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Hi I'm Zak

I'm a Happy Person and a Dreamer, I love Music, I'm a Fantasy Writer, I love God and my Fellow Men, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California and have always liked creating fantasy stories. I also absolutely love to play the piano and enjoy listening to music, especially soundtracks from movies and video games. I have finished my studies at a local Junior College and have been accepted to BYU. I am serving a mission right now and I absolutely love to serve and to help people. I love to be a friend to people. I believe that there is good in all people and I love striving to be like Christ because He is the best example for me. My family is also very important to me. I love them all. I have a sister who is at BYU right now and wants to become a lawyer, and I have a brother who is mentally disabled. He has Autism and Epilepsy (I believe that he is very special).

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and I have always known that the church was true. But when I was in my teen years, I was afraid of a lot of things. Because of my weirdness and my quirks that I had, I was afraid of people judging me. I was afraid of being who I really was because of what other people would think of me or what they would say about me. As a result, I appeased everyone else and didn't speak my mind. Only when I went on my Two-Year Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that I realized that more important than anyone else, I had to worry more about what God and Jesus Christ think of me. And because of that, I know this: That God loves and cares about me for who I am inside. God made me who I am for a reason, and I know that I can help and bless other people's lives because of that. I just know it. People are different and that's okay. If we were all the same, it would be a really boring world. Think of it! We are all very important to Him. And now, I do not have Fear, but I have Faith in good things to come. I know that I can be a light to others because of the person who I am. I know now more than ever that God is real and Christ is really our Savior. They both want us to be happy and they want to help us and guide us in the path of life back to Them. When I doubt that He cares about me, I just think of the many times that He has blessed me and how He has behind the scenes moved me forward when I have felt that I can't go on any further.

How I live my faith

I am a missionary right now and I love helping people and telling people about the Gospel and the things it teaches that have really helped my life in so many ways. I want people to know for themselves, as I have, that God loves and cares deeply about all of us personally and wants us to know about the peace that comes from living the Gospel and His commandments. That has really helped me so much in my life and I want to share that with others. I am a happy person because of that and I want others to be happy too. In short, I love to live my faith by example as Jesus Christ set and taught as I help share God's light with others.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Zak
So many things that I can't even count! My family, my friends, the chance to be on a Mission for His Work, my mind, my feelings, ... so many things! If we ever doubt that there is a God, just look up at the sky at night and tell me that a God didn't create all of those stars in the sky. He certainly did! There is no other way logically that they could have appeared there. I am astonished and struck in awe and wonder litterally everytime I look up at the stars. To think that there are so many and the universe so vast, it makes me feel incrediblely small compared to everything else. But in the Bible we read that the "spirit itself beareth witness within us that we are the children of God," and in the Book of Mormon we read that "God hath created the earth that it should be inhabited, and He hath created His children that they should pocess it." even though we are indeed small compared to everything else there is in the universe, the same Being that created all of that has told us that we are the most important of His creations. We are His children! That strikes me with much more awe and wonder to think about it! But it is true. We can pray to Him and ask Him Himself if this is true; if He is really out there. I promise you that we can know that He is there because we are everything to Him. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Zak
It is another witness of Jesus Christ. Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon tells how to be saved through Christ and what can we do to better follow Him. Prophets long ago from 600 B.C. to about 400 A.D. wrote the Book of Mormon for us today. They saw our day today and have counsel for us through this book. God showed them that we today would be confused. There are many churches today that talk about the Bible but in different ways. Which one is true? They wrote this book to us so that we can know exactly what to do to be saved. Also, with the Bible there are many interpretations of it, but with the Book of Mormon and the Bible together, they resolve cunfusion and false doctrine. This is the Work of God, I know it is. I know for myself that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God, as well as the Bibile. How? The last prophet in the Book of Mormon tells us that we can know that it's true through reading it and asking God sincerely if it is true. If we do so, we will know that it is true through the Holy Ghost. That is the only way that we can know if the book is true. And if the Book of Mormon is indeed true, then the church that claims that it is true is indeed the Lord's Church on the earth today. I know it for myself; I know that you can too. I promise you that. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Zak
No. We worship Jesus Christ because HE is the only Way to Salvation. We do acknowledge that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God who did a lot to restore the Church onto the earth again. It's just like Moses. We all hear about Moses and a lot about what he did. The Jews even named the law that God revealed to them after him. Did they (or we for that matter) worship him? No. Because he was a great prophet and did great things for people under the direction of God, but he wasn't God; he was a man like everyone else that was called to be a prophet at that time to help restore the Jews to their homeland. Same thing with Joseph Smith. He helped restored the church and the whole Gospel back on the earth, and we are very grateful for that. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Zak
Oh, no! We help many, many people all around the world. We believe that all are God's children, not just the ones that are members of this church. We try to find ways to help people everywhere from our neighborhood to a whole country. We try even to help in small ways like cheering someone up when they are having a hard time, or provide necessary things for a family in need. All are equal in the sight of God. Why should we be different? Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Zak
A testimony is a strong, personal and spiritual belief in something in the Gospel that has been given by the Holy Ghost. As a missionary, my job is to help people develop that. How to do develop that testimony is through a book--the Book of Mormon. As a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I invite people to read the Book of Mormon and to pray or ask God if it is true. And a also promise them, as I do to you, that if you do so, you WILL be able to develop that stronger belief in God and in His church, and that you'll be even closer to Him and understand Him better. I have developed that testimony that God is our Father in Heaven and that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know it to be true. I also know that the Gospel (that same whole Gospel that Jesus Christ taught and set up) is back on the earth today. You can know it too if you believe and act on it. I promise. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Zak
It is hard but rewarding. I read the scriptures, pray to Heavenly Father as much as I can each day, go to church to learn and to be spiritually refreshed for the week ahead, and a whole lot of other things that make life much more enjoyable. I feel great joy in living the Gospel and being a Mormon. It is hard because people either understand and like to be friends, or they misunderstand and make fun of that. But that does not change what I know to be true. Being a Mormon has its challenges, but it also has great blessings! Now, I know that if I am true to being a Mormon, I can surely have a happier family, be a happier person, and be able to be much closer to God. I have felt that since I've been a Mormon, I have come to understand Heavenly Father better. He is not just God who is unknowable and who doesn't care about me, only that I worship Him. But now I know that He is my Father in Heaven, and that He does care about even the little things that we do, just like my father. That knowledge, plus more, has made me very happy to be Mormon. Show more Show less