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Hi I'm Max Evans

I am a Mormon. My first ancestors to came to the United States were Mormon converts from Britian and Scandinavia.

About Me

I am a husband, father, grandfather, and a student of history. And I am a Mormon. My professional passion is to provide for other historians improved access to the primary sources from which all good historical works are crafted. I read a lot of historical books and articles. I read world history, U. S. history, and Mormon church history. I believe it important to to know who we are by knowing where we came from, as nations, as families, and as individuals. My wife and I are parents of two sons and three daughters. My wife and I and all of our children and their spouses have master's or professional degrees. We all believe in education. We have 14 wonderful grandchildren, eight boys and six girls, ages 2 to 21 years. They live in Utah and Maryland. Our family is the center of our life. We like to have fun with the grandchildren and attend their sports events and performances. We sometimes go with them to plays and professional sports games and to the beaches on both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. We also like to spend time with them in Southern Utah and hiking or skiing in the mountains near Salt Lake City. My wife and I like to garden and raise beautiful flowers and grow fruits, berries, and vegetables.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I am a Mormon by birth and by culture, I became a Mormon by belief only after being exposed to other faiths and other cultures and by questioning the premises and claims of the Church I grew up in. I reached a point where I needed to know, for myself, whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was truly the same church as established by Jesus Church among his apostles and disciples during His mortal life among men. How was I to know that Joseph Smith received a vision from God; that he received from an angel the golden plates containing the records of the ancient people of the Americas; and that he received visitations from other heavenly beings who restored priesthood authority? By having a desire to know, and then, a willingness to exercise enough faith to read the Book of Mormon, and pray to God to know if it was true. Then did I receive an answer for myself: It is true. With the Bible, it is the word of God, sent to us as another witness of the mission and divinity of Jesus Christ. I know, both by reason and by faith, that Joseph Smith, an uneducated farm boy, could not have produced a work of such complexity, sophistication, and sublime doctrines as is the Book of Mormon without the direct revelation he received from God. My Mormon faith helps me to find purpose and meaning in life. As I study and pray about these thing, I get answers in the form of an understanding. But I don't know or understand everything. Whatever I don't understand, I can accept on faith, trusting that The Lord will provide answers for me when it is necessary. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a member of the High Council in our local Mormon stake (dioceses). My responsibilities include temple and family history work. I also speak regularly in the local wards (congregations), giving a gospel message. I also visit families in our congregation and help each them as needed. I will sometimes give them a religious message based on the teachings of our past and current church leaders, leave a blessing on their home, or give individuals a priesthood blessing in times of illness or difficulties. I try to bear others' burdens, that they may be light, as instructed in the Book of Mormon. My wife and I pray together at every meal and before we retire at night. We have individual prayers, too. We also read the Holy Bible and other scriptures together and individually. My wife and I also work together one day each week in the Salt Lake Temple, assisting temple patrons who come to the temple to worship, ponder, and learn.