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Hi I'm Lynley Francis

I'm a lover of good food, good music and good company. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am very blessed to be the middle child of a big family! I've got eight siblings and two amazing parents, who I wouldn't trade for nuthin'. The variety of personalities in our crazy bunch make for fun family dinners and very memorable roadtrips. I'm a fan of coconut flavored anything and dark chocolate. I really enjoyed being involved with Student Government in high school and pal-ing around with my friends. Sophomore year of high school, my dad's job moved our family from Provo Utah to Bend Oregon. This move was tough for me, but turned out to be such a positive experience. I know it was part of Heavenly Father's plan for me because it placed new people in my path, many of whom I know will be lifelong friends. From that move, I learned that change is a good thing and the Heavenly Father is always in the details of our lives. Right now, I am experiencing another change of scenery. I traded the snow and dry heat of the West for the 90% humidity weather and deep fried food of the South. I'm serving as a full-time missionary in the Georgia Atlanta Mission, and am lovin' every minute of it! After my time here I will continue my education at Brigham Young University where I hope to pursue a degree in the field of Public Relations with film/videography on the side.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints isn't a religion that encourages me to just go to church once a week and proclaim to be a Christian. It's a way of living life that brings real, simple, and pure joy to me as I outwardly and inwardly try to express kindness and follow the example of the only perfect being to ever walk this earth, my Savior Jesus Christ. His Atonement is real and so powerful in not only relieving the burdens of mistakes we've made, but it also covers our everyday spiritual & physical pains, shortcomings, insecurities and weaknesses. He knows all of us perfectly, and loves us regardless of our circumstances. It's our condition as mortals to fall short and experience hard things, but I know that through Christ we can be lifted to "higher ground" and feel our weaknesses turn to strengths. He is our Master and Savior, Friend, Advocate and the best confidant out there. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ gives me something to strive for. It teaches me that I existed before this life, that I have a purpose for being here on Earth at this particular time, and that I will have the opportunity of living with my family forever after this life. I am a Mormon because it is a faith that gives me greater perspective and encourages me to come to know my Savior in a deeper, more meaningful way.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to emulate the Saviors example in all I do and say. It's no easy task that's for sure...but I know as I try every day to be a little better, a little kinder, a little more patient than the day before then Christ can make up the difference.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Lynley Francis
Church is every Sunday, and is comprised of 3 one hour meetings. The first of these is called Sacrament Meeting. It is here that the whole ward (people who live in close proximity to you) gathers to sing, pray and most importantly partake of the Sacrament, an ordinance that renews the covenants made at Baptism to always remember Christ. After the sacrament is blessed and passed by young men holding the Priesthood, several talks on spiritual topics are given at the pulpit.This is one aspect that sets our church apart from others. Instead of listening to a Priest or Bishop give a sermon, we hear messages from other members of the Congregation. It's unique because it allows people to share their own experiences of applying gospel principles and seeing God's hand in their life. After Sacrament meeting, we divide by different age groups for Sunday School. After the second hour, everyone is again divided into either Young Women/Relief Society for the women, or Young Men/Priesthood for the men. There typically is a common theme for the lessons taught in these hours, the main reason behind this is so families can all be learning the same topic and perhaps discuss with one another their feelings on what was emphasized at church that day. Show more Show less