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Hi I'm Kili Franks

I grew up in Redding, California. I play basketball for Dixie State University. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest (well my twin and I are) of 5 kids, born of goodly parents. I received a scholarship to play basketball out of high school which had always been my dream. Gladly accepting the scholarship, the thought of going on a mission never left my mind. I needed to decide if I wanted to pursue basketball or take an absents of leave and serve a mission then return to finish out basketball. After many prayers, fasts, and faith, I received the perfect answer. I would be playing one year, serving a mission, then return and play 3 more years. Heavenly Father blessed me with the mind set that I can accomplish everything that is important to me. Serving a mission won't keep me from playing basketball and it certainly won't keep me from eventually getting married. I get to pause my life for 18 months to be a disciple of Christ, and then continue on. I will accomplish all that is important to me, and important to the Lord. I am grateful Heavenly Father helped me to align my will with His, and I know that going on a mission is part of His plan for me. I am so excited to be a missionary!! I will be the first one in my family to serve a mission, and I am hoping that I will also be my family's mission, even from across the country, and bring them back to the truth. I love this gospel, I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ!

Why I am a Mormon

Being raised in the church with one active parents and one less-active parent is not easy. It was hard growing up when one parents goal for me was to earn an athletic scholarship which meant to travel for games (3 different sports), which meant playing on Sunday's, while the other parents wanted me home, to go to church, to gain a testimony, to grow in the gospel. So unfortunately, I grew up pretty inactive with all the traveling I did. I knew the church was true from a young age and I always held on to that. After a while, I missed going to church, I wanted that light I saw in all the other kids my age that were members, and I wanted more than anything to be able to actively go to church again but I was too scared to tell my mom that. So, I prayed. I asked Heavenly Father to give me the opportunity to go to church more often. The following week were soccer try-outs for my traveling team. A few days later my parents received a call from my coach informing them that I did not make the team. My parents were so shocked, considering I was a starter the past 3 seasons. They didn't give a reason other than they didn't feel it was right. I wasn't sad. I wasn't mad. I knew that my prayers were answered. I then had enough courage to quit my travel softball team and got to attend church a lot more with just playing travel basketball. I had to go to church alone for the next few years. My twin sister was still playing all 3 travel sports, my siblings had all fallen away from the church, and my dad was on the bishopric so he went to church a lot earlier than me, & I loved every second. I knew that Heavenly Father answered my prayers and He too wanted me to attend church more. I had a burning desire to learn more about the gospel and have the light I saw in the kids my age, so I did. And I still earned a basketball scholarship, & I just received my mission call! Every since that experience, I have known that the church is true, Heavenly Father loves me and He is always listening

How I live my faith

Being on the basketball team at the University I attend, means that I am always being "watched." I love this. It gives me the opportunity to share the gospel through my actions. My team actively participates in community service and helping anywhere we can. I come across a lot of people while being involved, which also gives me the opportunity to shine my light as I associate with them, and sometimes when the topic arises, I get to share the gospel through words!! I live my faith in all that I do, whether it be in the classroom, on the court, or going about my day; I strive to make all my thoughts, deeds, and actions all Christ-like.