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Hi I'm Zach

I grew up in Wisconsin. I go to BYU. I will graduate next year.

About Me

I completed a two year mission in Brazil, Joao Pessoa, where then I returned to BYU and joined the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC). While enrolled in the AROTC, I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in business from the BYU Marriott School of Management. Shortly after, I commissioned as an active duty Infantry Officer and married the love of my life – Julia Cherice Skinner. Julia and I were sealed in the Atlanta Georgia Temple, and because of our sealing, I know that we will remain together forever, even after death. This brings me great joy and peace.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't always know why I was a member of the church. There was a time when I questioned whether or not the church was true, or for that matter, if God even exists. I really didn't have a strong opinion either way, but I thought I would at least try to find out for myself. That's when I first decided to read the Book of Mormon. I admit that after reading the Book of Mormon I never received a grand confirmation, or anything like that, but it did cause me to continue my search. All of this took place my freshman year of college when I was ultimately free to do whatever I wanted. No longer did I go to church just because my parents told me I should. The only reason why continued in church was because of my search. After that school year ended, I submitted my mission papers and figured that if I were to ever find out for myself if the church was true or not, it would be on my mission. I served my mission for two years down in Brazil. During that time, I spent many hours each day searching and praying to know if this church was true. I noticed that the questions to my answers came gradually, and as I continued to search, study, and pray; I eventually arrived at my own testimony that this is the only true church. I'm sure that some people have received a more pronounced confirmation of the truth then I have. Maybe it's just easier for others then it was for me. All I know is that it has to be true. I spent many years just to arrive at that conclusion. But don't take my word for it. Find out for yourself.

How I live my faith

I’ve learned that actions speak louder than words. It’s not enough to just expect others to believe I have a testimony if I haven’t made an active effort to live it. Not only on Sunday, but from my day to day activities.