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Hi I'm Jacob Evans

I love to travel. I have lived in 8 different states. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father with 3 active boys (9, 7 & 5). My wife, Katie, and I found when the kids were young that they enjoyed going on day trips over the weekend and extended trips over the summer. We love the beauty of this country's National Parks, the courage demonstrated throughout its history, and the museums that do so much to inspire our children to learn. We have lived in 8 different states and collect magnets of the places we've visited over the years. We now have enough magnets to cover 2 refrigerators and hope to make even more memories in the future. I have a deep appreciate for this country's founding fathers and other leaders who did so much to make this nation great. I love reading about well known leaders like Washington, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt - as well as less well known men like Thomas Nelson Jr. who gave the order to blow up his own manor house when he discovered the British were using it as their headquarters during the Revolutionary War. I also love basketball. After tearing my Achilles tendon completely off 3 years ago I'm not as good as I used to be, but grateful to be able to play since the doctors told me I would probably never play again.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon faith, but that is not why I am a member. Our lives are too short to waste time on things just because that's what we've always done. I am a member because I found out for myself that the church is true and l have found that following the teachings of Jesus Christ can bring peace no matter what trials life brings. When I was in high school my friends and I were challenged to read The Book of Mormon one August. I put some effort into it, but with only a couple days left found I still had nearly 300 pages left so I set aside an entire day to read. As I closed the book after several hours of reading I realized that I felt something very special. It was the warm, comforting feeling of the Holy Ghost testifying to me that The Book of Mormon was true. Since then I have tried (with varying degrees of success) to live so that I could feel that same comforting Spirit. Last summer my mother was killed in a car crash that also put my sister and two of her children in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). My father had just barely retired and we had been looking forward to being able to see them more often. Suddenly she was gone and I missed her terribly. Yet, despite the loss of my mother I felt the Holy Ghost comforting me. I knew (and still know) that she has returned back to be with our Father in Heaven and that I can see her again some day. Rather than become bitter over her sudden death, my faith has strengthened me and inspired me to redouble my efforts to follow the example of Jesus Christ. As long as I do the best I can, I know his glorious atonement will make up for my many shortcomings and enable me to return back to live with God (and my mother) again.

How I live my faith

The most important way I live my faith is by keeping my family as my #1 priority. Like so many others I want to be successful in my career, be active in my community, and pursue satisfying hobbies, but I know that when my life has run its course my family is the most important thing in my life and the most important legacy I leave. I hope to teach my boys to be men who will make this world a better place by lifting those around them and building things of value. I have found no better way to instill these values in my boys than the teachings of Jesus Christ and the church has been incredibly helpful in doing this. Each morning before the boys go off to school and I go off to work we kneel in family prayer. Each Sunday we go to church to express our gratitude to Jesus Christ and learn of his teachings. Each Monday night we hold a Family Home Evening where we sing, pray, have a short lesson, and then have a family activity. Sometimes when I get busy at work it is hard to hold Family Home Evening, but if I ever miss one I can be sure my sons will tell me how disappointed they were and help me remember to get my priorities straight.