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Hi I'm Zach

I'm a missionary, I swing dance, I throw the javelin, I solve rubik's cubes, I juggle, I love Christ, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I grew up in Utah and was raised in the church with a brother and 2 sisters by wonderful parents who live and love the gospel. We come from a big Latter-Day Saint family. I'm right in between that growing up stage and feel that a mission helps me take a "time out" to prepare myself for all the responsibilities of grown up life. I've done 3 semesters of college thus far. I love music and play the trumpet and my voice and have been teaching myself the guitar. I am a lover of good rock and the oldies. I love sports and am always up for a good game of whatever but my favorite seems to be Ultimate Frisbee. I threw javelin and discus in high school and may never do it again but it sure was fun while it lasted. In high school I fell in love with swing dancing and my wife will need to be able to keep up with that. I've also been able to develop a love for learning and most of that has come while I've been on my mission and I hope to keep that with me through my life and have a good library.    

Why I am a Mormon

 Because I was raised in the church. The reason that I continue to be a Mormon and a faithful one is because I know what everyone else in the church knows, but even though it's all the same it's not generic but rather very personal. My parents don't know it for me, and my friends don't know it for me, I know it for myself. It came from actual study and I guess I never really did that until I was off on my own in college and was given a challenge to read the Book of Mormon in 4 weeks. I decided to go for it and not cut corners like I've done with other challenges/assignments in the past. It required me to read 19 pages a day. Some days it wasn't easy but I always managed to do it. It was my first time that I can recall seriously going through it and I have since read through it many more times and am now familiar with the book. It feels comfortable, and I can say that I love it. It has become my favorite book. I know that it will continue to be a life-long study for me in addition to the Bible and the other standard works. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and that he was given authority in God's kingdom to do His will to help us. That's not hard to swallow, it's wonderful because it's true and must be Christ's church had to be restored not reformed. I know that Jesus Christ lives and loves us. I don't know where I would be without Him. I have felt the arms of His love encircling me and felt the power of His Atonement working in my life. I don't understand it all but it's real and full as opposed to man's logic and reasoning which is only full of doubt and skepticism.   

How I live my faith

Right now I do everything I can to live every part of it at every moment of every day for 2 years as a full-time missionary. I love being a representative for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and that every person is important to Him. I live my faith by trial and error knowing that through Christ's Atonement the parts that I can't do yet are still possible.   As a missionary I arise every morning at 630 a.m. and get ready for the day with prayer, exercise and the other normal things you'd do. Then I study on my own from 8-9 and then for another hour with my "companion" another missionary assigned to work with me until 10. At that point we leave to go proselyting for the entire day taking an hour for lunch and dinner when it fits in with our schedule. We keep ourselves busy teaching, testifying, doing service, and ultimately what we feel the Lord would have us do to bless those around us. We return to our apartment at 9 p.m. and plan for the next days activities, get ready for bed and then crash by 1030. It's the most fulfilling thing I've ever done with my life and the most challenging there's a correlation there.  

In whom should we have faith?

 I believe that we need to have faith in ourselves and that we can do great things and that we can accomplish much. We need to believe in ourselves because God does!  We can also have faith in others. Our parents or our leaders. This helps us to have direction in life and to have security. Mostly we MUST, not should, have faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and in His Atonement and the power of His resurrection. For it is through the Atonement that we may be saved both physically and spiritually. That is where all good things come from. Our faith in Christ will assure us a firm hope to get through anything that life throws our way. Jesus Christ is the way. He is the only way. Any other way is madness!   Show more Show less