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Hi I'm Evelyn Anne Maughan

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in California, went to BYU, lived in England and then moved to Phoenix, Arizona to raise my family.

About Me

Our children always knew we would be 100% in living the gospel of Jesus Christ and following a living prophet. Our family was strengthened daily with family prayer and scripture reading, and we enjoyed participating in Family Home Evening each week. My four children all were married in the temple and have given me 24 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. They are faithfully serving in their wards and stakes. I am 78 and enjoy serving as a ward missionary. I am blessed with good health and recently purchased a KIA Soul car. It represents my attitude toward the good life I live.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Southern California before and after WW II. There were very few Mormons in my school classes. I was often asked questions about what I did for fun since I didn't drink or smoke. One of the subjects they were curious about was polygamy. Each of these experiences helped me to become a stronger member of the Mormon church. My father was not a member and he smoked and drank coffee. I hated the smell of smoke and coffee, so they were never a temptation. Our mother was faithful and we were at church each Sunday. For a few years our meetings were held in a rented Masonic Temple, while we raised the money to build a church. My father helped my brother's scout troop raise money to make a trip to Salt Lake City for the Days of '47 celebration. While on that trip he told our bishop he thought he was ready to be baptized. Two years later our family was sealed in the St. George, Utah Temple, which was the closest to our home. He worked very hard to help other men like him to either return to activity or join the church. Our mother was such a great example to all of us and as a result my brother, sister and I have been active all our lives. We had great leaders in our ward. Many of them came from Utah for the opportunities that were available in California. By the time I graduated from high school there was a wonderful group of LDS youth to have fun with. Some of our non member school friends loved to join us for lunch because we had such a fun group. They also loved to be invited to our church activities and some joined the church. I feel so blessed to be on earth at this time when the gospel has been restored in its fulness. I am so grateful for the faith of my pioneer ancestors, who joined the church in Denmark and England and made such great sacrifices to come to America. I don't know how I would have been able to raise my family without the help of great teachers and ward leaders.

How I live my faith

My favorite calling in the church is being a missionary. I love being able to teach others about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am so grateful to be a visiting teacher and to have a visit most months from my home teachers and visiting teachers. Since we do not have a paid ministry, it is important that ward members fulfill their calling to visit families regularly, so our bishop knows how his ward members are doing. When I was much younger I served in the organizations that were responsible for children and youth. I went to girl's camp four times and enjoyed being on staff or cabin mother to wonderful young women. Teaching is so important in all the organizations and through the years I have benefitted from being a teacher to children and adults. I study the scriptures every day and continue to learn more about the life and ministry of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Since there have been prophets on the earth since the time of Adam and I am grateful for the scriptures that tell us of their experiences. I am grateful that we have the Book of Mormon which is the history of God's dealing with the people who lived here in the Americas.