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Hi I'm Frances

I'm an Oregonian, I'm a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have grown up in many different places across the United States. I was born in Oregon and my family and I moved back to Oregon when I was a senior in high school. Music and sports have been an influential part of my life. I played the clarinet in high school and have played the piano since I was 9. I love being outdoors, and am up for hiking, biking, skiing, swimming, and running! I ran cross-country and track all through high school. I have been learning Mandarin Chinese language since I was a freshman in high school. I always try to keep myself busy and am constantly setting new goals for myself. I rowed on the university's rowing team as a freshman in college, and was recently a resident assistant in one of the college's residence halls. Being involved in sports and student programs throughout my life has enabled me to learn more about myself through the experiences and backgrounds of other individuals. I am currently a missionary serving in the Washington Spokane Mission, waiting for my visa to serve in the Taiwan Taichung Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

Both my mom and dad grew up in the church, and I as well have grown up in the church. I was baptized at the age of eight by my father. A wave of extreme happiness flooded over me at the moment I rose out of the water. At a young age I always knew the church was true, but I did not necessarily know the way the Holy Ghost spoke to me. I wasn't sure what I was supposed to feel when receiving a confirmation of my faith on the Gospel. When in was 15, my family and I made a cross-country trip to historic church sites. One of those sites was the Sacred Grove, where the prophet Joseph Smith received a witness of God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. One the drive there, my dad and mom bore their testimonies of the Gospel and how they knew it was true. I wanted to know for a fact that the Gospel was true too. I remember being in the peaceful Sacred Grove, praying intently and earnestly inside my head as we were walking around. I did not receive any confirmation. Discouraged, we continued to go about the grove and to other sites. The following school year, my seminary class was discussing the Book of Mormon. I had the opportunity for the first time in my life to thoroughly read and ponder the teachings of the prophets and of Jesus in that book. At the end of the school year, I prayed to my Heavenly Father to ask if the things in the Book of Mormon were true. It was a simple prayer, but I remember a thought coming into my head simply saying, "You already know it to be true." It was that day I found out that the Spirit communicates to me through extensive study and prayer. As I study the verses in the scriptures through repetition, a click, a spark if you will comes into my mind, and that is when I know that what I am studying to be true. I am a Mormon because I know that through reading the scriptures, attending church, and praying allows me to gain a testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ. Through him, I can do all things.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to be an example of Jesus Christ. With every action and decision I make each day, I try to turn to Christ in every thought(D&C 6:36). As a missionary, as a family member, and as a friend, I want my actions to parallel my beliefs and my feelings regarding the Savior and His Atonement so that others want to deepen their relationship with Christ. I look for ways to better serve those around me, and I share my beliefs with those I come in contact with. I believe that daily prayer and scripture study, coupled with keeping the commandments are a witness to those around me that I am a disciple of Christ. Even though I fall short and make mistakes, I have a Savior who can help me change my heart and progress to become more like Him.