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Hi I'm Evan

I'm a saxophonist. I'm a missionary in the Madagascar Antananarivo Mission. I'm a sports enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a great passion for music and for the wonders of software technology. With that in mind, I frequently listen to tracks from a wide range of composers and artists, and I also find great entertainment in participating in gaming, electronic or otherwise. Though I've never officially played sports for a team, I find competitive athletics to be my most enjoyable source of recreation and fun. At the age of 17, I was officially recognized as an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America program. As a recent high school graduate, I had the opportunity to enroll in multiple colleges, but instead chose to apply to serve as a missionary for the Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

As the child of two converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I've been raised as a member of His church. But my parents have testified to me that their lives have been significantly ameliorated since they decided to join over 30 years ago. Though their witness is important to my membership in the Savior's church, it isn't enough to sustain me through the trials and discouragements of life. Just as a tree grows over time, if nourished, a testimony or a strong conviction of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ will continue to grow. I nourish my testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by living in accordance with the commandments and standards outlined by the Savior himself in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon. I'm a Mormon because I believe that a Savior was sent specifically to redeem us from our fallen state. I'm a Mormon because I know that our Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us. I'm a Mormon because I believe in the life-giving, transformative power of Jesus Christ and of His ability to change the hearts of men, if they allow Him to.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by demonstrating to others a life that I feel Jesus Christ lived and would request of me. Obviously, I'm not perfect---no one is---but I strive to reflect my beliefs each day as I interact with all I come in contact with. I've had numerous opportunities to give service to those in my community; whether that service comes in the form of construction work or simple yard maintenance, its purpose is valued just as much in the eyes of the Lord and in the eyes of who is being served. When I serve those around me, I know that the Lord, Jesus Christ approves and rejoices, because He was one who served and performed miracles throughout His earthly ministry. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, members practice conduct among each other in the same matter. Personally, I have had several opportunities to serve as a president and, at another time, an assistant in a group of preteen and teenage boys. My responsibilities at these times were to uplift those actively attending the group, and to seek to build trusting relationships with those who were less active or inactive. As a missionary, my role is not that different from the role I held when I was a much younger boy; it is my responsibility to invite others to come unto the Savior, Jesus Christ and to help strengthen them.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Evan
As representatives of Jesus Christ, Mormon missionaries will share a message about Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of His teachings. They share their message out of a genuine desire to help and serve each of God's children. When you learn with the missionaries, remember that they are not trying to destroy your belief in Jesus Christ or convince you to instantly accept their message as truth; they will, however, invite and encourage you to pray to God in faith and sincerity to know if what they are saying and teaching is true. When you receive a testimony, or spiritual knowledge of divine truth obtained by the power of the Holy Ghost, that the missionaries' message is from God, your life will change forever. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Evan
We need a Savior because we are imperfect human beings. Each of us sins. Each of us makes mistakes that cannot be corrected on their own. Many of us strive to be the greatest individuals we can be; however, with the growing influence of Satan surrounding us, that is a challenge. Jesus Christ came to earth to do His Father's will but, more specifically, He came to earth to redeem us, a rebellious, wicked people. It is clear to see that God loves us, for He sent His Son that each of us may return to His presence someday, as long as we are willing to at least act sincerely upon our faith in Him and His gospel. The Savior, Jesus Christ, has made it possible for each of us to receive blessings in this life and in the life to come. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Evan
Jesus taught that eternal life is knowing the only true God as well as the Savior Himself (John 17:3). Obviously, one of the ways we can come to know God and Jesus Christ is to study their words which are found in the Book of Mormon, the Bible, other scriptures, as well as the words of modern, living prophets who are called of God. When we study the scriptures, we learn valuable principles of great significance which guide us to live lives patterned after the life of the ultimate Exemplar, Jesus Christ. As we study, ponder, and pray about scriptural teachings, we will know that they are true by the power of the Holy Ghost. The knowledge that results from studying the words of God will bring joy, peace in times of trial, and an understanding of your eternal importance to God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Evan
Just as the Savior's disciples were charged and sent to preach the gospel to all nations, missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are called to share the message of the true gospel with millions around the world. The natural response to receiving something helpful or beneficial in our lives is to share that with others, especially friends and family. Therefore, it could be said that Mormon missionaries proselyte and teach because of the the life-changing impact living the true gospel of Jesus Christ has had on their lives. With all of that said, Mormon missionaries don't have any other goal or purpose in mind other than to bear witness of Jesus Christ and His Church to all who are willing and prepared to listen. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Evan
Mormons believe that grace is not a passive concept. We believe that when we have done all that we can to live righteously, keep God's commandments, and follow the example of Jesus Christ, then we receive grace. During the Savior's life, He taught us to be perfect, even as Heavenly Father is perfect. When we inevitably fail to keep that significant commandment, we can receive grace, only under the conditions of faith, good works, and the mercy of God. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Evan
Faith is a belief in unseen truth. Faith in God, however, is more than just a knowledge of religious practices or a simple admission that He exists. Faith in God leads us to keep His commandments, live as He wants us to live, and strive to pattern our actions after righteousness. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Evan
An ancient prophet taught, "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." A foundation built upon our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, is the only sure foundation. If we build our faith in Jesus Christ, we will never fall, though the trials and troubles of life rage about us. The faith we are seeking after, however, is one of action. We receive strength, guidance, and comfort when we act upon true, divine faith. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Evan
The priesthood is the power and authority to act in God's name in order to bless His children here upon the earth. Another way of seeing it is that the priesthood is divine permission God gives worthy, prepared men in order to accomplish His work. The priesthood, however, is not a new concept; all of God's chosen prophets from all ages of time even until this current era have held this sacred authority. Jesus Christ, the greatest Exemplar for all priesthood holders, taught that the greatest disciples do not seek to be served, but rather seek to serve those around them. This principle is the driving influence of priesthood service today. Whether it be for leading congregations of the Church, performing sacred ordinances, such as baptism, or blessing those who are sick or afflicted, God's priesthood is very much in existence today and it can only be found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less