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Hi I'm Zach

I love making movies or spending a day on the lake. I'm a communications student, I dream of being Spider-Man, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of 7 kids, small for a Mormon family, right? I was going to college for a Communications degree in broadcasting, most of my college was actually taken care of in high school. I love learning. Definitely a favorite past-time. And even though I'm not enrolled in school right now, I'm learning tons as a full-time Missionary for the church. Before my mission I spent a lot of time making small, and sometimes ridiculous, student films. If I wasn't working with a camera I tried to spend time outside... on a mountain, in a boat, in the snow (literally "in" the snow. Or a tree. I'm not very good at snow boarding yet). My family always attributed me to being the comic relief of the family... for quite some time I liked to think that was because I was actually clever... Oh yeah! Especially as a Missionary, I love food. Food is a great thing.

Why I am a Mormon

I suppose this could be a rather lengthy story but I'll stick to a spark notes version. I was born and raised in the church, baptized at 8 years old, went to scouts, endured green jello salad etc. etc... But certain events in my family and my own personal waywardness caused me to forsake my testimony... I had decided that I did not want to serve a mission, but instead pursue my career. I figured that worldly success would bring me joy. But I knew that if I continued to be active in the church, that I would feel obligated to go. So I slowly slipped away, to avoid the guilt of it I guess. That's when I fell into the hole. And no matter what I did on my own, I was stuck in it. I'm grateful for the wisdom of my more active family members, who urged me to read the Book of Mormon, and to start attending church with them again. As I started to grow closer to the Lord on a personal level, I saw things in my life start working for the better. That hole got less and less deep as more and more hands reached in for my rescue. My grades picked up in school, my relationships improved within my family, and my outlook on life was brighter and full of joy. But at one point I still came to a cross roads. If I really believed in this Gospel, if I really believed in Jesus Christ with all my heart then I needed to act on that. That's when the inevitable caught up with me. I'd been avoiding all the joy that comes form living the gospel for such a long time because I was scared to serve. But now, as I serve my mission, I feel totally converted, as I have the opportunity to see this gospel change lives. Not just the good people with which I serve, but also my family back home. Back to the original question, why am I a Mormon? Because I love my Savior, and I know this is His restored Gospel. And that has brought me more joy in this life than anything else.

How I live my faith

As a Missionary, I live my faith by teaching others about Jesus Christ and about this church. Its kinda funny though, I find that by teaching I'm learning a lot more about my Savior than I would simply studying. Its a great calling to teach. And as a representative of our Savior, its a blessing to get to know him through this service, and learn to be more like him. Not only is it spiritually fulfilling, but its more fun than anything I've done my whole life. I mean, I get to ride on my bike all day and Mom can't tell me to come home! Couldn't do that when I was 9! No way.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ. In the Christian world, the more common 'testaments' of Jesus Christ are in the Bible. The 'Old' and the 'New' testaments. These books of scripture were written by the hands of ancient apostles and prophets, men called of God to teach His children about the plan of happiness he has for each of us. The Book of Mormon is written by men called of the same order. As the Bible is written across the Atlantic, the Book of Mormon takes place on the American Continent, and accounts God's dealings with his children in the western hemisphere. The fact that God had the gospel of His son, Jesus Christ, spread around the world is a testament to me that He truly loves all of his children and desires us all the achieve salvation. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Our message is centered around Jesus Christ and is of great value and importance. We talk about Christ's ministry while he was on the Earth. The church he organized, the miracles he performed, the gospel he taught, and most of all, we talk about his infinite and eternal sacrifice for each and every one of us. I'm so grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ. It means that my family truly can be together forever. And even less than an eternal perspective, it means my family can find joy and peace in this life. Which is getting increasingly hard to find in 2011.... The Missionaries will talk about how Jesus Christ can bless you. They will talk about how His arms are always open to you, and He mourns with you when you sorrow and rejoices with you when you triumph. They will talk about how we know this is true, and how all the truths Christ taught while on Earth have been restored. They will talk about Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not worship Joseph Smith, nor do we worship any of the modern day or ancient prophets. We only worship our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. But I'd be lyin' if I said I don't think Joseph Smith was a pretty cool guy. Just like a child who plays basketball would look up to his favorite athlete do I see Joseph Smith. A man who was searching for truth, and acted on the answers that God gave him. No matter what. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

I know that our Heavenly Father loves us so much. I also know, that 2011 can be a scary place to be sometimes. Despite all the rapid changes that happen all around the world each and every day, one thing never changes and that is our Heavenly Father's love for us. Just as in ancient times His children are confused, and we seek guidance. He knows a way to a happier way of living. So He has given us prophets. The prophet who lives today is Thomas S. Monson. I know that he was called of God to act as his mortal mouthpiece, much akin to say Moses, or Noah, or Abraham in the Bible. I know he is a prophet of God. Because I took the step of faith to follow what he teaches, and it has blessed my life. Just like the kids sing, Follow the prophet. He knows the way! Show more Show less