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Hi I'm Elder Franchino

I grew up in Spokane Wa, and am now serving a mission in the Florida Tallahassee Mission

About Me

I was born in Spokane WA, and spent all of my childhood there. I love to do anything exciting, especially outdoors! My hobbies include cliff jumping, shooting every firearm I can get my hands on, wake-surfing, dirt biking, and Powerising (basically Parkore on stilts that have huge springs in them). I also love anything mechanical; I will take everything apart until I know how it works. I was very active in my high schools robotics team and we went around to different cities and competed in a national bracket. I absolutely love building and inventing, my father is a general contractor and ever since I could swing a hammer I have been working on the construction site and have worked on everything from big to small, from fixing a broken door on a cabinet to building a Mc-Mansion. I also have spent my teenage years as a Lifeguard at the Spokane city pool near my house and love that job. I worked part-time at a dinner and hope to return to working there after I complete my mission; I love life and always try to live every day to the fullest!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know of no other faith that contains the FULLNESS of the Gospel. I see in all the other faiths questions that can't be answered, or beliefs that can't be validated, or in some cases just ill-logical deduction when reasoning through a belief. In general I love this church because it just makes sense... All of it! But ultimately I can't base my belief off of logic alone, once I felt comfortable that I was on the right rack I sought out a spiritual testimony for myself, I turned to prayer and study and listened to the whisperings of the spirit in my life, and now I know. If the spirit had not confirmed that this church was true, I would have turned and fled, but I know by the power of the Holy Ghost that "... Jesus Christ is the savior of the world....and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah." (Book of Mormon, Introduction page) As I said, I started with logical deduction and searched out the truth with my own understanding, then turned to the lord and he gave me the spiritual witness to couple that. And with both in hand I can confidently say I have found the truth like Philip of old, and extend the same invitation to everyone as he did Nathanael, "Come and see." (John 1:46) Come find out for yourselves...

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day of my life, some days better than others, but I always am pushing myself to improve. I have a great love for my savior and my appreciation for everything he gave to me and everything that he did for me drive me to become more like him every day. I know that I am a much improved person now compared to how I use to be, I am happier, more mature, wiser and in general just more content with my situation and where I am headed. And I am confident that I will continue to become even better than I am now, and that comes from both my heart as well as from looking back at how far I have come. I have gained a deep appreciation for the gift a giving service while serving my mission. I also have gained a great testimony of the Gospel as I have lived the commandments taught by Christ as well as the commandments he has given us in these latter days. I know because I have put Christ's words to the test, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." (John 7:17) When I have lived the Gospel I have gained a testimony that it all, both ancient and modern, is of God. And that by living the gospel, and honoring my covenants, I have improved so much in my life.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Elder Franchino
To become a Saint, and indeed we believe that we are Latter-day saints, one must be cleansed of sin through baptism and receive the Holy Ghost. We recognize that this must be done by proper authority to be sanctioned by God, and that all previous baptisms one might have gone through prior to becoming a Latter-day Saint were not sealed by proper authority. And so new members are re-baptized. This is not to say that all other baptisms are at all a transgression or are un-clean in the sight of God, for I am sure he smiles upon all who are trying to come closer to him and follow his example, but rather we are stating that one must be baptized by those who are in authority to do so. (The Articles of Faith, 5) Show more Show less