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Hi I'm Zachary

I'm a pre-law student. I'm a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love skiing, hiking, camping and just about anything I can do outdoors. I am an elementary school teacher and am preparing to go to law school. I want to study Constitutional Law and would love to get a clerkship with an Appellate Court Justice one day. My dream is to go to Yale! I love spending time with people, but I also like my quiet time. I like sitting down and getting lost in a good book, or going alone in the mountains or woods to think. I love finding quiet places in a world that is bustling around me. I love my family! They are the most important people to me! I can't wait to be married and have a family of my own. I was home-schooled and I want to teach my own children at home. I loved that experience and I want to give my children the education my parents gave to me. I love being a citizen of the United States of America and I want to give back to my country in any way I can. I believe that the Constitution is an inspired document and I will live my life to defend it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were active members in the church. They taught me true principles and always tried to help me live a Christ-centered life. But when I was a teenager, I realized that I couldn't always rely on my parents' belief in Christ. All my parents ever taught me was to help me to prepare to be a good husband and father later in my life. In order to do that, I eventually had to develop a firm belief of my own. I began to read the Book of Mormon, but I still had questions. I didn't understand how everything fits together and sometimes I had my doubts. But I always knew that the way my parents had raised me made me happy. As I read the Book of Mormon, I began to see the good that was in it. I had prayed and God had answered my prayers, and I believed that through prayer I could gain a testimony of my own of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I felt that I had to know and so I decided to pray. As I prayed, I felt a peace come over me that I cannot fully describe. I knew in my heart that the Book of Mormon was true. Though I have still had questions, I have never questioned that witness I received. I continue to read the Book of Mormon over and over and each time I pray again. That witness I received continues to grow stronger and stronger. I know without a doubt that the Book of Mormon is true. I know Joseph Smith translated it as a prophet of God and that Christ restored His church through Joseph Smith. I have a strong testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ. I know He lives. I love Him because He loved me enough to die for me. I have felt so much peace in my life as I have tried to follow His teachings. God has answered my prayers and I know He will answer the sincere prayers of all His children.

How I live my faith

I spent two years serving as a missionary for the church in California. I was assigned to work with the Hmong people. The Hmong people immigrated to the U.S. during the Vietnam war. They lived in the mountains of northern Laos and the United States had recruited them to help fight in what is called the secret war. They worked to prevent communist Vietnamese from spreading into Laos and providing supplies to Laotion communists. The Hmong people are a very humble people. They treated me and other missionaries so well. Though we went to serve them, sometimes I felt that we were the ones who were being cared for. I loved helping the Hmong people come to believe in Christ. They weren't Christian before they came to America, and I am amazed to see how open they are to the gospel. I saw the gospel bless and change many of their lives. Since returning from my mission, I have started teaching Sunday school to the youth, ages 14-18, in my congregation. I love this calling and I love being able to help inspire youth to live the gospel more fully in their lives.