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Hi I'm Zach

I grew up in a small town outside of Eugene, Oregon. I am a husband, father, teacher, Boise State fan and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town outside of Eugene, Oregon. My parents met in Germany during my Father’s service in the US Air Force shortly after WWII. They married and he brought my mother to the states. Growing up I enjoyed anything that had a ball involved with it. I loved sports and competition. Living in a small town gave me the opportunity to play football, basketball and baseball. I loved going straight from one season into the next. I had the opportunity to play small college basketball. During my college days I pursued a degree in education and wanted to coach. While working on my Master's degree in Education I had substituted a few times for religion classes. These experiences gave me a strong desire to pursue teaching in that arena. I have been married for 19 years to a wonderful person. Her faith and devotion to God and our family has brought me great happiness. I have 5 children and it is interesting to me how much I enjoy watching them pursue their interests in life and how many life lessons I learn from them. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my wife and family. My second favorite thing to do is watch Boise State play football. I view myself as a simple person who enjoys simple things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon faith. My parents met in Germany during my Father’s service in the US Air Force shortly after WWII. They married and he brought my mother to the states. My father at the time was not active in the Mormon faith, but his parents were. My grandparents took my mother in and treated her as their own child. From their example and goodness my mother became interested in the Mormon faith and began going to church with her in-laws. She joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was determined to raise her children in her new found faith and teach them the moral principles this faith espoused. This is what she did, attending Church for over 13 years with her children while my father stayed at home. Shortly before I turned 8 my father decided to return to activity in the Mormon faith and has strived to live its principles since. My parent’s faithful example, love and devotion planted in me a desire to learn and then live the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. At a very young age I felt a connection with God through personal prayer. I am a Mormon because I have studied and lived it’s teachings. This has helped me develop a personal relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I have prayed daily for as long as I can remember, even during a period in my life when I did not attend church. Prayer has stained me in good and difficult moments in my life. I have witnessed so many changes in my own life for the better and recognize the saving and cleansing power of Jesus Christ. I do know that He is my personal Savior. I know that Heavenly Father is aware of me as an individual and that He hears and answers my prayers. I know Jesus Christ restored His Church to the earth. Knowing that everyone is a child of God helps me to see the good in myself and in others. I am grateful for the spirit I feel in my life and for the knowledge that I have that I can be with my family forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in small and simple ways: daily prayer – individual and family, personal and family scripture study and striving to keep commitments I have made to follow Jesus Christ. I pray often vocally and in my head. Because the Mormon faith does not have a paid ministry each member is given the opportunity to serve the church and its members. I have learned so much through the various opportunities I have been given to serve. The experiences to help others in need and to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ have had a profound impact on my life. The small and simple efforts made daily to follow Jesus Christ’s teachings and example are what I strive for.