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Hi I'm Zach

I'm a football player. I'm a humanitarian. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I have dreams of one day being able to retire and dedicating the rest of my life to some type of service organization. Having volunteered for the Red Cross and having lived for some years in Chile, I have seen a great need to give and to serve. For now, I am a college student and am working full-time. I enjoy football, weightlifting, reading, spending time with family, and everything outdoors from snowboarding to hiking to horseback riding.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ. I know that He lives. I know that. I have felt His influence in my life and I know that when all else fails, He can and does provide strength, healing, and comfort. I find that as I strive to live His teachings, He directs me in my life and helps me understand how to find peace and happiness. I have found that true peace and happiness can only be found by coming unto Christ and in no other way. I am Mormon because this church brings me closer to Christ than any other church could because it teaches the fulness of His correct doctrine.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith daily by praying frequently throughout the day, studying daily the words of Christ in the scriptures-especially in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon, serving God's children, and trying to become more like Christ. Though on my own I would be a failure in life, I know that through Christ's grace, I can accomplish whatever He would have me do.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Zach
What would you do if somebody came up to you and started accusing you of holding all sorts of strange beliefs and condemning you for those beliefs? Furthermore, what would you do if when you tried to correct that individual and help him/her understand what you really believe, the individual refused to listen and held on to his/her misconceptions? That is something I have experienced many times. People have come up to me many times as a Mormon and falsely accused me of many strange things (i.e. that I worship Joseph Smith, that I don't believe in the Bible, that our church does strange rituals in our temples, etc...). The list could go on and on. When I have that experience, I feel a bit of sadness for the individual because I want him/her to escape his/her ignorance and feel the joy that comes from following Christ's teachings and becoming familiar with His restored church. But as I reflect on why that occurs, I recognize that people often fear what they don't understand and spread false rumors and misconceptions about the unknown. To answer the question, some people call the Mormon church a cult because they are not familiar with the church. Unless a cult is an organization that strengthen's people's faith in Jesus Christ and helps them change their lives to live in accordance with His teachings, the Mormon church is not a cult. Show more Show less