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Hi I'm Francis

I'm a healthcare administrator and an avid woodworker. I'm a dedicated husband and a father of four children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

While I was born in Utah, most of my growing up happened in the Midwestern United States, where my father relocated for work. In the Midwest, Mormons are definitely in the minority, and so I was often asked about my religion, and sometimes ridiculed for it. I found it necessary to learn what we believed in, and to decide for myself whether I believed in it and would follow its teachings. I married later in life than most, and now, at the age when most are grandparents and even empty nesters, I have a beautiful wife and four young children who do much to give meaning to my life. I work as a healthcare administrator--a challenging and fast-changing field that produces a good deal of stress at times. My therapy from a stressful job and a sometimes too-frenetic family schedule is my hobby of woodworking. I love to design and build furniture, clocks, and jewelry boxes, among other things. I find myself drawn more and more to woodturning--making projects in-the-round such as bowls, lamps, lidded wood boxes, and handcrafted wood pens. My foundation in life, my value anchor and my refuge from life's inevitable storms, is my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, whom I worship as my Savior and Redeemer.

Why I am a Mormon

At a young age, my family moved from Utah to Ohio, and later, to Minnesota. As a Mormon, I found myself very much in the minority, and surrounded by those who were often mis-informed as to what we believe in. I had to learn for myself what I believed. I learned as a young child to pray, and as I grew older and began praying with more intent and focus, I found out for myself that our Heavenly Father knows each of us individually and personally, and with tender-loving care will answer sincere and heart-felt prayers. I can't claim to have ever heard an audible voice from heaven, but a warm, comfortable feeling in my heart lets me know that I am heard and loved. Help from on high--often sent through others--is received when and how needed regularly enough that I know it hasn't come by random chance or coincidence. I read in the scriptures on a daily basis, and find that answers to prayers and life's questions often come to me as I read the scriptures. As a companion volume to the Holy Bible, I read The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Near the end of this volume of scripture is a promise from a prophet of God, that after having read the book, if you will pray with real intent and with faith in Jesus Christ, asking if the things you have read are true, that the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon will be made known unto you. I have put that promise to the test, and the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon has been unmistakably made known to me. Some things are made known to us through our physical senses. Others can only be known through our spiritual senses. My spiritual senses were virtually "set on fire", so to speak, with that answer from God. I know it to be the word of God to us, recorded and made manifest to us by ancient prophets in the Americas, just as the Bible was recorded and made manifest to us by ancient prophets in the middle East.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith on a daily basis. I am certainly not perfect--and I thank God for the gift of the atonement, through which we can repent and be forgiven of our sins and make a fresh start, striving to do better. I strive to live my beliefs through the daily grounding of prayer and scripture study--these things remind me of who I am and what I need to be doing. I strive to treat my family, my neighbors, and my employees and co-workers in a kind and Christ-like way. I attend church each Sunday. I avail myself of opportunities to serve my neighbors and fellow congregants through teaching, serving in our youth ministry as a scout leader, and visiting other church members and helping them in their times of need. Family is very important in our faith. We believe that serving our families by helping our parents in their old age, and by teaching our children not only life-skills, but spiritual skills and values, is a key responsibility in the service of God. Then, as we have time, we should be good citizens and work to make our communities and our nation a better place to live. Of course, there isn't time to do all of this at once, and so our faith helps us to prioritize, and to re-prioritize as we move from one season of life into another.