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Hi I'm Evan Gardner

I'm an older brother. I'm a husband. I'm a student of life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I claim Boise, ID as my hometown because that is where I went to High School, although, I have lived in many places both before and since. I grew up riding bikes and playing sports like football and basketball. When it got to hot outside, I played a lot of video games. I have grown to enjoy technology, gadgets and all the potential that they offer. I also enjoy opportunities to get away from that stuff and spend time on a mountain peak or near a river. I have been married for a few years now and look forward to being a father. In the meantime, I struggle with college courses and enjoy working, even in a menial position, for a great company and with a great diversity of people.

Why I am a Mormon

Despite the daunting expectations, I am Mormon because of the freedom it provides in doctrine and in action. Life itself can be challenging and to take on Christ's name and be known as a modern day saint is a heavy responsibility. A reason and context for everything I see around me helps provide strength and an internal peace. That core doctrine can be personally verified and has helped guide and check my search for wisdom and truth in the seemingly endless deluge of opinions and teachings I encounter every day. There is God who who knows me and cares for me. He wants me to know and understand Him also. In BEING a Mormon, I am challenged to act and serve and I have learned much in that effort. It has provided opportunities to grow and to practice and when I have failed or come up short, I am met with understanding and encouragement. Many of the best things in life do not come without the association and help from others.

How I live my faith

I find value in integrity. I try to be consistent and honest regardless of the company I'm in or the situation. I have been able, for the last few years, to work with a church-sponsored Adventure Scout group, helping to teach and train and enjoy time with local young men. I try to take time for personal study and reflection on the intersection of everyday life and my connection to divinity.

Are Mormons Christians?

Evan Gardner
Sure. We believe in a Christ, and we believe Jesus was the Christ. God's people looked forward to the coming of Christ for thousands of years. For thousands of years we have and will continue to look back at his great sacrifice and work. And across all that time he has been involved in helping each of us to face the sorrows of this mortal life and rise up with joy and strength in the face of those challenges. There are some details that are unique to our understanding but, for me, they add to a more complete understanding of my purpose and relationship to the Divine and to everyone around me. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Evan Gardner
Power. Authority. Responsibility. Trust. Holding the priesthood, I am authorized in the eyes of God and those around me to bless lives. I must remain in good standing to be worthy of the sacred trust or my use of the power has no efficacy. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Evan Gardner
It is a divinely preserved record of an important history and sacred truths. For whatever degradation (intentional or accidental) it has suffered, it's validity is upheld and truths enhanced through supporting records and personal witness. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Evan Gardner
No. I do enjoy learning from his example and wisdom as it helps me to better understand God and his relationship with me. I do enjoy that there are more records and insights into his life than any of the prophets in the scriptures. As I understand his challenges and growth I can find strength in his example to be better myself and improve my own personal relationship with Divinity. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Evan Gardner
I don't know all the science behind the specifics, but I do know much of the history and the intent it points to. I am more happy, confident and productive when I am healthy. As I understand the purpose and gift of a mortal body, treating it with proper respect shows gratitude to the giver and is an exercise of my own character. Show more Show less