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Hi I'm Zach

I'm a college student. I love being around people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now I’m in kind of a creative stage of life. I’m deciding who I want to be and what I want to do. So, I'm studying chemical engineering at college. I love studying just about any subject, though. I’m learning spanish. I’ve got a long list of books I want to read. Road trips and traveling are something I’d like to do more of. I want to try my hand at writing and will probably dabble in photography as well. To me, the most important thing on Earth is my family. I have 1 brother and 5 sisters. I love spending time with them. We go on crazy 200 mile relay races together. We make home movies. We play board games. We fight and yell at one another sometimes because of the board games. We learn spanish together. We go on hikes together. Estonia is also a big part of my life now. I went there for 2 years to serve as a missionary. I learned Estonian and met a lot of awesome people. So, I feel like Estonia is kind of a second home. I even bought a copy of Kalevipoeg and brought home some Estonian black rye bread home for my family to try.  

Why I am a Mormon

 When I was about 15 I remember kneeling down by my bed, after reading the scriptures, and praying to God to know if the Book of Mormon was true. Immediately my mind became very clear and I had a great conviction come into my heart that it was true. I jumped up on my feet and felt like shouting to the world what I had come to know. Everything seemed to fall into place and my soul seemed to be filled right up. Finishing my mission, I had some worries about what would happen in the rest of my life. Would I be able to accomplish my goals in life? Would I be able to live up to what God expected of me? As I was thinking about them a feeling of peace overcame me. Suddenly those concerns seemed to melt away and I had the thought “you don’t need to worry about those things”. I felt as if God had just put his arm around me and cleaned my glasses so I could see properly. Just recently I was reading the Book of Mormon before starting the day. I felt something cut right to the center of my soul that said, “Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. This book is true.” I notice that after reading I had more love for others and more excitement about the coming day. I’ve received a personal witness that this church is good and of God, and I’ve had hundreds of experiences that have strengthened that faith that I have. God lives and communicates with us. His church and gospel have changed my life.

How I live my faith

Every day I get up and think about how I can help people around me and how I can draw closer to God. I’ve made a commitment to serve God and God’s children and I try to live up to that. Most days it’s accomplished in small, simple ways such as taking my little sisters to a fast food restaurant after school or not looking down on the guy with half his head shaved and gauges in his ears whose standing next to me on the bus. I go to church each Sunday to remember God and worship with others. For 2 years I served in Estonia as a missionary and shared the good things that I’ve been given. I went to visit lonely people in a retirement home. Our congregation helped clean up a cemetery. I talk to God often through prayer and try to express gratitude for all the things he’s given me. Of course, like everyone, I have my quirks and I make my mistakes. But, I strive constantly to become better. When I do something wrong I try to say I’m sorry, correct the harm done, and replace that wrong action with something good. Being a mormon does not mean being perfect, but it does involve growth and change for the better. To me, being a mormon means living a rich, meaningful life. In my view all the teachings of Jesus and his prophets are meant to improve and perfect life. I believe there’s something more to life than just existing. As a follower of Christ I have peaceful, purpose-filled life now and a hope for an eternity of great days ahead.