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Hi I'm Zane.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a performer. Whether I'm fighting a man-eating plant, taking an exam, arguing about whether all the world really is a stage, singing my heart out, teaching an ESL class or just hanging out with friends, somehow I always seem to find my way to the center of attention. I'm a teacher. I love learning, exploring, discovering and uncovering truth in any and every corner of thought. I love seeing others learn and helping through that fantastic and joyful process. I'm a musician. I love to sing, play the piano, guitar, saxophone, Indian flute or any other instrument I can get my hot little hands on. Currently I'm studying music composition at Brigham Young University. I'm a brother, the oldest of 3. Right around the time when imitation became the sincerest form of flattery instead of just plain annoying, my style became exceedingly square to my little brother and sister. But they love me anyway. It's always been important to me to set a good example for them of honesty, integrity and diligence in school and in serving God. I'm a son. I'm just getting to that point in my life where I'm realizing everything my parents have sacrificed to give me some really incredible opportunities. I think their sacrifice epitomizes the truest form of love, and I'll be forever grateful for that. We don't always see eye to eye, but I'm learning to appreciate their wisdom born of experience and even the correction that stems for their sincere concern for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ and I want to be more like Him. The earliest and most profound impact of the gospel on me I can remember came from singing Primary songs as a child. The songs I sang taught me about Jesus and my Heavenly Father. I believe the music helped open my heart to God, and the Spirit of God touched me many times and confirmed to my little soul that I really was a part of their family. I learned and felt that they had a plan and a purpose for me; they wanted me to be happy and become a better person. I don't remember much about being baptized when I was 8, but I do remember a burning within my heart, feeling and knowing internally that God was pleased with what I had decided to do. Most recently I had the unparalleled blessing of serving the Lord Jesus Christ as a full-time missionary in Calgary, Alberta. As I tried to dedicate everything about my life to the cause of preaching the gospel of Christ, I felt Him magnifying and expanding me. He pushed me to do things I had never done before, and His grace helped me grow into shoes I could never have filled on my own. I know now to the center of my being that Christ lives and that because He sacrificed Himself on our behalf, He is capable of forgiving, healing and changing people. I know because I have seen it in people that chose to come unto Him, and I have seen it in myself. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the endless vision, the unmatched hope and the eternal perspective it provides for my life. I love knowing that I have a purpose and an identity that are extraordinary. I love finding answers to questions and detecting answers to prayers and seeing quiet, daily reassurances that my Heavenly Father is mindful of me and my family. I love the friends and family I have in the Church who are working together to "[become saints] through the atonement of Christ the Lord" (Mosiah 3:19). They are striving to be examples of faith, integrity, sincerity, service and abiding love.

How I live my faith

You'll notice that I'm a little bit different. I tend to be very optimistic about things. I don't think I can honestly take credit for that; I believe it's a gift that God has given me as I've tried to live the gospel. For some reason, I almost always believe that things will work out in the end. And they do! I try not to let negative attitudes weigh me down or keep me from doing the things I'm here to do. For me, it's especially important to give other people the benefit of the doubt when they say or do something insensitive, because I've found myself in that same boat hoping for that same benefit many times! I'm learning to be sensitive to the needs of other people. I like the mantra from the kids movie, "Robots": "See a need, fill a need." I find simple joy when I notice a way I can help someone else and I have the courage to go do it. I usually helps me develop closer and more meaningful bonds with the people I love as well. For me, it's important to go to church every Sunday. When I go to church, I formally remember what Christ has done for me, and I'm reminded of the immense opportunities His sacrifice has afforded me. It's an opportunity to recommit myself to follow Him as I've already promised to do. I also learn a ton! I love being in classes where I can study the word of God, and hear and see how the gospel takes shape in the lives of my peers. Life is not always easy, but it's hard to feel alone with so many good people, who, as it turns out, are just as imperfect as you are. Being actively involved in the Church also gives me more opportunity to understand the needs of others and serve them.