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Hi I'm Evan

I have been a Mormon all my life.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for 44 years. We have three adopted children, all adults. I am retired from one of the U.S. major airlines, and continue to work as a real estate inspector, as well as doing home repairs. I am one of ten children, and my parents have 56 Grandchildren and 84 Great-grandchildren. There are a total of 197 living descendants of my parents, which includes spouses of their Grandchildren. My wife and I met during a production of the musical 'Brigadoon,' in which I had a lead role. We knew in an instant that we were to be married, which took place eight months later, after she had been a Mormon about nine months. I have been a Mormon all my life, and had previously served a mission for the Church in Switzerland. I like to sing, play softball, run and/or walk with my wife and our dog and work with my hands.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family, where parents tried to teach us all right from wrong. After reading the Book of Mormon as an eighteen-year old, I decided to prove the words of the Prophet Moroni, who said I should ask God if the words I had read were true, and that if I did this with real intent, having faith that I could receive an answer, I would truly know by the power of the Holy Ghost, and that by the Holy Ghost, I could know the truth of all things. The answer has come to me by the power of the Holy Ghost, over the time since then. Conversion was not, for me, a one-time, all-inclusive event, but rather a process that continues today, as I continue to grow, and receive confirmation that Jesus is our Savior and Lord, that he is willing to guide our lives as long as we keep his commandments and repent of our sins. I am a Mormon because I know that God lives, that He has prepared a plan by which ALL His children are given opportunity to return to live in His presence, conditional upon our acceptance of the grace of His Son, and our willingness to follow His commandments, and endure to the end, as Jesus did.

How I live my faith

One of my callings in the Church is Ward Choir Director. I love music, and it is a distinct privilege to me to direct a small choir of fellow congregation members as we prepare for and sing in our worship services. It never fails to stir my spirit as I stand before this small group and hear their earnest singing. Another thing I enjoy doing is helping other members with their projects at home, or serving them in times of their need. In this vein, recently, I had the opportunity to tour a Childrens' home, which is in need of repairs to some of the buildings and grounds. During this tour, I took notes about the needed repairs. A few weeks later, another friend and I again toured this facility to nail down the things we would plan to do. I felt the warmth and gratitude of the Administrator, as we determined the projects we would take on. We plan to begin this project in a few weeks. I am a member of a very large extended family. My Great-grandmother issued a challenge to her sons before her death in 1943, that they should hold family reunions every year, without fail. They kept that promise to their mother, and the following generations have continued to this day. My generation is now the one that continues this tradition. It has become so important to my family, that my wife, who was an only child, started a similar tradition among my brothers and sisters, which, while not as regular the "Big Bair" reunion, is being revived again. We call it the "Little Bair."