"I Was Not Alone": Latter-day Saint Father of 6 Shares His Faith One Year After His Wife Was Killed by a Drunk Driver

by | Dec. 13, 2018

Collapsing on the floor in his youngest son’s room after another exhausting day, Jacob Evans was at a loss. For months he had been trying to balance the responsibilities of being both father and mother, provider and caretaker while bearing the weight of comforting his six children amidst all the challenges their family faced.

After putting his kids to bed, Jacob felt the weight of his situation crashing down on him. But in that moment, in what he described as his “darkest hour,” he did the only thing he could. Kneeling there on the floor, he prayed to his Father in Heaven.

“I was just at the end of anything I could take. There was nothing left, I was so tired and I didn’t see a way forward," Jacob said. "I didn’t see how we could possibly survive this.”

Four months earlier he lost his wife, Katie Evans, in a tragic car crash caused by a young drunk driver. The collision happened less than a mile from the Evans’ home late at night on Oct. 6, 2017, when Katie was on her way home from visiting their twin baby girls who were still in the hospital after being born 12 weeks premature.

Sarah and Hannah Evans during their time in the hospital at UCLA. They spent the first few months of their lives in the hospital after being born premature.
Photo: Courtesy Jacob Evans

Describing that night from February 2018, Jacob Evans said he had never felt more alone.

“But what’s interesting is, looking back, I am confident that I was not alone,” Jacob said, his voice trembling with emotion.

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