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Hi I'm Zak Nelson

I have a loving wife, and we are blessed with three wonderful sons. I love them and am grateful how Christ blesses us eternally.

About Me

I am a husband and a father of 3 boys. I am in my 30's. I have a wonderful family that I love very much. I work in the internet & technology industry. I enjoy working (in my career & in church), reading, photography, travel, sports, being outdoors, and (most of all) being with my family. I studied Latin and am fluent in Spanish. I have lived in several cities around the US, but now call North Carolina home - and we love it here. I love the scriptures and the guidance they give. I am a huge fan of examples and metaphors, and the Book of Mormon is full of them. The symbolism in it is very powerful. I know the Book of Mormon is true. It repeatedly gives sound testimony and clear doctrine of the divinity of Jesus Christ. He lives and loves us. I also know that prayer is another very powerful tool in our lives. God loves us and wants us to be happy. My most important goal in life is to ensure that my sons know how to be truly happy (eternally), and that they - together with my wife and I - can be with our Heavenly Father once again.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the gospel is true, that the principles it teaches are true: Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior of us all, the Book of Mormon is the word of God, Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, and Thomas Monson is a prophet of God. I have prayed and pondered these things deeply and I know them to be true. The Church of Jesus Christ Of Letter-day Saints has taught me to love my Heavenly Father & His Son Jesus Christ, and taught me how to love all my brothers and sisters. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy - because the people I meet with on Sundays and throughout the week are my extended family...and because the church has strong fellowship and the same beliefs throughout the world. I am a Mormon because I cherish my family and know that the church makes them happy now - but more importantly it's the only way for us to be happy and to remain together for forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to be a good father to my sons. They are wonderful and amaze me constantly...and they are a handful. I worry a lot about them and the world we live in, but I know that the best I can do is to be a good example for them and make sure that they know I am always here for them. I live my faith by trying to be a good husband. My wife is WONDERFUL and I love spending time with her. She is such a great friend and she is truly beautiful. We have had our challenges and don't always agree, but I try to support and love her. I live my faith by repenting: I am continuously working on living a clean and pure life, but I'm not perfect. When I make mistakes, I know I can overcome them through Christ's Atonement and resist future temptations through the wonderful process of repentance. I live my faith by trying to serve those around my, by sharing my faith with them so that they can in turn strengthen me. I talk to others and try to help in any way I can when I see a need. I live my faith by serving my Savior, by trying to ask myself what I think Christ would do and what he would want me to do. It is sometimes hard to resist what the scriptures call the "natural man", but the more we tune our hearts to the Lord's "frequency" - the easier it is to keep the signal clear and stay on that channel (or course) in life. I live my faith through love and forgiveness - and the more I have in my heart, the easier it is to love and live free of the darkness of the world.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Zak Nelson
To set balance to all the creations of our Heavenly Father that obey the laws he has set, and because of the imbalance brought into that creation by us (due to our mistakes & sins) there must be a reckoning. This reckoning must not be a temporary solution - a bandaid, if you will - for the scale of imbalance that our mistakes have caused...but must be a perfect, enduring reckoning. This reckoning could only have been made by one who is perfect and that individual must be brought to an awareness of each of the causes for the imbalance - each of our sins. That is why Christ sacrificed himself for us, and why he knows each of us so well and so intimately. And His sacrifice is infinite. If this were not so, the imbalance of creation would tear creation itself apart. Show more Show less