Hi I'm Evelyn
I am a Ugandan, that was born in Cuba and growing up had the opportunity to live and visit different parts of the world. I love to travel and enjoy different cultures. I am currently a college student majoring in Communications and a minor in Business. Some of the things I enjoy doing are: dancing, singing and laughing!
Why I am a Mormon
Losing my dad when I was just 17 years old was one of the toughest challenges I ever had to face. I felt like everything had been taken away from me. Luckily, the message of the restored gospel was brought to me just four days after my nineteenth birthday, little did I know on that day, let alone on my birthday that year (2009) that my life would change in a wonderful way, that Heavenly Father had a plan for me- that He would bless me with what I like to think was my birthday present from Him that year. Little did I know that I would be blessed with an increased sense of happiness, gratitude and greater appreciation of life. After taking lessons from two wonderful missionaries whom I'll forever be grateful for, I decided to get baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now almost two years since then, I am proud to say I am still an active member. The gospel of Jesus Christ and learning the many things that the Savior has done for me and all the things that are possible because of His great sacrifice for mankind; restored hope, peace and true happiness into my life. Because of my Savior's atonement, I know that I will be able to see and be reunited with my dad as a family again. I know with all my heart that the restored gospel is true, I know that God lives and He is our Heavenly Father. I know He sent His son to atone for us. I believe in Christ and I know He lives and loves us all. I know the Book of Mormon is true; it contains the words of Christ, principles and examples that will help us in our journey back to Heavenly Father. I know we have prophets, seers and revelators here upon the earth today who give us guiding counsels to keep us on the right path. I am so grateful I am a Mormon!
How has attending Church services helped you?
I can not put into words how much I love and enjoy attending Church. Before I became a convert, I hardly ever went to church. Yes, I knew there was a God and I believed in Him and the Savior but sadly, I never made the effort to attend services. However, I learned and I am grateful that I did, that it is just not enough to know that we have a Heavenly Father and that He sent his only begotten here upon the earth to atone for mankind but it is also important to make an effort to attend church services especially to partake of the sacrament. Each and every Sunday that I go to church, there is a wonderful feeling that I feel within me; a feeling of love, belonging and appreciation. I usually reflect back on my decision to become a member of this church during certain classes and always get the same exact feeling, that I did not make a mistake- I made the right decision! And I know that I continue to please Heavenly Father by making the choice to attend church because that is one of the things He wants and expects me to do. He desires that all His children keep the sabbath day holy and this is one way by which we can. My testimony has been and is being strengthened every time I attend church. I feel the Spirit testify to me the truthfulness of the things pertaining to the restored gospel as my soul is moved through simple things such as the hymns being sang, talks and testimonies that are being given and shared in sacrament meeting, and even through teachings in Sunday school and Relief society. I learn something knew every time and I am edified and this helps me grow in the gospel as I am reminded and become more aware of the things I needed to keep doing as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Sunday is my favorite day of the week. I love attending Church services, this has played a special role in my life and into molding me into the kind of person the Lord wants and knows I can be. I also love the spirit that going to church leaves with me through the rest of the week.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
Often times I feel like Lehi; a Book of Mormon prophet who in a dream saw himself partake of the fruit from the tree of life- whose fruit was desirable to make one happy. And after partaking of it, he desired that his family did the same. Like Lehi, I partook of the fruit; even the fruit of the restored gospel. Just like him, it has brought me so much joy and happiness of which I am so ever grateful for, and I knew that it is desirable above all other fruit (1 Nephi 8). This is why I desire that my whole family and all my friends that do not have the restored gospel,could partake of the fruit that I have and enjoy the change and extreme happiness that I am experiencing. I know it will bless them, just like it is blessing me. Doing my best to bare my testimony or share something pertaining to the gospel whenever I have the opportunity to are some of the ways I try to share the gospel with friends. I also believe, that actions speak louder than words so I strive to live by example.
How I live my faith
I strive to live my faith everyday by doing the small and simple things that I know matter to Heavenly Father a great deal, like keeping His commandments, saying my prayers in the morning, at night and whenever I feel the need to communicate with Him. Attending church ever Sunday is something I learned is very important especially to renew my baptismal covenants through partaking of the sacrament, doing this helps to strengthen and build my testimony. I also strive to support and sustain my local and general leaders in the church by abiding to their good counsels and instructions. Striving to magnify my church calling and doing my visiting teaching every month also help me portray my faith in God, the Savior and His teachings. I am so glad and humbled by the opportunity of being one of the Lord's many hands here on earth, helping His children as they also help me stay active and on the right path.