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Hi I'm Zach

I love the mountains more than anything. I am a child at heart. I love being creative and I am ridiculous. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, right about now, I'm out here in Anaheim, California serving a full time mission for the church. Buuut, I think at times people tend to look at us missionaries as personality-less robots. Well, if I'm anything like any other missionary out there, it is not so! Indeed, while I appear to all right now as a white shirt sportin', tie wearing, bike riding machine, on the inside, I'm so much more! I come from Colorado, the best place on earth. Period. I'm pretty outgoing in nature, and when it comes down to things, I just like to have fun. "Having fun" is sort of a broad term and covers a wide spectrum of activities, but I think it's enough to say that, in the end, nothing brings me more joy in life than to simply be with those whom I love. I have an awesome family of wonderful loving cousins and siblings and parents, and there's too many memories to count to even begin to attempt to list them or cover specifics. Whether it be doing things outside in those beautiful mountains, playing hide and go seek on a playground all night, or even just kicking back and playing video games together, I'd say my focus, my end goal in all that I do is to forge memories and happiness with those whom surround me. How we do it doesn't matter, as long as we get it done. And I suppose that's why I'm here on my mission. I've had so much happiness in my life. So much. Given all that I have, I think spending two years to bring that happiness to others isn't too much to ask.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? That's a good question. I suppose the easiest, most obvious answer to this one is that I was born a Mormon. But that's not exactly what the question entails, does it? Here on my mission, I often get asked, "Were you born a Mormon?" and it's an interesting one to answer. The immediate answer is, indeed, yes. But that question carries an implication, an implication that says something more among the lines of, "Aren't you just doing this because you grew up in this church and you don't know anything better?" And to that question, I unequivocally declare "no." I think that every single member of the church needs their own conversion. Every member. Every convert who, at some point, meets the missionaries in their lives, needs to have their own conversion, and it needs to be true and real. But even members, members who have grown up their entire lives in the church must have their own conversion. At some point in our lives, we have to make a decision of what we believe. We have to know what we're doing and why. We HAVE to know what we believe in, and we have to be committed to that cause. And as a member of the church my entire life, this is something I very much lacked. Anybody who knows me, most especially in my teenage years, knows that I wasn't always too excited about church. or church activities. Quite often I was, yes, but on the other hand, I very quite often wasn't. For much of my life I really was searching for that "why," that reason that compels so many people of this church to act and inspire and truly live their lives, pushed and led by the gospel of Jesus Christ. ...Here, on my mission, I have found it. Let's not say that I didn't have a testimony of these things before my mission. I did. But out here, there has been a remarkable change from "passively believing" to "knowing." What I have done here has changed my life. Pouring into the scriptures, and actually seeking to understand with real intent is WHY I am a Mormon today.

How I live my faith

Well, "serving a mission" is a pretty good way to sum this one up. But that's a cheap answer. So I'll fish for some better words here. Right now, indeed, I AM serving a mission. All day, every day, I work. I work to bring this to people that do not have it in their lives. I go out, and I talk to people, and I do all that I can to make sure that people can in some form have this happiness. The life of a missionary is very much different than the average member's. We have a set schedule, and we have studies and planning sessions and meetings and blah blah blah. And while these things are specific to the lives of missionaries in the form in which I'm living them, I think there's some key principles lived in the mission that can be, and MUST be applied to one's life to truly "live [our] faith". I think love is the key. Love for everybody. We have to love everybody we know, because if we do not, we will not be happy. Period. On my mission, I have learned to love. I have spent so much time laboring among people that I truly care for. I have been able to be a part of people's lives and influence them in a way that they wouldn't have had had I not been there. And when we lose ourselves, and really just try to be there for others, it's rewarding. It's more than rewarding; it's fulfilling. There is a new kind of joy that comes from that. I don't know exactly what change has been wrought upon me on my mission. But whatever it is, it has enveloped me and I cannot live without it. I cannot imagine a life now, not being a part of others' lives and just doing what I can to make them be happier because I just love them. It seems something so...empty. And I suppose what brings it all together is action. Love, in accordance with developing our spiritual side of ourselves, is a force to be reckoned with. Things such as reading the scriptures and actually trying to understand them are so important. Going to church. Praying. I can't really describe it. But I'm not going to leave it.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Zach
I think this question would be much easier to answer if people, in the first place, knew what the Bible was. The Bible, as we have it, is a collection of sacred writings written by prophets, dating back thousands of years before Christ. The Bible is not one book, but rather a collection of many books compiled into one, books collected from all over history, with many differing authors and content. The books are unifying in making God's will known to the inhabitants of the earth, and gives us a testimony that Jesus Christ is our savior, that He lived and continues to live today. ...That being said, the Bible is not the complete, one hundred percent, infallible word of God. One does not have to look far in history to see that many, many books were lost, removed, changed, or otherwise affected in the process in which the Bible came to be. There is much more scripture, much more history that God has revealed to his children, in all parts of the world, and the Book of Mormon comprises part of that. Essentially, the Book of Mormon is the communication of God to the ancient inhabitants of the American continents, predating the Mayans and Aztecs. Whereas the Bible chronicles God's communication to His children on the other side of the world, mostly where lies today Israel, the Book of Mormon does the same with the ancient inhabitants here. They too kept records, and many of those records compiled together form the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less