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Hi I'm Zack

I'm currently at college. I love mountain biking and tractors and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I returned in July from serving the church full time in Boston, Massachusetts. I'm the oldest of 5 with 4 younger sisters. I'm going to college and I'm looking at studying Chemical Engineering. I love playing tennis, cycling, and being outside.

Why I am a Mormon

I gained my knowledge of the truthfulness of the church through prayer. At a young age I remember realizing that I didn't know whether or not this church was correct, but I wanted to know. I remember asking God to help me know. My answer didn't come immediately, in fact, it took several months, but one day as I reflected on it, I realized that the Lord had answered my prayer and I felt a surety that this church is His and is the church I should be a part of. That testimony and my involvement in the church have made all the difference in my life.

How I live my faith

Like I said, I just returned from a full time mission for the church in Massachusetts. It was the most rewarding two years of my life to this point. I loved being able to serve the people there and invite them to learn of the gospel that's brought such peace and happiness to my life. We did things besides teaching too like community service projects at food banks as well as disaster relief projects after flooding. I look forward to being able to continue to participate in the church here at home.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Zack
Our prophet is chosen by revelation and inspiration from God. We don't have any voting process or public forums/debates. Rather, through an orderly process of seniority, our prophet is chosen and set apart for his responsibilities. Each member of the church should then pray about the prophet and ask God if that's who He has chosen. That way each person can receive their own witness from God that the prophet truly is the prophet of God and should be heeded and followed. I'm so grateful that the Lord has called prophets and apostles again today to help lead and guide us. They are anchors of truth and light in the dark and turbulent world. I know that they look to Jesus Christ who is the head of our church and serve Him. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Zack
The Mormon missionaries are funded through their own and family contributions. The church doesn't pay missionaries at all. What happens is that each missionary contributes a certain set amount of money each month to the church. The church then pools all that money together and distributes it to each of the over 330 missions worldwide according to their needs. That money goes to pay for housing, transportation, and other costs, and the missionaries receive a certain allotment of it to pay for food, haircuts, etc. Sometimes people will also contribute money directly into the missionary fund of the church. While I served my mission, many people seemed surprised that we would give up two years of our lives to serve missions and not only not receive money, but pay to be there. The fact is that the gospel of Jesus Christ has brought me peace, hope, and happiness beyond price, and it was something that I wanted to share. It was worth it! Show more Show less