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Hi I'm Zach Lloyd

I am a father of five. I love guitars and writing music. I am a complex commercial litigator. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Zach. I'm 30 (and must admit struggling a bit with that!). I love guitars, writing, big waves and participating in any sport that allows me to hit a ball as hard as I can. I am a workaholic but master very few skills. I am a lawyer, a reasoner and a logician but profoundly driven by faith. I am a sub-par parent (and not in the good, "golf" kind of way) but would do anything for my children. I am obsessive/compulsive but not detail-oriented. I drool over fast, expensive European cars but drive a gray-on-gray Toyota Camry (like every other grandma in the US...ugh...). I have a beautiful, far-better-than-I-deserve wife, ME, and five bright and energetic children that demand (and deserve) more time than I can give them. Am I a Pharisee? A paradox? Or simply an imperfect person trying make his way through this complicated journey we call life? I guess, at times, I’m all those things…but I’m also a Mormon. And for that I am most thankful! For it is the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ that gives meaning to that which matters most.

Why I am a Mormon

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not "too good to be true"; it's SO good it MUST be true! As I member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I've found answers to life's most poignant, yet perplexing questions—who am I, where did I come from, why am I here, where am I going (and with whom), how can I really find happiness? This is why I'm a Mormon. WHO I REALLY AM. Like you, I am son of the Living God, even the Eternal Father of all mankind, for “[t]he Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Rom. 8:16). I was created in His image for the purpose of becoming like Him. WHERE I CAME FROM. Like you, and like the Prophet Jeremiah of old, I came to earth from the presence of God. “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee” (Jer. 1:5). There, in heaven, we the spiritual children of God “[e]ven before [we] were born, [we], with many others, received [our] first lessons in the world of spirits and were prepared to come forth in the due time” (D&C 138:56). WHY I’M HERE. As the Lord told Father Abraham: “We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell; And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them” (Abr.3:24-25). Earth was created so that we might come to it, receive a body and learn to master it—and, like Christ, learn to “suffered the will of the Father in all things” (3 Ne. 11:11). WHERE I’M GOING. Deep within, all children of God desire to return to the presence of their Father. It runs as deep as DNA. Death is not “the end” but only a transition for “as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22). WHY IT’S WORTH IT. My wife. My four beautiful children. Just looking at them, knowing we can be together beyond this life, makes it all worthwhile.

How I live my faith

As the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not have a paid, "professional" clergy, it relies on a "lay" ministry--made up of the members of each congregation to oversee the operations of the Church. Each congregation (called a "ward") is cared for by a bishop and his two counselors. Currently, I serve as one of those counselors, and together the three of us tend to the spiritual and temporal needs of the roughly 500 members of our congregation. On any given week, I may be conducting meetings of our entire congregation as we participate in the ordinance of the Holy Sacrament (see Matt. 26:26-29), overseeing the proper collection and administration of sacred tithes and offerings, teaching a group of teenagers about the importance of wearing the "whole armour of God" in order to "quench all the fiery darts of the wicked" (see Eph. 6:11-18) or wearing a cape as "Scripture Power Man" and teaching the elementary school-aged children of the importance, power and protection we can find by studying the scriptures. Never a dull moment that’s for sure!