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Hi I'm Franz

I am an engineer and author. I'm a father of four, went to MIT and Stanford, and I also write fantasy novels.

About Me

I am happily married to Margaret, and am the father of four young children. I studied aerospace engineering at MIT (Course 16, '95) and also at Stanford University (Ph.D., 2003). I now work at a national laboratory on technology for national security. I love engineering; I find great joy and fulfillment in creating things that work...building something new, somehow making life better. I find that my engineering background provides a disciplined way of sorting through what matters and what doesn't, how to figure out what is true, and how to apply that understanding to achieve objectives. I apply these principles to my life, and it has brought happiness to me and to others. I also have lots of other hobbies and interests. I was on the varsity rowing team in college, and still get excited watching the Head of the Charles regatta. I do karate. I play pick-up soccer when I can. And I write. Fantasy novels of all things. I published a novel called "King's Fall," which is a fun adventure story, but also contains themes about following inspiration, redemption, courage, and finding truth. I have been a Mormon, and actively participated in the church, for all of my life. As a Mormon, I have always been a minority, surrounded by people who do not share or understand my beliefs. That has given me many opportunities to question what I believe, see things from other perspectives--and made my faith even stronger.

Why I am a Mormon

Sure, I was born and raised a Mormon. But that is not the only reason I am a Mormon today. Throughout my life, I have usually been the only Mormon in the room, in the building...felt like the only one on the planet sometimes. So why did I do it? Because it is true. I have read the Book of Mormon. I prayed to know if it is true. I received a feeling in my heart...really in my whole body...telling me that it was. If it is true, then Joseph Smith had to be a prophet, and this church really must be Christ's church on earth. I have had many more experiences, small and large, when my prayers have been answered, and I have felt the Holy Ghost telling me of principles in the church are true. But I have also observed carefully, that all of the teachings of the church work: they bring people greater happiness. No matter who you are, it will bring you joy, if you truly follow what the prophets teach. And as an engineer, that speaks to me. When you build an airplane, based on laws you think are true, and it flies...well, that is a strong evidence that those laws were indeed true.

How I live my faith

I trust in God and Jesus Christ with all my heart. I pray several times a day. I go to church every Sunday, and actively participate (teaching lessons for example). I am honest. I do my best to patient, kind, and forgiving...no matter who the other person is. I don't drink, smoke, or use drugs. I pay tithing, and also give to charities to help the poor and suffering. I care about other people and about making the world a better place. I place my family above work and above my own needs. I serve my wife and children; for their joy is mine. I served a two year mission in the Netherlands; a foreign country, speaking a foreign language, trying to share the most precious truth I had with people who often didn't care. I follow Jesus, in word and deed. This is how I live my faith.