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Hi I'm Zach

I like learning foreign languages, playing in the marching band, and nerding out about my favorite shows. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Music is one of the most important things in my life. I play the saxophone, piano, organ, percussion, and I also sing (well, I enjoy trying =]). I am the fifth of six children, with two older brothers, two older sisters, and a younger brother. I love my family and I can't imagine having a different one. I also love to learn about different languages and cultures. I am fluent in Spanish and love Hispanic culture, food, people... Everything! I also speak German and want to continue learning new languages throughout my life so that I can communicate with many different people throughout the world and gain an appreciation for their beliefs and customs.

Why I am a Mormon

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know it's true in every aspect. My life has been touched by the Spirit of God and I feel His love every day. I grew up in the church and even the thought that anything else could possibly be true seems strange to me. I remain in God's church because I've felt His love and blessings throughout my life. I'm not perfect by any means, and I succumb to the temptations of Satan at times, but as I strive to live as an example and a follower of Christ I grow closer and closer to Him and Heavenly Father. Even though I was born and raised as a member of the LDS Church, I did not always have my own testimony of it. I found my own, true testimony at Especially For Youth (EFY), a week-long youth camp, the summer before my freshman year of high school. The unending feeling of warmth and comfort from the Spirit throughout that week brought me to know that this Church is true. I had always thought that the Church was true, but I never really knew it for a fact. I can now say with surety that I KNOW without any doubt that this Church is God's only true church on the earth and that He guides it today through a living prophet.

How I live my faith

I strive to be an example of Christ for others. I read my scriptures daily and pray every night before I go to sleep and every morning when I wake up. I go to church each week to feel the spirit and learn from the lessons and the speakers. I served as a missionary for two years in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. During that time I became closer to my Heavenly Father than ever before. I love the Gospel and try to help others to find the same joy that I have found through it.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jesus Christ has shown us that it is necessary to be baptized in order to be saved. We perform baptisms for the dead so that all people can have the opportunity to partake of the gospel. Would a God who loves us with everything punish someone who never had the opportunity to hear the message of the restored gospel and died before they ever had the chance to be baptized? Of course not! Baptism for the dead is a way to allow those who have passed on to become partakers of the gospel and enjoy all of the blessings that come with it. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Imagine you are driving 100 MPH down the highway and an ice cream truck comes up behind you, blaring its music, and tells you to pull over. After you do the ice cream man gets out and writes you a ticket on a napkin because you were speeding. Are you going to pay that ticket? I do not think so. Now imagine that you are driving 100 MPH down the highway and a police car comes up behind you with its sirens and tells you to pull over. After you do, the policeman gets out and writes you a ticket for speeding. Will you pay THIS ticket? I think you would. The difference between the ice cream man and the policeman is that the policeman has the authority to write you a ticket for speeding. The Bible teaches that, "Except a man be born of water and of the spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven" (John 3:5). If baptism if required to enter through the gates of heaven, it only makes sense that a baptism must be performed by someone who has the authority to act in God's name and open that gate for you. Show more Show less