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Hi I'm Evan

I'm a Mormon. I'm an optometrist in Sparks, Nevada. I love northern Nevada, the people, the climate, and the mountains.

About Me

I grew up in Utah, but have lived in Nevada and California the last 24 years. My wife and I have 8 children and 2 grandsons. What defines us most is our family and that is what occupies the bulk of our time. We enjoy participating in athletics and have spent a lot of the kids growing up years at baseball, soccer, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and other games. We find that participating in these activities helps the kids learn to work hard, to set goals, to work as a team, to learn how to win and how to lose, as well as gives them time for exercise and fresh air. Sports are not everything to us though, we also enjoy playing games as a family at home, reading books, and spending time in the outdoors camping and hiking. I love my profession as an optometrist. It gives me the opportunity to meet people from all over the community and get to know them and their families. I am celebrating my twentieth year in practice this year. I have great partners and a great staff to work with who help to make my working days pleasant and interesting.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family with deep ties with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Many of my ancestors converted to the church near the beginning in the 1830s-1850s. With a strong family history in the church I was raised attending church each Sunday from my birth. I do not remember a time when I did not believe in Jesus Christ or in His church. But as I grew up, I realized that there are many choices out there and many ways and many churches in which one could express and live their faith. I have taken the time to research other faiths and to examine my own faith. What I have come to find is that everything I have been taught from my youth makes sense. As I hear the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the Mormon Church I find that it is in complete agreement with the Bible and that the truths taught in the Book of Mormon confirm the truths taught in the Bible. These two books of scripture work together to testify of Christ and of His mission. They work together to clear up false ideas and false doctrines. I have been convinced logically of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Again, it just makes sense to me and I find the answers to life's important questions are answered in the scriptures. I also have maintained my membership in the church because I have witnessed the wisdom and the direction that comes to me and other members of the church through modern day apostles and prophets. These men are regular men. They are like Peter, James and John; the fishermen. They are like Matthew the tax collector. Though they are ordinary men, I know that they have been called of God to lead His church today, just as Peter was called to lead His church when Christ ascended into heaven after his resurrection. Most importantly, I am a Mormon because the Spirit of God has witnessed to my spirit in undeniably clear ways time and time again that this is His Church.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith each day in the way that I interact with people I work and live with every day. Though it is not always easy, the church helps and supports my efforts to live a good life. The church has also given me opportunities to serve others. The church has a great youth program and mine has been the privilege to work with the young men of the church. I have had the chance to teach them, to go camping, hiking, and to help plan and help them carry out many other activities. I have been a scoutmaster for many years. I have had the opportunity to teach youth classes on Sunday. Teaching is great for me because as a teacher I think I have probably learned more than any of my students. The church is organized by geographic groups called wards. Each ward is led by a bishop. The bishop is called from among the members of the ward, an ordinary man with his own employment and family. In serving in the church I have had the chance to work as an assistant to different bishops. Working with the good people of the church like them helps me to live better. Associating with other good peopls helps my wife and I in raising our children. I love the fact that everyone in the church who is able is asked to help in some way. It is part of makes the church great.