted from being the religion of my parents to being my religion, but I know for sure that it had happened by the time I was fourteen years old. I knew that I had a testimony that the teachings I was so familiar with were real, and were true. I made the connection that people who follow these teachings are happy, and have peace and joy, and that people who don't suffer and struggle. I wanted joy. I chose to live the gospel as well as I could from that time forward. It has made all the difference.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a daily thing--not a Sunday thing. Each day I try to be better. Some days I am discouraged with my progress, but I know that I have a loving and patient Father in Heaven who will never give up on me. Currently I play the piano for the children on Sundays. This is a bit of a laugh, as my piano talent is marginal, at best. But that is sometimes how it goes in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Occasionally we are asked to fulfill roles for which we feel inadequate, or unprepared. The Lord is more interested in our willingness, and if we will try, then He will help us. We grow and develop in the process. So I play for the children. They don't care about the wrong notes. They just sing. The words of thee songs contain such beautiful messages, that when I try to sing them I am overcome with the Spirit. Some of my favorite lyrics from the children's songs are "I lived in heaven a long time ago, it is true; Lived there and loved there with people I know, so did you." "I am a child of God, and He has sent me here. Has given me an earthly home with parents kind and dear." "Faith is knowing the sun will rise, lighting each new day. Faith is knowing the Lord will hear my prayers each time I pray. Faith is like a little seed, if planted, it will grow."