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Hi I'm Evan

I'm a missionary and a student at The Ohio State University. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in West Africa. I am also a student at, and avid fan of, The Ohio State University. I love my family and the people that I serve. Running and sports are my passions.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a proud member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a.k.a. a Mormon. How very grateful I am for our Savior Jesus Christ and the opportunity that I have to be a member of His restored Church. I was born and raised in the Church by wonderful parents and a loving family. Growing up I relied heavily upon the testimonies of my parents and other leaders in my local congregations. I am happy to say that I now have a strong knowledge and testimony of the Gospel and Church of Jesus Christ. Through reading and praying about the Book of Mormon I have come to know that it, along with the Bible, is the word of God, that this is the true Church and that we are guided by modern-day prophets who receive revelation as in olden times. Daily scripture reading, Church attendance, and sincere prayer are the keys to any conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. How very grateful I am to my Heavenly Father for the knowledge and guidance I have received by being a member of the Church. I know He lives and loves us. His son Jesus Christ atoned for us. Through Him we can receive eternal life. The Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, is the word of God. Joseph Smith was a true prophet, called of God, and Thomas S. Monson is our beloved prophet today. You too can know for yourself if these things are true! Read the Book of Mormon. Then, put God to the test and pray about it.

How I live my faith

My faith is centered on and in my Savior Jesus Christ. I always try my best to be a great example just like He was and still is for me. I always look for small ways to brighten someones day, whether that be holding the door open for them or just smiling at a stranger; I try my best to show my love for others. Daily prayer and scripture study is the foundation of my faith and my testimony. As I read and the scriptures I find answers to questions and feel closer to my Father in Heaven. Through prayer I communicate with God on a very personal level which helps me get through the difficulties of life. As I served a mission for the Church in West Africa I grew to understand how much action is required to have faith. Without acting upon my faith, my faith is dead. I'm grateful for the many opportunities that I have each and every day to exercise my faith and become a better disciple of Jesus Christ.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Evan
People who claim that Mormonism is a cult simply don't understand our practices and beliefs. Some people refer to us a cult because we are 'different'. Even during the times of Christ the Christian Church was persecuted and mocked because it was 'different'. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is founded upon the teachings and Gospel of Jesus Christ, something that was lost for hundreds of years, which is why it seems 'different'. We believe in Him and testify that He is the Son of God, and that through him and by him we can receive eternal life. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Evan
We all have the right to eternal life through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. His Atonement automatically saves us from physical death (Physical death is the separation of the body and the spirit). Through His grace we are saved from the bands of death and will be resurrected like Him. Everyone, whether we be good or bad, will be resurrected. (See Romans 5:17 and 1 Cor. 15:20-22) Through his Atonement, our faith, and our works we can be saved from spiritual death (Spiritual death is the separation from man and God due to our sins and transgressions). We cannot return to our Father in Heaven by grace alone. We must have faith in Jesus Christ and live his Gospel in order become pure again and obtain eternal life. Grace and our faith must work together (see Romans 5:1-2) and this faith needs to be exercised by our actions/works (see James 2:14-18). If we do all of these things, then we can have eternal life by our 'righteousness' (see Romans 5:21). This is confirmed in the Book of Mormon by the prophet Nephi when he explains, "For we labor diligently to write to persuade our children, and also our brethren to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do." (2 Nephi 25:23) Only through Jesus Christ can we obtain eternal life. His grace and his gospel allow us the possibility to obtain this eternal happiness. Show more Show less