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Hi I'm Evan

I am a complicated recovering workaholic, family-sports-life enthusiast, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up on a farm with many siblings. I had a wonderful childhood. Dad and Mom taught us to work hard and be good people. I played sports in High School: football, wrestling, and pole vaulting. I played football in college and really enjoyed it. I recently graduated with a degree in Construction Management; the perfect degree for me. I now work for a commercial construction company and I build houses on the side. I met my wife at a church dance. She is the best! Although I have the perfect wife who I love spending time with I must confess that I am a bit of a workaholic. Not really so much because I love to work, but because I love my wife and am not very good at telling her so I try to show it by doing all I can to secure our financial future. I also work so much because when we have children I want to be free to be there with them rather than working all the time. This is a balancing act that I am afraid I have lost lately. I am trying to steady myself in this regard. Thank goodness my wife is so understanding!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or a Mormon. I remember my father inviting me when I was very young (maybe six or seven) to lean on his and my mother's testimonies (knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ) until I obtained my own. So, I have always had a testimony...but, little by little growing up it became more and more my own. By the time I was in my early teens I had a strong testimony of my own. I obtained this testimony for myself through small yet powerful experiences such as: feeling good inside when I would hear things at church that were true, exercising faith by doing little things like praying for small blessings and recognizing the answers to those prayers, and by doing my best to obey the commandments so that Heavenly Father could show me the blessings that come from doing so. There have been the big moments as well like when I worked up the courage and faith to ask Heavenly Father specifically if the Book of Mormon is true and the subsequent sweet experience that I had there kneeling by my bed communicating with my Heavenly Father. Now I know for myself that we are children of a loving Heavenly Father who has a perfect plan for our happiness.

How I live my faith

The knowledge that I have of the truth of our Heavenly Father's Plan for his children including me has been such a blessing to me that I feel I have a duty to live it as well as I can and to share it with others. I try to live the gospel by trying to obey the commandments everyday. I try to be a good example everywhere and I try to do my best with opportunities Heavenly Father has given me...especially the little things. For example, when I was sixteen years old I had already learned that the Book of Mormon made me a better person as I studied it and tried to live by its teachings. In July of that year I went through an especially spiritual time. I felt that it was a fork in the road where I could alter my course only slightly and it would result in great differences of outcome far down the road. As I was praying one afternoon during that time, trying to figure out what I could do to be better and happier, I was impressed by the Holy Ghost through simple ideas in my mind reinforced by sweet feelings in my heart that I should read from the Book of Mormon everyday. Since then I have read from it everyday with the exception of only a few times where there were emergencies that required me to go without sleep for more than a day. I know that this book makes me more capable of being kind and caring to those around me. When I study the book of Mormon diligently I have greater power to resist temptations and keep myself on track. Now that I am married my wife and I read from the Book of Mormon everyday. It is a great blessing and helps us to be closer together and to be closer to our Heavenly Father.