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Hi I'm Zach Gibson (齊秉睿)

I love life. I love people around me. I'm a scientist. I always want to eat Mexican food. I love playing sports, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I study Neuroscience and Chemistry at college and enjoy it a lot. I play sports (especially volleyball and basketball) and fiddle around with the piano, organ, and guitar. I served a mission in Taiwan Taipei mission... the best mission in the world! ;) I LOVE studying. School is the best thing ever. I also LOVE helping other people study. Or clean. Or cook. Actually, I just love helping other people more than school. I love being busy. Luckily the Gospel has provided me with so many opportunities that I'll never be bored! So many chances to serve and just love other people. If there's one thing I want people to realize when they know me, it's that I will do anything for the people I love. I'm still not as good as I want to be, but I firmly believe loving service is the refining fire through which Heavenly Father is able to mold us into His most effective tools. I've always heard how serving a mission brings lots of blessings. I hope that most of these blessings don't come directly to me. I hope they go to my family, to my friends, and the people I served in Taiwan. I think that embodies the kind of person I am (or at least try to be). My goal is to always be willing to stop what I'm doing (for myself) in order to help someone else. Whether that's spending 2 years in Taiwan, learning a new language and a new lifestyle, or anything that pops up in the future, I hope to become more like Jesus Christ through all of these experiences.

Why I am a Mormon

As a budding scientist, I like to study and find out about things that are true. Science and religion are both, at their core, the search for and study of truth. The methods are a little different for both, but they're equally valid and I've come to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church in the same way that I've come to know that mixing silver nitrate and hydrochloric acid will make a white solid precipitate from a solution: I've thought about it, tested it, and seen the results. I've given my life to church service, to prayer, to scripture study, and to finding out that it's true. I've felt the power of the Priesthood impact my life. I've done what was taught in the New Testament: "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine: whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself" (John 7:17). I've prayed, I've acted on my feelings (act!), and I've come to know that the Church is the true Church and provides the most happiness I can ever have. Heavenly Father loves me, He loves you, and He wants every one of us to be as happy as possible.

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? I serve others. That's why I do anything! I recently finished service as a missionary. Every day we were outside, sharing the Gospel. Every night, we were planning what we're going to do to help people the next day! And I learned to set goals to be better. Every day. If I think of a way to help someone, I write it down. Then I make a goal and I do it! Accomplishing goals is a keystone of my faith. I think that the way I live my faith is really that simple. I believe the Gospel is a Gospel of ACTION. That means accepting callings and then doing them. That means getting excited to serve a mission and then DOING IT. That means opening my mouth and talking to people here in Taiwan! It means that every day I'm trying to find my weaknesses and make them stronger. What it really means, though, to live my faith... I love people. The more opportunities I have to serve them, the more I love them. When I love people, I'm going to do anything I can to help them. If people think of me, I hope they think of that attribute. I hope I can always live according to the character of Christ.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Zach Gibson (齊秉睿)
I wouldn't have it any other way. Mormons, myself included, live under a code of standards and beliefs related to high morality, honesty, and generally acting in ways that are uplifting for everyone involved. Basically, if it's harmful (to yourself or to someone else), we don't do it. It's not "restricting" as many assume. I feel so liberated when I am doing all of the things that I have been taught and when I choose to keep the commandments Heavenly Father has given. That said, I'm not perfect. None of us are. We all make mistakes, some of us interpret the standards differently, and that's OK. The essence of the Mormon lifestyle is all about obedience and honoring Heavenly Father by obeying his prophets and keeping the standards. It's also about creating the best possible life for yourself and (more importantly, in my mind) for everyone around you. Who wouldn't want to live with that goal? Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Zach Gibson (齊秉睿)
The blessings I've seen in my life tell me unequivocally that there is a God. I'm not that good. But somehow things always work out for my benefit (even when it's not in the way I expect). I firmly believe that God, our Heavenly Father, is very much watching out for me and making an impact in my life. Science, to me, is another testament of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and their brilliance in creating the universe. Scientists often get caught up in the details and use science to justify not believing in God, but science is really almost the study of the patterns God used in creating the world. It's truly beautiful when looked at under the right perspective. There's no way all the intricacies of life occurred by chance. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Zach Gibson (齊秉睿)
Faith...it's power. Have you ever heard of the "placebo effect" in medicine? Have you ever wondered why you can take a sugar pill and it will actually effect your health? Albeit not as much as an effective medication, but it still works to a measurable and statistically significant extent. What's working there? I believe this principle is directly related to the religious concept of faith. Ether 12:12 says that God can do no miracle among the children of men until AFTER they have faith. I very firmly believe that faith is a literal power -- the power by which God works miracles. Whether it is healing, protection, completing a task, our faith in Him includes three steps: 1) we believe that God is able to work all things according to His will. 2) We take action to show our faith and accomplish our part of the work. 3) Through your faith, God makes it happen. As a missionary, I learned the absolute truthfulness of the power of faith. Through faith, I saw people overcome obstacles from family opposition, financial insecurity, addictions, and past sins in order to become worthy and qualified to receive baptism and join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Things can change through the magnificent power of faith. Don't ever doubt. "Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not." (D&C 6) Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Zach Gibson (齊秉睿)
Ask the missionaries... they can help you! It's actually really easy: start coming to church, start reading scriptures (the Bible and the Book of Mormon), pray every day, and meet with your local missionaries. They will help you learn about the background of our church, God's plan of Salvation, the basic principles of the Gospel, the commandments of God, and the laws and ordinances of the Church. They'll also invite you to get baptized and set a goal. You should say yes! Then, the baptismal date will arrive. Smile! You're going to take a picture with them, because they're very excited to help you get baptized and become a member of this Church. Then there will be a brother from the church (either one of the missionaries who taught you or another worthy, Priesthood-holding brother you select) will help you immerse in the water. When you come out, you're baptized! The next day at sacrament meeting (you'll need to keep going to sacrament meeting to have all the blessings God wants to give you!) you will be confirmed as a member of the Church and receive what's known as the "Gift of the Holy Ghost" from another Priesthood-holding brother laying his hands on your head. Then...you're a member! Congratulations! Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Zach Gibson (齊秉睿)
It's probably due to the efforts of all the really smart, really mature 18 and 19 year old missionaries that go out and (in many cases) have to learn new languages, learn how to teach in ways they've never taught before, leave behind everything they actually know how to do and just preach the Gospel... ...or maybe not. Having served a mission and experienced a lot of different sides of missionary work, I firmly believe that there is literally no other work or organization in the world that could be successful with the "staff" of a mission. Lots of 18 or 19 year old kids who may or may not have ever had a job before, many of whom haven't stepped foot on a college campus (yet), and then one man, the mission president, to lead and direct all of them. All other organization and leadership is staffed by these young, inexperienced missionaries who barely know how to cook their own breakfast or wash their own clothes (I'm only slightly exaggerating... I trained 2 new missionaries on my mission.) By the end, we come out as professional, polished adults, and many have had success bringing several new members into the Church. There's only one reason why: this church has the truth and the divine support of our Heavenly Father. Anyone -- literally anyone -- who has the faith and commitment to accept the missionaries' invitation to read the Book of Mormon, pray about it, and act on their answer will desire baptism because it's the way God prepared for us to obtain salvation. Show more Show less