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Hi I'm Frank

I'm a soldier. I'm a scientist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of five daughters. I am an Army officer and spent much of my career teaching physics at the United States Military Academy at West Point. I am a long-time church member and have servered in many ward, branch, and stake leadership positions. I joined the church at age 11. I am a returned missionary. I served for two years in the Korea Pusan Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the church has satisfactory answers to all my questions about life and the universe. As a scientist, I search for truth and logic in things. The restored church of Jesus Christ provides that.

How I live my faith

As a high councilor, I advise the stake presidency and supervise various stake-level programs. Specifically, I supervise the single-adult (30+) programs and addiction recovery and healing programs. I also am a financial auditor and check the wards and branches twice each year to ensure that church funds are collected and used properly. I also work with my wife in the nursery on Sunday playing and teaching children age 18 months through 3 years old.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Most of the church operations are financed through tithing. Members donate 1/10 or 10% of their income to the church. This money pays for the buildings and utilities and programs. Other than a very few exceptions, all work in the church is done by unpaid volunteers. There is not a paid clergy in the ward or branch, all work together to run the programs. The welfare and humanitarian relief programs are financed through additional donations called fast offerings. Members are asked to donate the cost of two meals each month (most give more) to help the poor and needy. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Homosexuality, as a sexual act, is a sin and always has been. Homosexual or same-sex attraction is not a sin but a challenge to many people who want to live God's law. A loose comparison is someone who might be addicted to drugs, alchohol or gambling. This person is still a Child of God and can resist the temptation to indulge in sinful behavior with help from friends, family, and most of all the power of Christ. I believe that those with same sex attraction need our help more than ever because the world is telling them that their feelings are natural and that acting on them is also natural and acceptable behavior. Acting on those feelings is not acceptable, homosexual actions were a sin in Abraham's time and are a sin today. I am very concerned about the attempt to redefine marriage as something other than a union between a man and a woman. That institution, also directed by God, is designed for the successful rearing of families. To change it is a mockery of God and a denial of the need for society to properly rear and teach children. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

A temple is not a meeting place for weekly worship services. It is a special buildings dedicated to the work of the Lord. Worthy members of the church receive ordinances in the temple that we believe are necessary in order to qualify for all the blessings in heaven. Members not only perforn these ordinances, such as marriage (we sometimes call this 'sealing') and endowments, for themselves but they also participate in these ordinances as proxies for those who have already died without them. We believe that all men will have the opportunity to accept the gospel and these saving ordinances either in life or afterwards but we believe that the ordinances can only be done on the earth in our mortal estate. Baptisms for the living are not done in temples but baptism for the dead is done in the temple. Show more Show less