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Hi I'm Evan

I grew up in Illinois. I am a neurobiologist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the country of Illinois as the youngest of a family of six. I spent most of my time outdoors playing with my siblings, reading books, watching movies, working in the family garden, eating, or sleeping. But along with these things I tried to stay active in school activities. I grew up competing on the school wrestling, track, baseball, football, and basketball teams. I was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, 4-H, the National Honor Society, the school band, and I played a couple parts in some of the school plays. At the conclusion of high school, I enrolled in college. However, I did not stay there long before receiving a call to serve as a missionary for the church. I served a full time mission for the church from September 2010 to September 2012. Upon my return, seven step siblings with all of their spouses, children, their loving mother, two additional brother-in-laws and many more nieces and nephews have been added to the family. I have been married to a lovely wife, and I now am set to graduate from college with a degree in biology (neuroscience emphasis). Nobody told me when I was coming into this life how busy it would be. Regardless, I have had many great opportunities to learn about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints, and am proud to say that I am a member of the church. I love my family. I love to be outdoors. I love to learn and try new things. I love to meet and talk with new people.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the experiences that I have had in my life. I have come to know through many answered prayers that God is there and is listening. I have come to know that Christ's Atonement really can lift the burden of sin if I am willing to repent. I have come to know that there is more to this life than just living and dying; we really are all brothers and sisters of a loving Heavenly Father and this church helps me to remember that and continues to provide me ways to serve those around me. The Holy Ghost has testified to me on more than one occasion of the truthfulness of the doctrine of the Plan of Salvation and the Restoration of the Gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith. It has also testified to my heart and mind about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon as I have read through that book several times over. My membership has been due to an accumulation of small testimonies built up over my lifetime.

How I live my faith

The church has a program set up for members to visit other members of their local ward to develop friendships and discuss the Gospel in a setting away from the weekly Sunday meetings. The program is known as "hometeaching." I try to live my faith by visiting members of my ward at least a couple times each month and get to know them. I also try to live my faith by fulfilling any other assignments given to me. Currently, I am assigned to work in the temple and because of this assignment I get to help perform sacred ordinances for the dead and the living. In the church, we believe everyone should have an opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ and the sacrifice He performed for us. We also believe everyone should have an opportunity to receive a remission of their sins if they so desire. In order to receive a remission of our sins, we have to follow the path taught by Christ which requires us to receive certain ordinances one of which is baptism. So what happens to all of those who have died without a knowledge of Christ? What happens if they lived in a place where his teachings were not taught? Are they supposed to be damned just because of where they were born? We have temples and I serve in the temple so that the individuals who died without a knowledge of Christ can have their work done by proxy for them. Temples are also the place where many latter day saints go to get married. They go to the temple to get married because there authorized individuals may seal them together in marriage for this life and for eternity whereas every other place we get married on this Earth is only "until death do we part." What happens if someone is married outside the temple? Did they miss their chance to marry in the temple? No, they can still get married in the temple and get sealed to any children that they have they just have to live worthy to enter the temple and make the necessary preliminary covenants.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement of Jesus Christ includes: his suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:44), his suffering on the cross (John 19:17-18), and His victory over death through His resurrection (Luke 24:21-23). The purpose of His sacrifice was to allow all who had a desire to repent of their sins an opportunity to repent (Mosiah 2:31-41). We are all sinners and make mistakes (Romans 3:23), but we can choose to follow Heavenly Father's commandments anew. If we follow the proper steps of repentance and covenant to live His commandments, we can be forgiven time and time again through Christ's Atonement (Moroni 6:8). There really is no end to Heavenly Father and Christ's capacities to forgive. If this sacrifice had not been made then all mankind would have been lost (Mosiah 16:4), but because He performed this sacrifice out of love (Ephesians 5:2, Doctrine and Covenants 34:3) mercy is able to satisfy the demands of justice. Christ was able to perform this sacrifice because He was chosen and was without sin. He truly does love us. He wants us to live with our families together forever in happiness. He wants us to be able to stand spotless at the last days when we stand to be judged of our works. There are many more scriptures that talk about the the Atonement and many more qualified witnesses than I am to talk and teach about the Savior, but I add my witness to the theirs of the truths mentioned above. I know them to be as they are written to be. Show more Show less