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Hi I'm Evan

I'm from Washington. I love tennis, science and the outdoors. I'm a college student, a future Optometrist, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a newly married college student preparing for Optometry school. I grew up in eastern Washington as the youngest of five kids, and we are all very close. I love hiking, canoeing, adventuring, and playing outside in general. Every kid in my family has played tennis since youngsterhood and we all love it. I recently met and married the greatest woman on earth and we're excited to finish our degrees together. My wife and I both served as missionaries in Ecuador and Argentina. We love the Latin people, culture, language and (of course) food. We're both super nerdy and love science. My wife works as a nurse while taking classes and as mentioned before, I will be starting Optometry school next year. Right now we're broke, but in the future we have goals to travel the world and have tons of adventures!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in this church, but that is not why I'm a Mormon. One of the things I love about this Church is that everyone is encouraged to think for themselves. Nobody wants to convince or deceive anybody here. Everyone has to search out and find their own personal testimony. We make a claim that there is only one true Church on the face of the earth. This is a pretty bold claim right? Looking in from the outside, I would probably be very skeptical. My love for science and learning about the universe we live in has always led me to approach things in a logical way. Many believe that religion in general is so fanciful and speculative that you have to abandon reason in order to embrace it. I completely disagree. Science is our way of understanding the way God works. The two go hand in hand. The difficulty is admitting that we don't understand everything. As I have gone through life's experiences and challenges, I have become increasingly certain that God has provided us with a way back. God is not the author of confusion. He has made things crystal clear, the problem is sorting through everything the world throws at us. The simple promise is that if we will seek him, we will find him. If we want the truth, he will lead us to it.

How I live my faith

Right now i'm part of a student ward while I go to school. It's an interesting dynamic here because we are all young married couples living in this area. I'm involved with family history indexing, which basically involves reading scanned documents and records from all over the world and organizing them digitally so that others can search out their relatives and ancestors. I love to find the Spanish records and translate them. I love having so many great opportunities to get involved. The LDS Church is run by the participation of every member. Everyone has an important role to play, and this is a very fulfilling way to live life.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Evan
What are Mormon women like? Well, they're like most women. They have lives, concerns, hobbies and many times, families. A common misconception is that the LDS Church somehow belittles or excludes women. The opposite is true. We learn from the scriptures that man should cleave unto his wife, and that the man is nothing without the woman, and vice versa. Women are a divine and an essential part of God's plan, and quite frankly I would be nothing without the women in my life. There are official statements by The Church regarding this issue, and any Mormon will be willing to tell you how important women really are. Show more Show less