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Hi I'm Zach

I work in Internet marketing as a website optimization consultant. I live in Fairwood and work in downtown Seattle.

About Me

I live in Fairwood (near Renton) Washington, but we've moved a lot recently. We were in Knoxville, Tennessee, Utah, and Ohio before that. I spent two years in New Jersey as a missionary for the LDS church.

Why I am a Mormon

Because it's true! Because it gives real direction to the problems of our time. Because our faith doesn't insult my reason; it informs it. I feel like I have the ability and support I need to raise my children and strengthen our family bonds. That comes directly from what I know about Jesus Christ through my study and my participation in the LDS church.

How I live my faith

I've had the chance to serve in a lot of different ways in the church. These days, I work with the young men who are age 16-18. Mostly that means trying to keep up with them on hikes, but it also means trying to help them prepare for life at school, work, and as missionaries.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

The Bible is wonderful. I learn so much about Jesus when I read. I study Paul's epistles and learn about the natural law. I read the gospels and learn the words of the Savior. The Bible teaches us God's word, and stands with our other scriptures as a witness of Jesus Christ and His mission. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Well, it's been in the Lord's hands, and it's really His work, but it was Joseph Smith that God chose to get things rolling. The chain of events that made this possible was a long time in the works, but the conditions were right in New York State in 1820. Joseph Smith was confused about which congregation he should worship with, and his study of the Bible didn't lead him to join and particular church. What his study taught him, though, was to ask God. Specifically, he read the verse in James 1:5, which instructs us to ask God when we lack wisdom. This is what Joseph Smith decided to do. The answer came as a visitation from our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus told Joseph not to join any church, but that He would give Joseph a work to do. Over the next few years, Joseph Smith was taught by angels and shown the location of the record that would be translated as the Book of Mormon. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded on April 6, 1830, with 6 members (though many more would join that same day). Joseph Smith led the church until he was killed in 1844. Show more Show less