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Hi I'm Evan

I'm a musician, a tennis player, and a adventurer. I enjoy running, hiking, and life in general. I LOVE candy. and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Kia ora! I am a 21 year old Minnesotan. Recently I returned from 2 years in New Zealand sharing the message of Jesus Christ. I study at Brigham Young University. My faith is the center of all my decisions in life and as I have made Christ my rock I have been blessed beyond measure. All people can experience the same abundant life that Christ has brought me!

Why I am a Mormon

I, (like Nephi) was "born of goodly parents" and was raised in the Church. But like pretty much every teenager ever I started doubting what my parents had always taught me. During high school I tried my best to stick to my beliefs and stand strong for my faith. I don't know if it is because I had a seed of faith or if I was just stubborn and didn't want to give in to peer pressure. I hit my junior year of high school and was seriously doubting the whole "God" thing. I was seeking and not finding. I was at BYU for a music thing and attended a fireside. While there I had one of the most powerful spiritual experiences of my life. I was just enjoying the music and not paying attention to the message. One of the performers started singing a song called "Let him heal your Heart" and this overwhelming feeling of love, peace, and power came over me. It felt like my heart was being squeezed and my whole soul was on fire. It is hard to find words to describe the feelings that I had. Some may say that it was just the music but as a musician I distinctly know the difference between a well done song with a powerful message and what I felt. Ever since then I have been trying to follow the promptings of the Spirit and be a little better. I have had additional powerful moments of spiritual awakening and many more of the content and peace brought through the Gospel. Although I may mess up, it is an enormous comfort to me that I can rely on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. That through the merits and mercy of the Holy Messiah I can be healed. As I have read the Book of Mormon I have felt a greater peace in my heart and a love for my fellow man. I have taken Moroni's challenge and have prayed to know the truthfulness of the Book. Heavenly Father answered my prayers and gave me a witness. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is restored to the Earth today. I know that Jesus Christ is my savior. And I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God.

How I live my faith

The way I try to live my faith is everyday. As I got throughout my day to day busyness I do my best to keep my eyes open for those in need. Service is central to who I am and how I live. I have found that in losing our self in the service of others we are able to make true discoveries of who we are. For me faith is an action word, so I try to make faith in Christ the power behind all of my decisions.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Evan
The scriptures tell us that 'Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy." That is the whole purpose of our existence! To have joy! Not just the temporary satisfaction so loudly sold by the world. I know that joy is found must abundantly in family relationships. To obtain everlasting joy, the relationships we cherish most on the earth (family), will be perpetuated beyond the grave. To have this happen we must do our best to follow the example of Jesus Christ. We must be baptized and do other things necessary to prepare ourselves to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. While on Earth our purpose is to learn and grow. To change from the "natural man" into a "new creature" in Christ. As we choose between good and evil, we choose to either draw closer to that eternal goal or farther away from it. All our Heavenly Father wants for us is to be happy. To obtain the same level of happiness that he has. And he has provided us a way to do it! How incredible is that?!? Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Evan
This is a classic question. From the doubting non-believer to the most ardent faith promoter, the question of knowing God is one that has plagued the human conscience since the beginning. All of us have placed within an inherent desire to know God. While some may have this desire repressed by life's experiences or willfully suppress it by purposeful disbelief, the desire to know what is truly out there is seared into the human psyche. Sometimes society's most well known personalities publicly scorn the desire or belief in God,but still all people have some point in their life where they desire to know. When tragedy strikes, illness threatens, or death spreads it dark wings all of us have asked why? Or Where are you God? It is in this crucial moment of true desire we can discover a relationship with our Father in Heaven. The most important thing in desiring a knowledge of God is exactly that. You must truly desire to know him. Throw yourself into the search for truth, and you will find it. This Truth can be found as we read sacred writings in the scriptures. Or as we kneel in humble prayer. One of my my favorite teachings of Jesus is found in John 7:17," If any man will do His will he will know of the doctrine." So if we will but experiment upon the word and try keeping the commandments of God we will know that it is true. True desire coupled with action will bring about a knowledge of the truth. I have undertaken this myself and truly know that God the Father lives. Show more Show less