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Hi I'm Paul Evan

I was born in California and grew up in Utah. I have a PhD in Computer Science, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've seen a lot of years. I love my wife and my kids, all of whom are married and most have kids of their own. I have been know to read an entire book in one night, but my wife discourages such excesses. I grow a garden, fruit trees, and a little wider in the middle every year. My work in computers and software assurance has taken me to speak on the six inhabited continents. Even though I was grounded for a week at Oxford by the 2010 Icelandic volcano, I still look forward to traveling. I like to teach: from 5 year olds in church to graduate courses at colleges. I have been training Scoutmasters for decades. Even though I really don't like camping much (too dirty), I love Scouting and what it can do for young men.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a strong family in the Church. My patriarchal line has been members for generations. My mother joined the Church with her family in upstate New York when she was a teenager. When starting my doctoral program at Berkeley, I met a professor that would have been me: smart, well-liked, influential, and accomplished. Yet his life somehow lacked gravitas. I have tried to excel in public and private life while listening to the prompting of the spirit of God. I know that God and the Savior live. They are real and care about us so very much. As I hover over my grandchildren when they take their steps or try something, they watch over us. For our growth, they must often refrain and let us choose righteousness for ourselves. The more I put aside my plans and desires for higher purposes, the more I feel at peace and can tap into the strength and energy they so freely offer. I am so thankful that they provide conduits for truth, guidance, and power by saving ordinances through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I pray that I will continue to choose the best way all my life and live in love for all my fellow being and Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I have served in most positions in my local church. I've taught many different age groups and been in many different presidencies. I was only a president once; I think that I get too caught up in programs and don't do as well at keeping a long-range vision. When I was young, I served the Savior for two years as a missionary. I try to keep up the Portuguese and I learned, but I'm a little rusty. I've put my high school and college drama training to good use. I guided the youth in putting together spook alleys for Halloween a few times, and helped decorate for a big dance once. Years ago I felt that the Lord challenged me to study the scriptures one hour every single day. Except for a handful of days, I've been successful. It's not for everyone, but it has been good discipline for me. Daily prayers help me keep my mind on what's really important. The stuff I do every day is acclaimed, but it only lasts for this life. I need to constantly remind my self that the eternities are where I can make a big difference.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Paul Evan
Because we accept the Book of Mormon as another testament of Jesus Christ. Just as the Bible is a record of some of God's dealing with people in the Old World, the Book of Mormon records his dealings with people in the New World. The book is named for the ancient prophet, Mormon, who compiled it. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Paul Evan
No, the Church does not endorse any political party, candidate, or system. We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them. Such people as will administer the law in equity and justice should be sought for and upheld. The Church does speak out on moral issues, which arise from time to time in public policy. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Paul Evan
It is the direction of God that leadership and teaching positions are not paid. I think this is wise because it leaves little incentive to be popular or compete. Instead, I feel free to concentrate on how best I can serve Heavenly Father, by loving and serving his children. I do not envy those in "higher" positions. Instead, I try to bring the same devotion and intensity to every place that I am called to, whether it is teaching four toddlers between eighteen months and two years old or helping lead a congregation of 500. Show more Show less