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Hi I'm Zander

I'm a university undergrad and a missionary. My delicacies include history, cheese, and classical literature. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi I'm Zander, I'm 19 years old and a missionary and college student. I've always loved education and have made the pursuit of knowledge a life-long pursuit for me. My favorite curriculars include maths and histories. In high school I ran cross-country and played on the football, soccer and Knowledge Bowl teams. I won't turn down a good cheese or a rich piece of classical literature, but I'm partial to Russian novels and white English cheddar. I've worked as both a landscaper and lifeguard, and in high school I tutored math for kids around the community. I study at BYU, working toward degrees in Neuroscience, Russian Lang/Lit, and Classical Latin. As I said though, I'm a missionary, so I'm taking a break from school and work to serve. I labor in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and the surrounding regions, absorbing the language and teaching all I can about Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have chosen to follow Jesus Christ and I know this is His church. I know He is at the head today and speaks to all the earth through His prophets. I know families can live forever together and that we don't need to wait until the next life to be happy, for this life is for our happiness. I know that the greatest happiness comes in caring for others and forgetting about oneself, which is why I'm happier than I've ever been in my life here as I don't worry about my own welfare and just do my best to lead others to happiness.

How I live my faith

As a missionary, my purpose is to bring people to Christ. Every day I talk to as many of these wonderful Russians as I can, teaching in their homes and discussing on the streets. I and my fellow elders teach and strengthen the testimonies of the members in the local branches. We hold English club weekly, open to the community. Service is a huge part of my life. Not everyone is interested in joining another church and can't see how it would make all the difference in their lives, so often we simply serve, helping people in their lives in any way we can and showing them what Christ would do. I love the Russian people and pray for even greater charity toward them so I can bring as many as I can to Christ.