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Hi I'm Zac

I love baseball, Boston, the gospel, and being a mormon!

About Me

My home is sunny Arizona where i love. I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my whole life. The things i love to do most have anything to do with sports, mainly baseball! It is my love! I have played ever since i can remember up until i went off to my mission in Boston Massachusetts. I love the outdoors, including hiking the different trails in AZ. My favorite that ive done was hiking the Grand Canyon to Havasupai. I love my family so much and love spending time with them.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been there my whole life. My amazing parents are converts and wasted no effort in making sure i was able to experience the same blessings that they had. I always had exposure to everything Church every sunday, the Book of Mormon, the nine yards. I came to a point when i was about 16 or 17 when I had to figure out for myself if this was the path i wanted to travel down. I could not continue to piggy back on my parents and church leaders testimony's. So i decided to act on the knowledge i had about the promise given to anyone who reads the Book of Mormon. It was given to all of us by the last prophet in the Book of Mormon named Moroni. I read and prayed and the spirit of God told me that it was true. The peace that i have felt in my life is unmeasurable. The Book of Mormon changes lives and is here to bring us closer to our Savior Jesus Christ. i know it is true. The truth that i am able to have an Eternal Family that can live together forever is something that i know to be true. This is such a wonderful gift that our Heavenly Father has given us for us to be happy, and through the Temples that now dot the earth more and more people are finding these blessings to be real. But ultimately the whole reason that I'm a mormon is that I am able to have such an intimate relationship with 1. My Father in Heaven and 2. My Savior Jesus Christ. Being able to feel his love at its full capacity is something that i havent been able to find anywhere else other than within the confines of this Church and Gospel. To be able to know and feel the effects of Jesus Christ's Atonement for me in my daily life is irreplaceable. Having all of the pieces fit perfectly together, centered around Jesus Christ is the only way to live my life.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a missionary for the Church. I have been called by a prophet of God to serve in Boston Massachusetts. As a missionary i go out to preach the gospel to all that are willing to hear the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love being a missionary and seeing how being an instrument in the Lord's hands can really help and bless the lives of God's children.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Zac
Christ said "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." We know that this doctrine is true. Without baptism by proper priesthood authority no man or woman who lived here in mortality, can enter into God's Kingdom. This is also reaffirmed by the Savior himself, when he appeared to the people in the Americas, as recorded in the Book of Mormon (3 Nephi 11) Heavenly Father's whole purpose is "To bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." It simply would be out of the character of God for him to damn all those who have yet to be baptized, to endless misery. However, through revelation given to the Prophet Joseph Smith the Lord Jesus Christ instructed him that we as members of His Church should work to redeem the dead. The whole purpose of performing baptisms for the dead is to be baptized in proxy for those who did not have the oppotunity while yet alive to be baptized by proper Priesthood authority. This helps those lacking this qualification for eternal life, to be able to enjoy the great gift of eternal life. God wants all of his children to come back and live with him, and he has given a way that all can have the opportunity. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Zac
Our church is called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and as such we follow him who's name we bear. Jesus Christ is central to everything that we do within the church. Although the Prophet Joseph Smith is someone who we hold in high regard as the first prophet of this day and age, we do not worship him in any way shape or form. Jesus is at the head of this his church, he calls the shots through the prophets that he calls today. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Zac
The first vision was an event that happened in the spring of 1820. Joseph Smith a young farm boy had the question which of all the religions were true and how would he know it? He read in James 1:5 that says "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God...and it shall be given him" He decided to ask God which of all the sects were right. He recorded his experience as such, "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" Joseph saw God the Father and Jesus the Christ. This was not the answer that Joseph had expected. The Lord instructed him that he would be the means whereby Christ's true church, as had existed when he was on the earth, would be restored to earth again. I know that he did in reality see God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. From this glorious vision we learn 3 key points of doctrine that seem to be a cause of much confusion among Christendom. We learn 1. The heavens are not closed nor will they ever be closed again. 2. God the Father and Jesus Christ are two different persons. 3. That Christ's true church is once again established upon the earth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Zac
We believe that God is our literal father in heaven. He is the father of our spirits. He has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man. He looks exactly as we do, we are created in his image. He is a ressurected, immortal being that is completely seperate from Jesus Christ. We believe in a form of the trinity, being that the God Head is made up of the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. However each is their own seperate being individual of each other. God loves us, for he is our father. He rejoices when we make correct choices and is saddened when we choose contrary to that which would make us eternally happy. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Zac
I know that there is a prophet, very similar to Moses, alive today who leads and guides this, the true church of Jesus Christ. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and as such it makes perfect sense to have on earth, yet again, a prophet called of God. President Thomas S. Monson, is the Lord's prophet on the earth. His mission is the same as those who came before him, to guide all of God's children back to him, not just those who are a part of the church. He is the prophet for the whole world. God uses him to show us the way, just as he used Moses in leading the children of Isreal out of bondage. The prophets of God will always show us the way to keep ourselves out of "spiritual bondage". It is a great blessing to have a prophet on the earth. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Zac
Mormons are Christians. By defnition a Christian is one who follows Christ and works to apply the things He teaches. We fully and wholly follow Jesus Christ. He is central to all we do. The Book of Mormon, the book that sets us apart from the rest of Christianity, teaches us how we can get nearer to God and Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith made a promise that a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book on earth. It is another testament of Jesus Christ. We follow Christ and we teach of Christ, that all may know to what source they can be cleansed of their sins. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Zac
 A testimony is the things that you know individually to be true. This testimony is gained through the manifestations of the Holy Ghost and through our own experience that help us to know in our minds and hearts that certain principles are true. Once this witness is gained to know that certain things are true it must be nurtured like a plant. So as to say that you need to "water and give light" to your testimony. Which is done by keeping the commandments, such as, reading the scriptures, sincere prayer, and diligent church attendance. Your testimony is the sharpest arrow in your quiver. Show more Show less