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Hi I'm Evan

I'm a movie buff, I'm a musician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah and lived there until I was 7. Then, I moved to Oklahoma and I have lived there ever since. I am a lover of almost all music. I enjoy watching sports but I also like going to plays and musicals. I love playing the French Horn and the Trumpet. I absolutely love watching movies. I find most of the best memories with my family and friends have been at a movie theatre or at home having a movie night. I also thoroughly enjoy reading. My favorite book is probably "The Count of Monte Cristo" followed closely by the Wheel of Time Series. I am going to college to become a Cardiothoracic surgeon. I am a very family oriented person. I will take any excuse to be around my family. I thoroughly believe that my family is the greatest. I am the youngest of four. I have two older brother and an older sister. All three of my siblings are married to wonderful people. I have a nephew and two nieces. My parents have been happily married for 28 years and counting.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this church because it has brought me and my family true happiness. It is also true. This is Jesus Christ's church. He leads and guides it through modern prophets and apostles. I was born in the church but I was 16 or 17 when I gained my undeniable testimony that this is the true church. I received this testimony by truly wanting to know what my Heavenly Father wanted for me. I studied the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Then, I did what the Apostle James directs in James 1:5. That is if we lack wisdom we should ask God through prayer. I did that and through the Holy Spirit I know that this is where Heavenly Father wants me to be.

How I live my faith

As of right now I am a returned missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I lived my faith for two years by going and sharing it with others. I enjoy helping others learn about the Church and to invite them to see and enjoy the blessings and the happiness that I have found through this church. To me the best way to help others see the blessings that I see in my life is to invite them to stand beside me and see for themselves. Now that I am no longer a full-time missionary I will still live my faith by doing the best I can to help others.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Evan
It depends on the financial circumstance of each missionary. In my case I saved up as much money as I could during high school. I worked at several different businesses to be able to earn the money that I need. I learned valuable lessons about money management during those years. There are some missionaries that did not have the same opportunity for work as I did but they still had a genuine desire to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and spread His gospel. Those in that situation can receive help from their local congregation and also from the church in general. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Evan
 We as Mormons believe in the Holy Bible because it is the Word of God. We believe that God called or chose prophets from the beginning of time and those prophets wrote down the things that God told them to write down. We believe that the calling of prophets by God still happens. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and that since he called prophets in the past to lead his people and write what He told them that he would continue to do the same now. I know that the Holy Bible is the Word of God because the Holy Ghost has testified to my heart that it is true and also by the Holy Ghost I know that the Book of Mormon is also the Word of God.       Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Evan
The purpose of this life that the Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches is to learn and grow throughout our life and eventually return to live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We are here for that very reason. We have to prove to ourselves that we are willing to submit to the will of Heavenly Father and live a Christ-like life. Yes, none of us will ever be perfect in this life as Jesus was but through his grace we can be after we have proven our faith. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” So, it is by the things like baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost that we show our faith. Show more Show less

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

Evan
When you invite the missionaries to share their message with you they will set an appointment to sit down with your entire family. When that appointment arrives they will first ask if they can start with a prayer. Then they will share with you things about who God and about Jesus Christ and about how you can find out for yourself from God whether their message is true. I can tell you that it is because I asked God and He told me through the Holy Ghost that this is His church and that He continues to talk to prophets like He did to Moses and Isaiah. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Evan
Ward – a ward is a congregation of usually about 300 to 600 people. It is all the people who live within a specific geographical boundary. Presided over by a Bishop, who volunteers his time to the church, who leads and guides the ward. Stake – a stake is a group of usually 10 to 12 wards. A stake has a Stake President that works with the Bishops of the wards to make sure that all is going well for all those people that live within the geographical boundaries of all the wards. Branch – a branch is a smaller congregation than a ward and is usually has a number of 300 or less. A branch is presided over by a Branch President.   Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Evan
Yes, we are Christians. We believe in Jesus Christ of the New Testament. He is our Savior, Redeemer, and the Son of the Living God. We believe that He lead this church through revelation to His chosen servants. Just as is say in Amos 37, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." I can testify that Jesus Christ leads this church and that this is His church. It is The Church of Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and that it is by His sacrafice that we are saved. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Evan
The Book of Mormon is an ancient record written by the ancient of the American continent. It is scripture like the Bible in the sense that is it the record of God’s dealings with his children but it is in the Americas instead of the Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. The Book of Mormon, just like the Bible, tells of Jesus Christ and His infinite sacrifice for us. The Book of Mormon covers approximately 1000 years from 600 B.C. to 440 A.D. The Book of Mormon also records the visitation of the resurrected Jesus Christ here in on the American continent. That account is found in 3 Nephi Chapter 3 through Chapter 27. I know that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are the word of God and I know because I asked God in the name of Jesus Christ to know the truth and anyone can know for themselves by doing the same thing. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Evan
The priesthood is the power and authority to act in the name of Heavenly Father. It is like the state authorizing a police officer to pull people over. So, without that authorization the officer wouldn't have any more power than an ice-cream man. When it comes to the things of God the same authorization is necessary to perform things such as baptism. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Evan
The First Vision is where Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith. Joseph was 14 years old at the time and was very confused about which church was Christ’s church. His confusion mainly came from there being some many ways that claimed to be the way back to Heaven. He decided to rely on the scriptures. He was reading one day and he came to the Epistle of James chapter 1 verse 5 which reads, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given him.” Joseph later said that this verse had made a very strong impression that he needed to go to God with his questions instead of other people. So that is what he did. In the spring of 1820 he retired to a grove of trees close to his home in Palmyra, New York. He then knelt down to ask God in prayer which of all the churches should he join. In his own words this is his experience, “I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. … When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other – ‘This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!’” Joseph Smith did see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and anyone can know for themselves by reading the Book of Mormon and more importantly asking God. Show more Show less