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Hi I'm Joe Evans

I am a biomedical engineering student. I love the mountains. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Shelby Sue, for almost four years now and we are hoping for children soon. I love studying engineering and figuring out how the world works and I love passing what I've learned on to others. Especially my wife, who mostly smiles and nods when I share what I've learned because most of it isn't that interesting. Shelby and I love being active together. Our best memories are when we are hiking in the mountains, playing soccer together, biking, water skiing, and enjoying the great outdoors! I also have a passion for art. I started out as an art major in college focusing on black and white media such as pencil, pen, and charcoal and find that my time spent going to an art museum or drawing at home (or during class) is very therapeutic. My wife and I love to go on walks and explore new places in the city and have found that our best conversations occur on these walks...we love walks!

Why I am a Mormon

The single greatest blessing that comes from living this faith is knowing that my family relationships, most importantly my marriage relationship, will extend beyond death and into the eternities. I know that faithfully living the principles taught in this church provides me a path to return to live with my Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ, as well as my wife, children, and generations of family both before and after me. I am a Mormon because the blessings that come from living the principles of the restored gospel are so great! I feel God's approval and joy when I strive to be like the Savior and this spirit sustains me through difficult times in life. I know that I am happy because I am a Mormon. Not only does the church provide a great network of friends and support, but the teachings and ordinances of the LDS church provide a spiritual network with God that cannot be matched. Faith in Jesus Christ provides me power to overcome my own obstacles in order help others and the joy of service is awesome! A deep sense of fulfillment comes with serving others. There are so many harmful influences everywhere we turn that sometimes, as my wife and I ponder our future parenting responsibilities, it can seem overwhelming to think of protecting our young children from so many negative influences. The Mormon church has established many wonderful teachings and programs to aid in this process. It starts in the home where we regularly study scriptures, have family prayer, and apply the gospel everyday. It also comes from programs such as children's Sunday school, service programs for children to be involved in, and even speaking opportunities in front of the congregation. The Mormon church is lead by a living Prophet and apostles who guide and direct us in our time, giving instruction to us regarding problems we face now, as well as drawing from the ancient scriptural prophets who's words span generations in the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible.

How I live my faith

I am currently involved in organizing a group of adult men who's primary responsibility is to serve those in our neighborhood. We live in a part of town that is mostly apartment buildings and there are many elderly people around us. We will get a call, for example, from someone who needs to move but cannot afford to hire movers and we will gather as many members of our service group as possible and meet the following Saturday and load up the moving van. We might get a call to help set up tables and chairs for a church activity, or to help Ms. Jones figure out how to use her email, or drive Mr. Johnson to his appointment at the doctor's office. Everyone in our church, beyond our group (which is men from the age of 18 to about 40), also has a few families or members of our local congregation who we are "responsible" for. This means we keep in contact with them, visit them at least monthly, and provide messages of inspiration or service to them whenever we can. This program is called the home teaching (or visiting teaching) program. It is a great opportunity to stay connected and active in the community. I believe some of the best ways I live my faith is outside of the church at school and work. I think just being an example of friendliness, always offering my help to others, uplifting and complimenting people, and things like that are great ways to live my faith. It sounds cliche but if I am doing what Jesus would do in a certain situation I feel like I am living my faith. This includes extending my religious values of honesty and integrity in my work and school.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Joe Evans
I chose to respond to this question because I feel that there is often a misunderstanding from others about our views on this issue. I know and love many gay and lesbian men and women at work and school and believe they deserve every civil right and privilege I do, including hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, and probate rights. The stance against gay marriage put forth by the church stems from the teachings and doctrine of the family. It is central to our church. It is central to God's plan to come to earth, have children, raise a family, and continue on with them after death. It is this sacred institution of the family that we uphold and defend, and we feel a responsibility to defend those practices that strengthen the family unit in our society. I hope we can do this in a way that never portrays any form of hate or discrimination to anybody else, but in a way that invites others to learn why we believe these things. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Joe Evans
I served my proselyting mission in Taipei, Taiwan from 2005-2007. It was a great experience that I will never forget. I like a simple analogy that helps me explain my reason for proselyting on my mission. Lets say you went to the store for a new pair of shoes (for my wife), or showed up at your favorite restaurant (for me) and there was a great big sign in the front of the store that read, "Free Pair of Shoes, Today Only!!", or "Free Entree, Today Only!!". My first response would be to call my family and friends and let them know about it!! I know my wife loves shoes and she would be there so fast it wouldn't even be funny! My brother would meet me at the restaurant and we would enjoy a wonderful free meal, because food is always better when its free. This is how I feel about sharing the gospel. It had blessed me so much that I want to make it as available as possible to those seeking for truth and strength in their lives. Show more Show less