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Hi I'm Zach.

I'm a guitarist, I love adventure, I'm 6'11", and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First of all, my family is the most important part of my life. They’ve helped shape me to become who I am today. Music is also a huge part of my life. Those who know me best know that I’m almost always either listening to music or a guitar is close by. I love playing sports, especially basketball; I also love hiking, camping, four-wheeling, and being outdoors. I am always reading and learning new things, and my favorite way to spend time is with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, I was struck with the awful realization that a force of evil is responsible for all the pain, wickedness, distress, and misery in the world. I was absolutely terrified. I needed to know where I could find refuge from the evils of the world and how I could combat them, so I prayed to God to know which church was the one that Jesus Christ Himself had established during His mortal ministry. Immediately after I uttered the last words of my prayer I was enveloped by an overpowering feeling that all would be well; I knew that God was watching over me and that He would one day guide me to the knowledge that I sought. It was an answer that I would never forget. Years later, at age 14, the subject of the Book of Mormon was brought into discussion by some of my aunts and cousins. They explained that it was an ancient account of the Savior's visit to the Americas. As I sat alone pondering it later that night, I heard a voice speak to me, as if on the wind, saying three times, "Zach, find a Book of Mormon." A feeling of peace swept over me accompanied by the assurance that God was guiding me as He had promised years before. A few days later I was given a copy of the book. On New Year’s Eve of that year, I read the entire Book of Mormon from cover to cover and, expecting to receive an answer as grandiose as Joseph Smith’s, I prayed to God to know whether or not it was true. For a few moments after, I waited anxiously to receive an answer, but nothing happened. Slightly discouraged but intent on receiving an answer, I prayed again the next night: still no answer. Finally, desperately, I prayed again the third night truly desiring to know if the book and all it implied was true, willing to subject myself to the will of God and humbly accept and act on whatever answer I would receive. At that moment, a feeling of indescribable peace and pure joy flooded over me as the words “You already know it is true” struck my soul. A few months later, I was baptized.

How I live my faith

I strive to be more Christlike in all aspects of my life—although anyone will tell you I’m far from perfect. I enjoy helping others in any way I can, and I do my best to be optimistic, no matter what the situation. I served a full-time, two-year mission in the Washington Spokane Mission and I cherished every minute of it. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live and love each of us more than we can comprehend. Just as in times of old, a living prophet guides the church of Jesus Christ under the direction of the Savior Himself. The Book of Mormon is true; countless blessings await all those who read it, ponder its message, and pray to God to know for themselves.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Zach.
To understand grace, we need to first understand a little bit about the atonement. The atonement of Jesus Christ is His sacrifice for us; it includes His suffering in the garden of Gethsemane, His suffering and death upon the cross, and His resurrection. It was necessary for the Savior to sacrifice His life to fulfill the demands of justice because all of us are stained by sin and no unclean thing can enter into the kingdom of God (3 Nephi 27:19). Because Jesus Christ took upon Himself the sins of us all and overcame physical death, we too will one day be resurrected. The Savior not only suffered for our sins, but He also suffered every pain, sickness, and sorrow that we’ll ever experience; because He did that, He knows how to help us in our times of need and He can help us to perfect ourselves to become more like Him. It is by the grace of Jesus Christ that we are saved from the bands of physical death—thus receiving immortality—and by His grace we can receive eternal life—to know God the Father and Jesus Christ (John 17:3) and live as families forever. Grace is the enabling power by which these things are made possible. Show more Show less