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Hi I'm Everth!

I live in British Columbia, Canada with my wife and 4 amazing children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a family man, I was born in Piscobamba, Ancash, Peru and immigrated to Canada in the early 1980's. Married with 4 children and have 4 grandchildren, I am about to retire after 35 years in the field of Commercial Printing and Graphic Arts. I was raised in the farmlands and high hills of Peru, South America, after immigrating to Canada I entered the printing industry and have dedicated my life to this career. Retirement will be where I can share more time and adventures with my wife Gail and eternal companion. As hobbies I love farming and spending lots of time in nature which is a good combination. As well painting, swimming, cycling, playing soccer, wood working and riding on horses is a diversion that I greatly enjoy. I have traveled much throughout my life and hope to continue rendering service in other parts of the world where people need a helping hand. My life is to be with my children and grandchildren who provide me with great joy when I am together with them. The ultimate role for me now is to serve my family and the Lord through all the opportunities that will present themselves anywhere the Lord wants me or needs me to go and serve.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in college in Trujillo, Peru-South America, before I joined the Church, I had a friend by the name of Ruben who invited me to his church, Methodist church, there I learned about John Wesley, the pioneer of the Methodist church, my friend challenge me to develop my core belief and then make sure that my life represented those. This made me start to think about what my beliefs were. In the following three years I began a journey looking at all religions to see what was there for me and what was true. Through various unrelated contacts with Church members of different sects including the Methodist church, I was able to start to discover things about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) that made it appealing. In the following few days I met a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He invited me and my older brother Arturo to his home and we began to associate with them a great deal. I saw that the way he lived his life and the way his family lived together that there must be something to this Church. Upon further investigation and reading the Book of Mormon and gaining a Testimony of its truthfulness I was baptized in December 1980. As I grew in the Church I came to develop that core belief that my friend had talked about some years before. I discovered it one day on my way home from college when I sat on the side of the road and took a walk down a tree lined lane. As I looked around it dawned on me how true everything I had learned in the Church was. I had reaffirmed my core belief. The Church brings us purpose as to why we are here on earth. It also provides us with hope for our time on earth and what will happen to us when we leave this world. I understood that God our Heavenly Father had an eternal plan of happiness for me and my family. I joined the church shortly after. Years later I moved to Canada where I met my wife. We were married in the Cardston Alberta Temple.

How I live my faith

I attend church meetings regularly each Sunday with my family. My volunteer church assignment involves being a leader and a Bishop of our Ward. I help church members to develop stronger faith in Christ by learning his gospel, making covenants and feeling the love of Christ in their lives with the purpose in becoming true followers of Jesus Christ. Also, I volunteer helping the youth of the church in the boy scouts program, as I participate with the youth in a variety of activities within this program, we gain much spiritual, social, emotional and cultural experiences. One of the best ways that I live my faith is showing respect for people in the same way the Savior shows love and respect for all of his children. I would hope that others would see me living my beliefs and values and that they would want to look into seeing what makes me happy. I live my faith by doing and attempting to do what is best for those around me. It is through service that we will find joy and discover who we really are. I am continually reminded by a living prophets words ..“Service is a key that unlocks a door to joy and happiness” (Pres. Thomas S. Monson). My wife and I value service to be a priority in our lives, we try to help people at all levels with all that they might need but our interaction has caused my wife and I to be blessed in our lives. We learn that the joy of service is what brings us true happiness. Many have passed away and we miss them greatly but having had our opportunity in our lives to have had the association with them has built a strong faith and testimony of this life and the life to come.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ really lived, that He was and is God’s Son. It contains the writings of ancient prophets. One of these, Lehi, lived in Jerusalem around 600 B.C. God commanded Lehi to lead a small group of people to the American continent. There they became a great civilization. God continued to call prophets among these people. The Book of Mormon is a collection of the writings of their prophets and record keepers. It is named after Mormon, one of the last of these ancient prophets. These prophets knew about Heavenly Father’s plan for His children and the mission of Jesus Christ. They recorded that Christ appeared, after His Resurrection, to the people in America, taught them His gospel, and formed His Church among them. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, testifying of His Atonement and His love. It supports and verifies the Bible. The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:4). Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

You can be forgiven of your sins through the Atonement of Jesus Christ by the process of repentance. Because Heavenly Father knew we would sometimes make wrong choices, He provided a way for us to be forgiven of our sins (John 3:16). He provided a Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross so that when we sincerely repent, we can be forgiven (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 4:6). When we sincerely repent, we: Confess the sin to both God and anyone who has been harmed by our sin. In cases of serious sin, confession needs to be made to the proper priesthood authority. Ask forgiveness from God and from anyone we have harmed. When possible, repair the damage we have done. Forsake our sins. Strive to keep the commandments. Sincere repentance brings peace and forgiveness. God has promised, “Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more” (Doctrine and Covenants 58:42). Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

“We are Christians in a very real sense and that is coming to be more and more widely recognized. Once upon a time people everywhere said we are not Christians. They have come to recognize that we are, and that we have a very vital and dynamic religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We, of course, accept Jesus Christ as our Leader, our King, our Savior...the dominant figure in the history of the world, the only perfect Man who ever walked the earth, the living Son of the living God. He is our Savior and our Redeemer through whose atoning sacrifice has come the opportunity of eternal life. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and witnesses of His divinity, His life, and His Atonement.” Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

A general falling away from the truth occurred after the death of Christ’s Apostles. This is called the Apostasy (Amos 8:11-12; Acts 20:29-30; 2 Timothy 4:3). When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He established His Church. After His Ascension into heaven, His Apostles carried on His work under His direction, through revelation and with His priesthood authority. After the Apostles and many righteous Church members were killed and other members departed from the truth, the Lord took the priesthood authority and His Church from the earth. Without God’s priesthood authority, the Church no longer functioned as Christ had established it. The ordinances were changed and many plain and simple truths were lost. While many good people and some truth remained, the original Church was lost. The Apostles prophesied of the falling away or Apostasy. One example is Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3). The Apostle Peter prophesied of the “restitution of all things” before Christ’s Second Coming (Acts 3:19-21). Having been lost because of the Apostasy, Christ’s Church and His authority were to be restored to the earth. This Restoration would make available the opportunity for all to receive once again all of the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith’s First Vision marked the beginning of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

“This Church has nothing whatever to do with those practicing polygamy. They are not members of this Church.... If any of our members are found to be practicing plural marriage, they are excommunicated, the most serious penalty the Church can impose. At various times, the Lord has commanded His people to practice plural marriage. For example, He gave this command to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon (Doctrine and Covenants 132:1). At other times the Lord has given other instructions. In the Book of Mormon, the Lord told the prophet Jacob “for there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife: and concubines he shall have none... for if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things (Jacob 2:27-30). In this dispensation, the Lord commanded some of the early Saints to practice plural marriage. The Prophet Joseph Smith and those closest to him, including Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball, were challenged by this command, but they obeyed it. Church leaders regulated the practice. Those entering into it had to be authorized to do so, and the marriages had to be performed through the sealing power of the priesthood. In 1890, President Wilford Woodruff received a revelation that the leaders of the Church should cease teaching the practice of plural marriage (Official Declaration 1). Show more Show less