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Hi I'm J. Evans

I'm a mom and a writer. I joined the Church when I was 18. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Midwest in a great Lutheran family. I learned about the church as a teenager and joined the Church a few years later at age 18. Life is hectic right now with 3 kids under 6 and having just moved into a new house in a new state, but it's lots of fun. In my free time I like to write, both fiction and non-fiction.

Why I am a Mormon

When I started dating an LDS boy in high school, I had no idea what a Mormon was. But I knew that was one of the best people I'd ever met. As I started to learn more about him, it seemed like his faith was a big reason. I was skeptical, but I started going to church with his family, then learning everything I could about the Church and eventually talking to the missionaries. Soon I believed that IF there was a true church, it was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It made perfect sense to me, and the more I learned the more sense it made. But I didn't want to join the Church just because of my own feelings that it was a good church. Mormons believe that it's important to get a personal "testimony" - or answer from the Holy Spirit - that the Church is true. I didn't really feel like I'd gotten one, and I still prayed hard for another year before I realized that I'd been receiving answers to my prayers all along. Every time I went to church, lived by one of the teachings of the Church, or read the Book of Mormon, I felt good about it and I felt happy. That was my answer! Since then I've come to feel closer to Jesus Christ and learn more about how to be happy by listening to those feelings in answer to my prayers. I can't imagine what my life would have been like if I hadn't come across the LDS Church.

How I live my faith

No matter how tired or busy I am, I always try to meet new people and be friendly. Jesus modeled kindness to everyone, and you never know what random act of kindness will mean a lot to someone. Teaching principles of the gospel to my children at home is also really important to me. We always attend church together and have a special devotional night called Family Home Evening on Monday night.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

J. Evans
Learn what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches, and then do it. Go to church, pray, read the Book of Mormon every day, keep the Sabbath day holy, keep the Word of Wisdom. Ask in prayer for God to let you know it's true. See how it makes you feel. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

J. Evans
1) Jesus Christ is the son of God and the head of our church. He's our spiritual "big brother" because we're all literally spiritual children of God, but he's the only one that is "begotten in the flesh." Jesus isn't the same person as God or the Holy Ghost, but they all work together in perfect harmony. 2) When Jesus came to earth he called apostles and set up his church, but as he was killed and the apostles were killed, the church split up and people went their different ways as they tried to interpret the scriptures. That's why there are so many denominations today. In 1820 Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus and they told him this, subsequently directing him to restore Jesus' church and teachings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 3) The LDS Church is led by a prophet today, who speaks with Jesus and is his spokesman designated to lead the church. 4) Mormons go to church just like other Christians on Sunday, but adults can also worship in special religious buildings called temples. In temples, we learn about the creation of the earth and make promises with God, have our families joined together for eternity (even after we die,) and do the same ordinances on behalf of people who died without them. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

J. Evans
I don't believe that a loving God in Heaven would send billions of his children to hell just because they died without knowing about his church or being baptized. So after people die, we get baptized on their behalf to extend them the opportunity of becoming members of the Church. This doesn't make somebody an "automatic Mormon," though. It's only valid if the person's spirit in the afterlife accepts it. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

J. Evans
I don't think there's any philosophy more empowering to women than the gospel. Husband and wife are different, but they're seen as an indispensable unit in the Church. I love that the Church feels that motherhood is so important. It totally validates me as a mother. Show more Show less

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

J. Evans
Lots of people interpret the Church's position on gay marriage as hatred or bigotry toward homosexuals. We believe that God loves everyone, no exception. That said, we also believe that he created marriage to be the foundation for a family with a mother and a father, and it's not up to us to change the definition. Show more Show less