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Hi I'm J. Britt Franklin

I am a Latter-Day Saint and grew up in the state of Georgia.

About Me

I am originally from the state of Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1968. I served for more than 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1989. I was baptized into the Church in 1969 while serving in the Vietnam conflict at Nha Trang Air Base on the central coast of Vietnam. Since my retirement I've worked primarily in the computer technology field in a variety of positions and situations. I have been married for a little over 40 years to Wanda, the person who introduced me to the Church when we met as students at the University of Georgia.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Latter-Day Saint because the Holy Ghost has born witness to me on many occasions that The Book of Mormon is truly a book of scripture, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the restored Church and Kingdom of God on the earth. All that has been done and is now being done by the Church and its members is in preparation for the return of Jesus Christ to the earth. My experiences have taught me that God is truly our Father in Heaven and that He knows each of us personally and well, and desires for us to be happy and successful in this life and throughout eternity. He has given us all the tools to ensure this will happen if we choose to use these tools.

How I live my faith

Currently my wife and I are serving as directors of the Family History Center in our city. We--and the other volunteers who work in the Center--assist members of the Church as well as non-members in performing family history research to locate and identify their ancestors. Previously my wife and I served for a year as service missionaries, working in the mission office and also being assigned to a local Church unit. We have served in a wide variety of positions in the Church during our more than forty years of marriage. Such service has been a great blessing to us and our children.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

J. Britt Franklin
In his defense of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 1st Corinthians, chapter 15, the Apostle Paul includes as one of the central points of his defense that there isn't any point in being baptized for the dead if there isn't ever going to be a resurrection. 1 Cor 15:29 The entire chapter is devoted to refuting a false doctrine that was creeping into the ancient church that the resurrection of Christ did not really occur. Paul's inclusion of the doctrine of proxy baptism was one of the ways he argued in defense of the truth of the resurrection of Christ.  In addition, the writings of the Apostle Peter directly address the Gospel being preached to those were already dead, in 1st Peter 3:18-20 and 1st Peter 36, where it says "For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit." Those who are physically dead have the Gospel preached to them in the world of spirits ordinances for them are performed by proxy here in various Latter-Day Saint Temples around the world. If the dead hear the Gospel, accept its teachings and the ordinances performed, it is as though they had received those ordinances in this life. This ensures that every single one of Father's children will have the opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ, accept His Gospel and teachings, repent of their sins and be baptized by an authorized administrator--thus receiving the ordinances of salvation. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

J. Britt Franklin
Absolutely! We revere and teach from the Bible, but we accept other books as holy scripture as well. The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, is a volume of scripture written on the American Continent by ancient prophets who recorded their experiences and the experiences of their people on metal plates. One of those prophets, Mormon by name, abridged the ancient record onto another set of plates, recording only those things he felt inspirted to record, specifically selecting those things that would have the most meaning for readers in our day. Mormon's son, Moroni, completed the record and hid the plates in the earth. As a resurrected being he came to earth in 1829 and restored the plates to a young man named Joseph Smith in upstate New York. Joseph was given the gift of translation by Heavenly Father and thus we have The Book of Mormon among our scriptures today. It is America's witness for Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

J. Britt Franklin
It's been by far the greatest experience of my life. Membership in the Church has given me focus, direction and continual direction to assist in the choices my family and I have made. I have had a wide variety of opportunities to learn to love and serve others--regardless of their religious affiliation--and firmly believe that every person who has ever lived on the earth, who lives now or who will yet live is literally a child of God and thus my brother or sister. I have found the closest and most deeply personal relationship with family and friends because of the doctrines, teachings and practices of the Church and have a firm testimony that Jesus is the Savior of the world, the divine Son of God and our Redeemer and best eternal Friend. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

J. Britt Franklin
When Mormon missionaries are invited into your home they will teach you several key principles. Among those are Our Father in Heaven has always communicated to His children through His chosen servants, whom we call prophets.  Beginning in the early 19th century our Father restored the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth through another prophet, Joseph Smith. In subsequent revelations and teachings, God revealed the Priesthood, long since lost to the earth through apostasy, and restored to us the saving ordinances of the Gospel, including the all important ordinances performed in modern Temples for the living and the dead. You will also be taught about the commandments God has given to us for our blessing and benefit, and about His eternal plan of happiness and success for all His children. You will also discuss The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and also how all of us can know for an absolute certainty that these things are true by asking our Father in Heaven to reveal the truth to us. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

J. Britt Franklin
Absolutely! Many years ago while living in Wyoming, I was given an infallible proof and witness that Joseph Smith was truly God's prophet on the earth at the time of the Restoration. Since that time I have received numerous witnesses that Joseph's successors in the Presidency of the Church are also prophets of God on the earth. Most recently I have received the same witness about Thomas S. Monson, our current Prophet and President of the Church. To read President Monson's biography is to be inspired and amazed at the strength of his faith and testimony and the breadth of his mission throughout the earth. Show more Show less