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Hi I'm Evan

I grew up in the southwest. I am a soldier in the US Army, serving as an Arabic Linguist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii while my father was serving in the Army. After a number of moves, both inside the US and overseas, we finally settled in Arizona. There, I graduated high school. Shortly thereafter, I had the opportunity to serve as a missionary in Guatemala City. Upon returning home, I met and married my neighbor, Tara. After completing 2 years of college, I joined the Army. I am now stationed in Monterey, California. We like going to the beach here and watching the sunsets with our newborn son. The water is very cold, but my wife loves swimming so sometimes we take the plunge. I also like playing basketball with friends in my spare time. I still go to college on top of my duties in the Army. Life can be very busy, but I've noticed that with hard work I always feel fulfilled.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have seen for myself the blessings that this gospel offers. Some blessings are immediate, others I had to wait years for. Some I am still waiting for, but I know they will come. The greatest blessing I have been given is the opportunity to be with my family even after death. Knowing that I will be with them forever gives me a sense of peace and fulfillment that I have not found anywhere else. It took many leaps of faith, and I still have a long way to go, but I have learned for myself that these things are true. It has brought me lasting, real happiness.

How I live my faith

My situation as a soldier and a Mormon is unique. Other service members often look at military culture and Mormonism and don't see how they can go hand in hand, but I do it every day and love every moment of it. The contrast in the two lifestyles always draws curiosity from my fellow soldiers. I am often asked questions as to why I don't drink alcohol or why I go to church every Sunday. I live my faith by sharing what I know to be true about the gospel with those that ask me and with those I come in contact with. That doesn't mean I drag them to church on Sundays. Instead, it usually consists of a simple exchange of ideas, usually accompanied by a feeling of peace.