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Hi I'm Fran

I've been a Mormon for nearly 50 years now. And, I am proud to be a a 70-year-old happy young lady. I love my life and family.

About Me

I love motorcycling, water skiing and doing anything that is challenging. Of course, my greatest and most gratifying challenge has been to be the mother of four children, eight grandchildren and one very active husband, Tom. Tom and I met in high school and have spent over 50 years together. Although we experienced a few divorces in our short lifetime, we have been together "this time" for 46 years. And, ironies of all ironies, my husband retired after 26 years as a marriage counselor. I've given him plenty of advice! I have always, always, always, valued our marriage and the temple sealing we both know has helped us develop a life-time and eternal relationship. We both love each other "to death" and will for the eternities. I am not sure what to say exactly, other than I have had a good life and know that being a Mormon has made all the difference in the world--and will for the eternities. Actually, I am really amazed that I have turned out to be a religious person. I am not over-zealous though, just happy and content. I truly do believe that Jesus Christ is the savior of the world and brought about the resurrection, and atoned for my sins. In fact, when I was baptized 46 years ago I absolutely felt 1,000,000,000 percent cleansed of my sins and knew I was a "new person," as they say. I felt wonderful!! And, I still feel wonderful today as a life-time active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am amazed at my long Christian life. I thank God.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, again, another near-impossible question to answer. I am a Mormon because: 1. The church is not overly "churchy." It is practical and reasonable in its doctrines and practices; 2. My marriage has been solemnized in an Mormon temple and I believe it will be eternal; 3. My husband, because of his church membership and full activity, has been loyal and loving and I appreciate his attempts to be a good Christian man; and, 5. My children and grandchildren view me as a good, loving person because I am a committed Mormon. In fact, my oldest grandson (now 23) wrote a tribute to me in his English class when in the ninth grade. I was stunned and brought to tears on how much he cared about me and believed in me. It was entitled "Maw-Maw." It is as follows: “When most people think of a ‘Maw-Maw,’ they think of cookies and other baked goods, but not when it comes to my Maw-Maw. She enjoys cruising down the street on her Harley-Davidson motorcycle. While my ‘Maw-Maw’ is exciting and fun, she is also very loving. “My Maw-Maw is one of the most exciting people I know. She loves to ride her Harley, even at the risk of her own life. Just a few months ago, she crashed on her motorcycle and bit right through her bottom lip. She also likes to water ski, go tubing, and anything else on the water when she rides her boat in the river. So I guess you could say she is pretty daring, tough, and exciting. “Although she is a tough old bird most of the time, she also is very loving and has a soft spot in her. . One time she almost started crying when my cousins and siblings started to argue because she cares about us so much. Whenever I am sick, she makes my favorite dish for me…Red Beans and Rice." Well, I hesitated to close with those three paragraphs because it seems too self-focused. But, because of my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have become a much better person than I could have ever imagined. And, that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith is quite the difficult question, actually. I don't know that I actually pre-think or pre-determine how I will act, other than I want to be a good representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, representing Jesus Christ's way of life. I want others to know that I am a Mormon and that it affects my actions, behaviors, my sympathies and my love of life. It truly does! Because I am a Mormon, I have served many years in the church and outside. The church encourages us to serve others. In fact, the primary message of the church is to serve others, everybody and anybody. I especially like what the Prophet Joseph Smith said about serving those in need. He said: "It is our responsibility to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church or in any other, or in no church at all, wherever he finds them.” I believe that statement is sort of the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is sometimes called the "royal law" (see James 2:8 ). I feel like a Christian when I serve others and treat people as literal children of God (Heavenly Father). I do believe that we are all virtually brothers and sisters. I have been a community activist and have been on our homeowners' board for a number of years. I have attempted to influence the community for good by helping keep it orderly and within city codes. I love my town and neighborhood and take pride in our home and yard. I guess I just "live my faith" by trying every single day to be a loving and serving Christian. I sense that most people like me and appreciate my friendship and service. I do feel valued by others as I serve them. I love my faith. I live it--to the best of my ability. And, I know that Jesus Christ if the redeemer of the world. I love to read about his service and love to others. I want to be like Him. I really do.