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Hi I'm Jodi Evans

I grew up in Iowa - I'm a daughter, sister, aunt, and friend...& I am a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in a suburb of Iowa, and I am a Midwest girl through and through. I am the youngest of 7 children, and I've been an aunt since I was 4 years old. I love my siblings, my parents, and my 16 nieces and nephews with all my heart. I grew up following in my older siblings' footsteps and have a passion for all things music and sports related. I especially enjoy playing tennis, throwing the football around, and singing! Right now, I'm currently working as an after school mentor and club leader at an elementary school. I am 20 years old and attending a university where I am studying early childhood education, and I can't wait to be a teacher!

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in a Mormon home and baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at age 8, I am a Mormon because of my own personal experiences that have taught me that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I have never had a huge epiphany or miracle in my life to witness to me that this is the case, but I have had those small witnesses, experiences, and moments in my life that have helped me come to know that the fulness of the gospel resides within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. To truly sum it up, I am a Mormon because not only does it make sense to me, but it makes me happy. When I attend church, take the sacrament, read my scriptures, pray, or listen to others testify of the truthfulness of the gospel and of their belief in our Savior, Jesus Christ- I can feel the Holy Spirit. As a result, I am filled with joy, comfort, and peace- and my testimony is strengthened. I love being a Mormon. I know that I have a Father in Heaven- and that I am His daughter. I know that Jesus Christ made it possible for me to be forgiven of my sins & to live again. I know that He suffered and felt everything for every person who has lived, is living, & will live on this earth. At times in my life when I have felt so alone, or when I have dealt with sicknesses, pains, or even loss of a loved one- I have been able to feel of His love, & He truly has comforted me. I know that my prayers are heard, and that Heavenly Father listens and answers them in His time when I am prepared to receive His answer. I know that when I am obedient and listen to the words in the scriptures and the words of the living prophets, I am continually blessed. Being a Mormon, or a member of the Church is not restrictive or oppressing, but freeing. When I am obedient to the laws and ordinances of the gospel, I am the freest and happiest. I love this gospel and being called a "Mormon".

How I live my faith

I live my faith through simple things every day. Sometimes I feel like people think they can only exhibit their faith in big ways, but I don't think you need to hold an esteemed position, or put on a big show to live one's faith. A favorite primary children's song of mine is "I'm Trying To Be Like Jesus". Jesus is the perfect example to me and to each of us; He was selfless, forgiving, gentle, and kind. As I go about each day, I strive to be like Him- especially through how I treat others. Sometimes, that might mean something as small as choosing not to get angry when someone cuts me off while I'm driving, taking out the trash for my roommates, or saying hi to a stranger in a store. We have been commanded to love God, and to love others- and I believe there is no better way to show our faith and love for God and our love for others than through serving them and showing kindness to all people. In church and in the community, I have been blessed with opportunities to work with hundreds of children who have brought me so much joy. At church, I have been able to teach children lessons found in the scriptures as well as songs about Jesus Christ. In the community, I have been privileged enough to work as a summer camp counselor, a mentor, a tutor, and most importantly- a care giver as I have worked in schools, homes, and daycare centers. It is in these environments where I have been able to listen to the stories of triumphs, trials, and concerns of so many sweet children. I have been able to teach children as well as learn from them. Working with children at church and in the community has by far been one of the most rewarding experiences for me.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Jodi Evans
Faith in Jesus Christ can greatly influence each of us in marriage, family relationships, and friendships. Christ provides strength. If we place Christ at the center of our lives, we will be changed, influenced, and led in a positive manner. Faith in Christ helps us have faith in our spouses, friends, family, etc. Jesus Christ's love for us can help our love for our loved ones grow. When we have a relationship with our Savior, our relationships with those we love become less selfish. Christ's love is all encompassing. It's not selfish- it's selfless. That selfless love we receive from Jesus Christ helps us understand what love truly is- and therefore allows us to become someone who loves -not because of lust, self gratification, or whatever it may be, but loves with true compassion. That love- can help us overcome tribulations, trials, and arguments we may have with our loved ones and therefore strengthen those relationships. Show more Show less