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Hi I'm Frank

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Utah and have lived in Las Vegas, San Diego, and again Utah. Currently live in Las Vegas Nevada .

About Me

I grew up on a farm, riding horses and driving cows to pasture each morning and getting them back in the afternoon for milking. During my youth I worked at a canning factory, a tire wearhouse, and a military base. Upon graduation from a four year college I worked for a welfare department. I then earned a Masters in Social Work and counseled with people for 35 years. I am married to a wonderful wife and we have seven children and twelve grand children. I have tried to do home repairs as needed, and yard work. I am kind of a simple man who's hobby is my family. When our children were growing up we did monthly individual time with each child. During the summer months I took each child for a hike and campout in the mountains near our home. These were choice times laying under the stars and talking together, and building a father child relationship, which I and the children cherrish. My wife keeps track of all birthdays and other special events, and I get to help her and be there for these times.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a life time member of the Mormon church. At some point I needed to go through the same process that someone would go through being a convert. What I mean is that having a conviction of its' truth only comes through scripture study, prayer, and application of what I have learned so I can know it for myself. As a church member I am subject to many of the challenges that anyone would have in this world, but I feel like a knowledge and testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ is an anchor in my life, helping me to deal with whatever challenge comes along in my life. It gives me peace and the kind of strength that comes when we place our burdens on the Lord, because his yoke is light, and He carries us through adversity. The feelings I have inside did not come from intellectual study of the gospel alone, because true conversion which is lasting can only come through getting on my knees and asking the Lord to give me a feeling in my heart about its truthfulness. Knowing whether this church is true cannot come from intellectual study alone. It comes through the spirit of the Holy Ghost who tells us the truth of all things. With all of the turmoil going on in the world today, and the attacks on the family I could be very afraid, but I am not. The gospel of Jesus Christ gives me hope and my faith carries me through. I know that Jesus Christ is in charge of this earth and will cause things to turn out right for those who also have faith in him and try to live his commandments. If you are looking for the same anchor of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in your life I encourage you to contact the missionaries in your area and discover for yourself the peace and joy it can bring into your life.

How I live my faith

I retired about 10 years ago but started working again at a hardware/home center store. Since retiring again I have done volunteer work in my community as a receptionist at our Civic Center, Public Library, and as a driver for Meals on Wheels. In my church I am a secretary for one of the men's organizations. My wife and I served for 8 months in the Texas Dallas Mission, living in a city called Greenville. We were member & leader support missionaries. What a great experience this was, with memories that will last a lifetime. We are now serving a type of mission in Las Vegas where I am in a Bishopric. When we feel directed we will return to Springville Utah and put in more papers for another mission.

What is being a Mormon like?

To me it is a total way of life. What I mean by this is that it is not something I put on Sunday morning, and take off Sunday night. It is a part of my life every day and night of the week, 24/7. This to me is the way living the Gospel of Jesus Christ should be. This is possible to do because we can carry the gospel with us in our heart and our thoughts. It is possible to have a prayer in our hearts anytime we want to. How I treat people at all times should be how I would treat the Savior if he going on a walk with me. Every one of us is a child of God, with devine potential within us. Each one of us is different and unique in our own way. We each have our unique personalities, which makes life interesting. We each have some kind of gift or talent which can enrich someone else's life. What we do with our life here on this earth should have real meaning and eternal significance. We are given to precious gifts in this life. One is time, and the other is the agency or freedom to use our time the way we chose. We can spend our time going after worldly pursuit's and posessions, or we can use it in giving service to others and being kind to them. There are many ways to do this such as helping in our communities, saying a kind word to someone, smiling and greeting someone in a kind way, visiting someone who is homebound or lonely, giving of our time, talents, and financial resources if possible. We should pattern our lives after the life of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less