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Hi I'm Frank

I grew up in Kansas. I teach economics at Rutgers. I'm married to a wonderful wife and four active kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the father of four kids ages one to twelve. I grew up in Kansas as the fourth child of five. In high school I enjoyed math and politics and philosophy. I spent a lot of time doing high school debate. After learning a little economics in Junior Achievement, I majored in economics in college and have been doing it ever since. I teach at Rutgers in New Jersey. I also do economics research covering all sorts of topics, from low-skilled wages in Brazil, to personal bankruptcy, to criminal justice and the bail system. I enjoy my work and I enjoy the chance it gives me to spend time studying and learning about new things. I also love the flexibility it gives me to spend time with my family. I enjoy reading books to my children, playing games with them both on computers and on boards, and spending time with my wife.

Why I am a Mormon

Being raised in the Church, the choice to be a Mormon was far easier for me than for many others. I had the chance from early on to study and learn about the doctrines of the Church from the inside out. I doubt that if I had been raised outside the Church I would have been inclined to give the kind of time and energy it would have taken for me to get to know the Church as well as I did by the time I became an adult and was seriously making decisions about whether or not I wanted to stay in the Church. After leaving home for college, I spent a lot more time praying and reading the scriptures to gain my own witness of the truth of the gospel. I remember on more than one occasion, praying to know if the Book of Mormon is true. The summer after my freshman year, I did have an experience while praying where I felt the Holy Ghost telling me that the Book of Mormon was true. But even more important than that are the countless times I have felt that Spirit testify to me as I told others what I believed. I know that God lives and the Jesus is His Son not just because of one specific event, and that knowledge is as much through the grace of God as through any one particular experience.

How I live my faith

I've done all sorts of things to help keep my local congregation running, but sooner or later I usually end up teaching a church class, since that is what I most enjoy. It encourages me to think about the gospel in new ways and help others think about what the scriptures mean for them. More than any calling, though, most of the way I try to live my faith comes out in trying to be a good husband, a good father, and a good neighbor.