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Hi I'm Evan Burgess.

I am 17. I am a senior in high school. I live in Arizona. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a senior in high school. I am an active participant in Drama Club and Student Government. I live with my parents and my 3 sisters. One of my younger sisters is mentally handicapped. I love to play video games and read good books. I love to sing and am in my ward and school choirs. My favorite band is Linkin Park (the clean versions). I have a Boston Terrier named Max. My guilty pleasure is collecting and dueling with Yu-gi-oh cards. I am a self-proclaimed nerd and I see it as a compliment. (Nerds tend to make more money in the end.) I am looking to attend Brigham Young University-Idaho, or BYUI. I also hope to go on a mission for the church.

Why I am a Mormon

My entire family is Mormon. I was born into the church. I attended church and listened to all my teachers. I felt that I had a good testimony. One Sunday, my teacher was reviewing the story of Joseph Smith and the First Vision. He talked about how Joseph was 15 when he was confused as to which church to go to. He went into the forest by his home and prayed. There, he experienced a wonderful vision where Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ told him that he would grow up to be a prophet and lead God's true church. My teacher challenged my class to go home and do the same. He wanted us to pray about the church to see if it was true. I didn't really think about it for most of the day, because I felt I knew everything I needed to know. I had been in the church my whole life. As I went to bed, my teacher's challenge popped into my head. I thought, "Well, it couldn't hurt." I got down on my knees beside my bed and said a prayer. I had said my prayers before, but this time I made sure to make it special. I asked God about everything. I asked him about the church, the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, my leaders, our prophet and more. I asked God to tell me if these things were true. I finished the prayer, but I didn't move. As I waited, I felt something in my heart. It was a warm feeling, like I'd just eaten something hot. It began to spread as I got goosebumps and tears came to my eyes. I felt happy and peaceful. When the experience ended, I cried again. They were happy tears. God had answered my prayers and told me that I was on the right path. Ever since, I have never doubted the church. Thorugh it, I have felt the Holy Spirit often and have been given a goal in my life.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday, my family and I get into our Sunday best and attend church. We have lessons from teachers and hear talks from other members. We read the scriptures, talk about recent experiences, and talks or lessons from our leaders in Utah. I enjoy having the time to talk to friends and see how they are doing. If anyone is in need, many members will always step up and help the best way they can. I served as the leader of the Young Men group for a few years. We often work with and do activities with the Young Women group. Every Tuesday, I go back to my church in the evening. There, we have fun activities and lessons to teach us more about the gospel. I participate in Boy Scouts, along with other boys. We go camping, prepare for the future, and learn many important skills in life. We are taught not to swear; drink alcoholic beverages, coffee, or tea; or use drugs. Whenever I encounter these, I do my best to avoid them. My leaders will often organize service projects where the youth, and usually a few adults, perform an act of service for a person or group.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Evan Burgess.
The Church has temples all over the world. Most non-members I know have seen at least one. They agree that they are beautiful buildings, but they also have a lot of questions about them. The Church believes that certain acts and ceremonies, called ordinances, must be completed in order to enter heaven. Most of these ordinances happen in the temple. I was asked what it's like inside the temple. I answered that I actually haven't seen most of the inside of any temple. We believe that temples are very sacred and only those who are worthy are allowed to enter. All members of the Church aren't perfect and some aren't worthy to enter. In these cases, we do our best to help them repent of whatever sin is preventing them from entering the temple. When teenagers turn 18 and if they are worthy, they receive a temple recommend, a card that signifies their worthiness. We don't go into detail about most of the things that happen in our temples because we believe they are very sacred and personal. Any one may visit the temple grounds. Most temples have visitors' centers. These are buildings that teach about temples and encourage non-members to join the Church. I also encourage anyone who is interested to visit the nearest temple to them and see what they are like. Show more Show less