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Hi I'm Evan

I'm a pediatric ophthalmologist and a scoutmaster, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm the father of seven great children and grandfather of three. My wife is the joy of my life and my answer to the question, "How are you?", is "better than I deserve." I am a pediatric ophthalmologist, specializing in chidren's eye diseases and eye muscle surgery for children and adults. I serve as a scoutmaster in our local Boy Scout troop and enjoy camping, astronomy, swimming and cycling.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to Latter-Day Saint parents and have a long heritage of ancestry in the Church, but like most thoughtful people, I came to a crossroads at which I had to decide whether I could make this faith my own. During my freshman year in college, I sought my own epiphany and received sufficient spiritual evidence to go forward. At this time in my life, I find confirmations of faith in nearly every experience and take joy in this rich avenue to truth.

How I live my faith

Faith has become the true center of my life and invests everything I do. I pray for my patients at my bedside and at the scrub sink and am grateful for this enhancement to my clinical preparations. Mormons make family the highest priority in orienting their commitments and I find great satisfaction in being with and watching the progress of my family. I have had many opportunities to serve in Church responsibilities, including service as a missionary among the hispanic people of California and as a bishop and stake president, and have found service to be deeply enriching. I have been involved in the Boy Scout movement for some time, but have found a new love for this organization as I have served as scoutmaster for the past year. Mormons were the first faith to embrace scouting in the United States and I take pleasure in observing the convergence of values in this great community organization and my church.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

My wife is my best friend and I am most grateful for the prophetic teaching that as life is eternal, so family relationships can transcend mortal death. I remember an epitaph written by a poet on the headstone of his beloved wife, "It is fearful to love what death can touch". This hope of eternal family answers, "It is wondrous to love what death cannot touch." Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

We view ourselves as dual beings, having a spirit or soul that is immortal that motivates a mortal body. Our spirit is the offspring of a Heavenly Father and returns to spirit world when it departs the body at death. Ultimately the spirit will be returned to a perfected and immortal body in an eternal existence whose characteristics are determined by our desires and acquisition of qualities that are Christ-like. Show more Show less