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.
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.