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Hi I'm Zack

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a passion for photography but I work in Physical Therapy for my day job. I love everything outdoors and run every day on my lunch hour. It's important for me to have balance in my life and the church has helped me with that.

Why I am a Mormon

I was looking for something in my life but I didn't really know what. I decided to leave home for the summer in 2003 to work in New Mexico at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch. I had the time of my life, it changed my life. I wound up making all sorts of friends from all over the country. My closest friends were from Missouri, Florida, and Utah. It turned out that the ones from Florida and Utah happened to be Mormon. I never have been one to drink, smoke, or get into trouble. Something about them just seemed right. They invited me to church with them and since I had nothing better to do when I was in base camp on Sundays, I went. Nothing much came of it while I was in New Mexico except for some great times. I came home and almost forgot about it. I met up with my friends 3 months later in October in Utah. We had fun hiking in Zion and while everyone else left I staid on Sunday to go to church. I think that was the first time I felt the spirit so strongly. It hit me hard, there was something about this. It turned out that my friend had been trying to get the missionaries out to my house since the summer but they never made it. They finally called on me while I was in Utah. We finally got together and I started going to church out here. I read the Book of Mormon in a month. Everything I read and did in church rang true. It was like I had done it before, it was right. I got baptized in November and haven't looked back. I have learned so much since then but everything has reaffirmed my testimony. A year after I was baptized I went on a mission to Boise, Idaho. No one really talked to me about going, it was just something I wanted to do (men usually serve a mission when they are 19 for 2 years, I was 22). Those were the best two years of my life. I thought I knew a lot about the church in my year of membership but I learned the most on my mission, teaching and serving the people. I love the church and know that it is true through countless experiences and answers to prayers.

How I live my faith

I go to church for 3 hours every Sunday. I am the ward employment specialist, which means that I keep an eye out for people hiring and people looking for jobs. I go to family home evening every Monday with a family that I know. We like to have a lesson, play games, and watch movies but it is always spiritually uplifting. I go to the Institute of Religion ("Institute") on Wednesday nights to learn more about the gospel and to see ward members outside of church. Most colleges have an Institute next to them. It's a building with space to hold classes, some sort of rec. room, and usually a kitchen. It's a place were anyone can come (not just members of the church) to hang out and have fun. When the time arises I like to volunteer in my community and help out with service projects. I enjoy working with my hands and supporting those around us.