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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Elder Evans Now In Africa West Area Presidency

The Church News edition of May 3, 2015, featured a chart showing area leadership assignments for the Church.  The First Presidency announced changes in the Church's area assignments effective Aug. 1. 

All members of area presidencies are members of the First or Second Quorums of the Seventy.  Members of the Presidency of the Seventy have responsibilities for the areas in North America. The church now has 15 areas outside North America and 10 areas inside North America for a total of 25. 

Elder David F. Evans was called to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2005.   He was born in Salt Lake City Utah on August 11, 1951. He attended the University of Utah where he met his future wife and then served a mission at the age of 19 in Japan.  Sister Evans waited for him and a few months after his mission they were married.

In 1976 Elder Evans earned a degree in health education from the University of Utah and n 1979, he received his law degree from Brigham Young University. His professional career involved being a partner/attorney for several law firms in Utah. He also served as an executive for an investment banking firm.

He is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Missionary Department. Elder Evans has served in a number of Church callings, including bishop scoutmaster, stake Young Men president,  stake mission president, stake president, president of the Japan Nagoya Mission (1998-2001), counselor and president of the Asia North Area, and Assistant Executive Director in the Missionary and Priesthood Departments.

He married Mary Dee Shepherd in 1973. They are the parents of eight children.

Here is how their eight children would describe their dad in one word?

·      Devoted
·      Lover of popcorn and a movie with his grandchildren
·      Generous
·      Unconditional love towards his family
·      The Superman of Spontaneous drop-ins (from a sister who lives out of state)
·      Trusting
·      Example of how to place the Lord above all else
·      Fun
One of their sons said that as a mission president, his dad really captured the hearts of the Japanese members.  Everywhere he went, the members loved him because he was so influential in helping the missionaries be their best.

Sister Mary Dee Shepherd Evans,  as I said, is the mother of eight children and 23 grandchildren.  When she met her future husband was a student at the University of Utah where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She too, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Sister Evans has served as a Young Women president, Primary president's counselor, Primary music leader, Relief Society president's counselor and Relief Society instructor.
They were married before Elder Evans went to law school and during law school would stay up late helping him prepare his cases for school.  She was so good at this that she applied to law school and was accepted.  Her eight children are so grateful that she decided not to go to law school put rather be a full time mother.  Here is how they each describe her in one word:

·      Courageous
·      Abiding
·      Compassionate
·      Always thinking of others
·      Always sharing the gospel
·      Patient
·      Loving towards all people 
·      Always has chores for us to do
·      Also, great example of how to place the Lord above everything else.

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