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Hi I'm Benjamin Evans

I was born in Ukraine and lived in a orphanage until the age of 6. I was adopted by a family in Utah, USA. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Ukraine and lived there for six years. I was then adopted by a family in Utah, USA. I have been able to learn and love the true gospel of Jesus Christ by becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love to play soccer, be outdoors, work, listen to music and watch movies while eating ice cream. I have been called to serve in the Antananarivo Madagascar mission, where I will be teaching the gospel in the Malagasy language. I am so excited to go and to especially learn more fully the gospel of Christ. I graduated high school a year early so that I might be able to go on a mission a year earlier. I was born with a cleft palate and lip. Because the hole was so big and in a certain position, I had a profound speech impediment. I have worked and prayed very hard for 12 years, and have made huge progress. I have had nine surgeries, and some of them were major. Because of these surgeries my activities were restricted and I wasn't able to purse sports as much as I would have liked. My favorite sport is soccer. My family tells me I have a great sense of humor, and I love to tease my little sister. I am attending BYU-I after my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

Since my adoption, I was taught the Gospel, and I still choose to be a Mormon because of the happiness, love and guilt free life I *can* have if I keep the commandments of God 100 percent. I have not always kept the commandments of God, and when I have not, I can see the pain that it gives me when I don’t obey. I can see I don't learn anything from my trials if I choose not to humble myself, go to God in prayer and ask him what can I learn from that trial, how can I become better, or in other words, how can I become more like Christ through that trial. For truly trials are blessings in disguise, and if we will but humble ourselves and go to God with a broken heart and contrite spirit, we can learn so much through each trial that we are blessed to have. I know that Jesus Christ is our God and our Redeemer! Only through His infinite atonement can we walk back to Heavenly Father with a clean hands and a pure heart. If we also do our very best in this life to keep the commandments of God, it will just make our life happier. Then one day we can receive one of the greatest gifts, which is Eternal Life, and be able to live with God again in pure happiness. Having this knowledge is my joy, and my happiness comes from sharing these truths with all nations, kindreds, tongues and people (see 2 Nephi 30:8). I am most blessed to have this knowledge at such a young age where I might be able to create a life of learning, sharing, and pure and everlasting happiness.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to serve in the church, and learn Christ-like attributes. My first opportunity was being able to pass the sacrament to our congregation as a deacon (at 12 years old). While a deacon, I was given the opportunity to be a leader of a group of kids my age. I was then later assigned to be a helper to the new leader to teach him the ropes. When I reached the age of 14, we graduate into a different group called "teachers." In that group I had the blessing of again being a helper to the leader, where again I learned Christ-like attributes such as humility, discipline of character (by following the leader even when I didn't want to), and learning how to encourage boys to follow the leader. Also in that same age group I was allowed to play the piano for church meetings. Then when I turned 16, I again moved to a different group called "priests." Because I was able to be a helper to many different leaders, I truly learned how to be a better leader. Now in Madagascar I will be able to put my skills to the test, and hopefully become a better leader.