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Hi I'm Frankie Smith

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and grew up in Anniston, Alabama. I joined the Church when I was 21 years old, a junior in college at Jacksonville State University. I have been married for 37 years, and we have four children and eight grandchildren. I have been an English teacher, a math teacher, and am currently a school librarian. I, of course, love to read, to put together jigsaw puzzles, to do counted cross stitch, and to watch the Braves play baseball. I am also an avid genealogist. I volunteer at the Family History Center in Birmingham one day a month. Life is good!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was thirteen years old, I was attending Wayside Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. It was during the height of the Civil Rights movement, and tension was high in our community because of segregation. No other members of my family attended church at the time, so I rode with one of my neighbors and sat in the back row of the chapel. One Sunday, the preacher stood at the pulpit and informed the congregation that the black people in our community were attending white churches, and they would probably come to ours. My neighbor, who took me to church and taught me so much about the gospel of Jesus Christ, stood and said, "If a black person enters this church, I will walk out." I felt that God was not prejudiced, and it really shook my faith in the people in the congregation, who echoed her sentiments. I stood up at the back and walked two and a half miles home. I never went back. But I had a deep-rooted belief in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ. About seven years later, I was a junior in college, taking a course called "The Bible as Literature." I read the great book cover to cover and was fascinated by the doctrine taught. I took notes and decided to find a church that would follow the truths that I had read in the Bible. So I went to the university library and checked out 25 books on 25 different religions. I decided to read until they contradicted the notes I had taken. I didn't get very far in any of them until I read about Judaism. But I put that book down when they denied Jesus Christ as the Messiah. The last book I read was A Marvelous Work and a Wonder by LeGrand Richards, an apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Every point he made in the book took me to my notes and the scriptures I had marked as I read the Bible. I somehow knew that I had found the true and living Church of Jesus Christ on this earth. I had a German professor who was a member of the Church. He baptized me, and my testimony has grown daily.

How I live my faith

I stand as a witness of Jesus Christ in everything I do. Currently, I am the choir director for our congregation. I also teach a youth scripture study class every morning during each school year. Preparing for those classes requires diligent study in the four standard works of the Church: Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants. The knowledge I gain helps me to understand the doctrine of the Church and to practice its precepts.