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Hi I'm Frank

I am from the United States. I converted to the Mormon faith from the Catholic faith and have never been happier.

About Me

I was born and live in the United States. I was raised in in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As a young adult, the Navy and professional career has allowed me to live in many parts of the USA. I work as a production engineer in the petroleum industry. I design procedures and systems to get oil and gas out of the ground. I enjoy golf and snow skiing. I converted to the LDS church in 2002 and have never been happier.

Why I am a Mormon

One day while in prayer, instead of asking the Lord for things, I asked, "What would you have me do, Lord?" Never did I hear a voice so piercing with five simple words: "I want you to write." It was like it came from the very center of my being and was spoken directly to my mind. What was I supposed to write, where would the knowledge come from, who would it be for? Being the vain man that I am, I thought I would write some great conversion document for the world. It was, but the world it would change was my own. After many years of procrastinating I finally began reading the bible, ancient theological writings, and philosophy. Filling my mind and understanding with how Christianity progressed down from the time of Christ. I came to the conclusion that the original church was corrupted. I began to write a document called "Eternal Perspective." In this document I wrote what principles I thought were missing from the churches today from the original church: Christ established no paid clergy He sent the apostles on missions without purse and script He commanded us to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect (eternal progression) After the apostles were killed that no person on the earth was ordained of God (that I knew of) Therefore, God would need to ordain some person to have authority on earth. Christ creates unity; therefore only one church and not many sects Christ church was a hierarchy of apostles, seventies, priest, deacons, and so on. Many other things did I write. Fortunately, the Lord then placed someone in my path that knew of a church that held these same principles and that the gospel had been restored by Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. It was The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Over a period of months of investigation I found the message of restoration to be true. I am so glad I acted on the Lord's word to my mind to write. I have never been happier since joining the church.

How I live my faith

I believe that our Heavenly Father is a God of perfect law and justice but also a God of mercy and grace. He provided a savior who is perfect, like Him, to make up for our imperfections. Nevertheless, He does expect us to try to become perfect like Him through eternity. Keeping sacred covenants and the commandments as best I can is the best way to live my faith. The sermon on the mount was full of beauty and grace stating the status of those with different natures. The last verse is the greatest of the sermon on the mount and therefore the first: Matt 5:46 "be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect." Our Father in heaven expects us to try and be perfect but there is mercy attached to falling short; whereby, the Latter-day Saint faithful meet each week to repent of our sins, take the sacrament for the forgiveness of sins, renew our baptismal covenant, and take the Savior Jesus Christ's name upon us. We can try again to live perfectly being cleansed once again of our sins through the sacred power of the sacrament. In the LDS church we have callings, or jobs. There is no compensation associated with them other than the compensation we will receive from the Lord when we pass from this life to the next. I have had numerous callings in the church, each one just as important as the other. There is a joy associated with service in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ, and the joy comes from the companionship of the Holy Ghost when you are engaged in His work for His other children.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Frank
Women do not hold the priesthood because men and women are unique in their creation from a nurturing standpoint and procreative power. We are uniquely designed to meet the shortcomings of the other sex. While men are ordained to the priesthood, it is fully enjoyed and shared by both parties through the bonds of temporal and eternal marriage. Show more Show less