Hi I'm Zeke
I'm happy because I'm a Mormon
I'm a husband and father of four boys and a girl. 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.
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 days, 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 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 frequently. 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 as the Bishop of my congregation.