What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Evan

I'm a pretty normal dude. I'm a father, and I work as an engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and have four children, ages 3 through 9. I enjoy the outdoors. I like hiking and camping. I'm grateful to live near the Olympic Mountains in Washington State, where there is incredible hiking in protected wilderness. I design bridges for work. I was part of the construction of the new Tacoma Narrows bridge several years ago, which was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. My kids are in public schools. They are happy. They like reading books and playing sports. My wife has been able to stay home and raise our children, which has been difficult financially but a great blessing to the children.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ when I was two years old. I grew up being taught in my home and at church that God is my Father in Heaven and that Jesus Christ is my hope for salvation. When I was little my mother had a small sign in our home that read, "Families are Forever." I always believed that I would be able to live forever with my parents and family, if we remained faithful to the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have that same belief and hope today. I have put the teachings of my childhood to the test and found that the principles of faith and life that my parents taught me are true. In my adult life I have tried to live true to the commandments of God, and He has confirmed to me in my heart that His commandments are the way to true peace and happiness. It is not easy to stand up for what you believe in, but I believe it is worth the effort. You are ridiculed for the beliefs that are not in harmony with society's current way of thinking. People tell lies and perpetuate falsehoods about you and your beliefs without being willing to ask you about them. And it is difficult to profess belief in a set of standards that are too high to fully meet. It is through these difficulties that I have come to feel the love of my Savior, Jesus Christ. He has comforted me and given me real peace, and I have become better able to reason for myself and to judge truth from error. I'm a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ and in his Church. Through striving to live true to the Gospel, God has blessed my life and helped me to find peace.

How I live my faith

The most important aspects of my faith happen in our home. We pray at mealtimes, pray at bedtime, and (try to) read the Bible or the Book of Mormon together in the evenings. We talk about life and our family together. We talk about what God expects of us. We try to make a home where the children feel safe and where everybody knows that Mom and Dad are trying to live the Gospel. We go to church on Sundays. Amy (my wife) and I have responsibilities at church. Our responsibilities have changed over time to be more or less time-consuming. We try to do our part to help our fellow church members to raise their children by volunteering to teach in the Sunday school or in the Youth programs. I was a Boy Scout leader for a few years for the unit that meets in our church building. Serving at church is rewarding, and it is often where we rub shoulders with our fellow church members. It isn't always easy, but I feel like it is all part of serving others.