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Hi I'm Evan

I grew up in New York, the only Mormon in my school.

About Me

For over twenty years, until I retired in 2015, I was an administrator and teacher at a Catholic university, a job I really enjoyed. I've been married to the same lovely lady for over 40 years. We have six grown kids. I spend a good bit of time caring for our disabled oldest son. I bathe, shave and dress him and get him off to work in the mornings, take him for walks, and help him do his exercises. He follows me around as I work in the garden or when my wife and I go almost anywhere. I like to make sourdough pancakes for breakfast every Saturday morning. Often on a Friday night my wife and I—and our son—will sit down to watch a Netflix movie.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormon, but this isn't a religion a person just inherits—it's too much work. For me it is a choice I make every day. When I was in high school I had many friends of other faiths. We often talked about religion. I wasn't sure what I believed. My mom encouraged me to find out for myself. I read the accounts of the Savior's life in the Bible and Book of Mormon. I prayed sincerely to know if Jesus is truly what the scriptures say. I learned for myself, because the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart, that Christ lives and that He made it possible for me to return to live with God. As a result, I want to follow His teachings. Later I learned for myself that the Book of Mormon is a true record, written by prophets, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, who restored the true Church of Jesus Christ. I know these things for myself, not because anyone else told them to me.

How I live my faith

I kneel and pray to God every morning before I begin my day. Then I read a selection from the scriptures. I want to have God's influence and guidance every day, in everything I do. I feel His help all the time. I feel He's very close to me and helping in my daily life, in my efforts to be a better husband and father and friend. My wife and I are assigned to fellowship and support a number of special people in our congregation. We visit them every month and try to encourage, teach and strengthen them. Our disabled son always goes along. People love him, and somehow I think he gives them extra hope and courage. I'm especially concerned about living the gospel in my family, which to me is the most important place to live out my faith. I love my wife, and she loves me. We love our children, and we have peace in our family. For this I am very grateful. My wife and I also think a lot about our parents and our ancestors. We're trying to preserve their stories and photos and pass them on to our children and grandchildren so that they will know who they are and recognize the source of our many blessings and advantages.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Evan
No. The Church does not endorse political parties or candidates. The Church does encourage its members to participate in the political process, because we believe that God instituted governments so that we can live in order and harmony with one another. The Church therefore encourages members to be knowledgeable about the political process and to vote for candidates who are honorable and who advocate policies in keeping with their values. The Church also encourages its members to be active in their communities—on boards, committees, and the like—and to work cooperatively with good people of all faiths to strengthen their communities. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Evan
There is no way I can merit salvation without the grace of Jesus Christ. I've sinned—knowingly done what I knew was wrong, and I've made plenty of mistakes in my life. Without the atonement of Jesus Christ I can never be clean and worthy to return to my Heavenly Father's presence. I am grateful beyond words for Christ's gift of the atonement. I know that because of Him I will rise again in the resurrection, and my sins will be gone. However, I also know that grace is not a free pass. Christ's grace is conditional: I have to do my part, and my part is to repent, to turn away from sin and turn to the Him. He expects me, indeed requires me, to prove myself worthy of His gifts. He requires that I exercise faith in Him to change my heart, no longer to desire evil, but instead to desire good. He requires me to be baptized as a sign of my willingness to take His name upon me, to remember Him, and to keep His commandments. If I will do these things I know that through His grace I can and will have peace in this life and will inherit eternal life in the life to come. Show more Show less