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Hi I'm Evan

I'm a father of five. I've moved them 7 times in 10 years as a pilot in the AF. We have a few chickens & goats. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family is my life. My wife and I have five kids and so I try to include them in whatever I like to do. Most recently we've taken up hiking, with a twist. I'm a country boy at heart so I like being outside, work or play. I'm currently going back to school to get a degree in Geography. I really enjoyed my most recent assignment in the Air Force as both an academic and a flight instructor at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Why I am a Mormon

I was 'born of goodly parents' and have grown up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, I'm still a member today because I was able to gain my own testimony and witness when I was a youth. When I was 12 one of my church leaders challenged me to read the Book of Mormon daily and then put Moroni's challenge to the test. I took that challenge to heart and read it over the course of a year. I knew that Moroni's Promise--that if one sincerely asks God he will tell you whether or not the book is true--was at the end and looked forward to eventually testing out that promise. In my young mind I imagined I was going to receive a marvelous revelation and maybe even see an angel or hear a thundering voice! Finally, I reached the end and prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was truly the word of God. However, I didn't get any sort of answer right away, at least not how I expected and I began to wonder if Moroni's promise applied to me or not. One night as I tried once more to get a confirmation, I had the same good feeling I had grown accustomed to whenever I read and heard a soft voice in my head, as if it was my own, say, "Evan, why do you keep asking me? You already know it is true!" And, I did already know and I realized I had known it for a while now. I was so relieved. Rather than some magnificent spiritual event, it was the consistent process of reading the Book of Mormon that that young age that laid the foundation for my faith and testimony. That experience has given me strength throughout my life and is one reason why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith be trying to live the best I can, but always remembering that I am ultimately saved by the grace and atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I love my wife. I try to be a good example to my kids and teach them. I am far from perfect and have had a few major challenges that have tested my faith and commitment.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

The Bible is the word of God! I have recently been blessed as I studied the Old Testament with more diligence and focus. It can be a little harder to read, but I have found so many sacred truths and gems in its stories and patterns that all testify of Christ and the Plan of Salvation. The love God has for his children is evident in its pages. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Yes, we are saved by grace! Christ's suffering and death was the ultimate sacrifice that paid for your sins and mine...if we would have faith in him and repent. As we repent and strive to live worthy of the Holy Ghost we are continually blessed and cleansed by Him. In this way, however, grace requires commitment and action on our part. We don't believe we can just ask to be saved and then live however we please. We are 'perfect' through the grace of Christ whenever we do our best, despite our current struggles and weaknesses that are part of this earth life, and He makes up the difference. Show more Show less