Hi I'm Zeke
I'm a husband and father of four young boys. Nothing matters more to me. I'm a Business Professor. I really enjoy my work. I'm passionate about soccer (or futbol, as I grew up calling it). Playing or watching. I also greatly enjoy running, and I'm training for my first marathon.
Why I am a Mormon
I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--a Mormon--because it helps me follow the Savior and be happy. I prayed to know if this was Christ's true Church and I received a positive answer through the Holy Ghost. I grew up in a Mormon family, where my parents taught me well. At the age of 15 I began to wonder if all the things I'd learned about Jesus Christ, the Bible, Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon were actually true. So I decided to find out for myself. I tried a simple experiment. I decided to read the entire Book of Mormon, do my best to live its teachings, and ask God to know if it was true. If it was true, I expected that I would notice a change for the better in my life and that God would help me know it clearly. If it wasn't true, I believed God would lead me in a different direction. It worked! The answer didn't come right away. First I noticed small changes in my behavior and attitude. Then I began to feel something special as I read the Book of Mormon. And then, after some time, I had a very powerful and personal feeling that what I was reading was true. It was a mix of peace of mind, joy, and profound certainty that I could not deny. Once I knew that the Book of Mormon was true, I could not deny that Jesus Christ was my Savior. Nor could I deny that Joseph Smith--the prophet by whom God established the Church and by whom we received the Book of Mormon--was a real prophet of God. Since those early experience, my certainty of the truth of the gospel and of the Church has matured through many experiences. I am reminded of the truth of what I believe in many ways. Sometimes it's through feelings peace. Other times it's the clear understanding that the gospel gives me to make important or difficult choices. It's always because I feel happier when I live the gospel.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
The Holy Ghost is like an invisible messenger. It's the channel by which God talks to me. Only it doesn't talk out loud. Instead, it helps me feel things or puts ideas in my head. Those feelings and ideas are unique because I can tell they aren't just coming from my own head or heart. When I was 15 and wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was true, it was the Holy Ghost that helped me know that it was. That answer came through a mix of feelings and very clear thoughts. The Holy Ghost also helps me make important decisions. Things like whether I should go to graduate school, or what job to take, or how to help my kids when they're struggling with something. I pray to ask God for help, and He answers through the Holy Ghost. Finally, the Holy Ghost sometimes just gives me peace and comfort when I'm sad, confused, or hurt. It's like getting a huge invisible hug when I feel like I just want someone to understand.
How I live my faith
The truest and hardest test of my faith is in how I treat others, because it reflects whether I am really following the Savior. I try to live my faith by being a good husband, father, neighbor, friend, professional, and citizen. I pray daily on my own and with my family. I read the scriptures every morning before starting work. I have a weekly family night with my wife and kids, in which we talk about the gospel. I go to Church weekly, and serve as a volunteer. I currently serve by leading a Spanish speaking youth group.