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Hi I'm Zach

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently attending Colorado Technical University working on a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of cyber-security. My hobbies include, but are not limited to, fishing, shooting, hiking, metaphysical studies, and video gaming. I've recently gotten into falconing. I'm also a Freemason and a Templar Knight. I served an LDS mission in Ohio/Kentucky and later transferred to New Mexico. I dislike and avoid confrontation, but am passionate about what I believe in. I also dislike politics, but stand with and am affiliated with the Libertarian Party.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon by good parents. That, however, is not the reason I am a member today. Growing up in the church, I never really gave it much thought. I went to church, did what my parents told me to do, and believed what I was taught. I thought I knew Christ was our Savior, God was our Father, Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was Christ's restored Church on the earth. When I was 18, I started questioning the authenticity of the Church. I decided to take the advice of an ancient prophet, Moroni (found in The Book of Mormon), as well as the advice of a modern prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley. He advised that all members continually study the scriptures and pray to our Father and find out for ourselves if The Book of Mormon is true. For the first time, I read The Book of Mormon. For the first time, I prayed with sincerity. A few days later, I was with the missionaries, teaching a lesson to someone who was interested in the church. During that meeting, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I knew without a doubt that the Church was true, that the Book of Mormon was true, and that God and Christ are real. It's a feeling that cannot be described, but must be felt for oneself. Since then, I've had many personal witnesses of the truthfulness of the Church. I also continue to gain a deeper understanding of the love of our Father, and our Savior.

How I live my faith

In short, I strive to be a genuinely good person. Obviously, I'm not perfect, and I don't always show love to everyone around me, but I do what I can to make other people feel happy. I try to live my faith mostly by example. I follow the standards and teachings of the church, as well as my own personal standards: I don't drink or smoke, I don't use foul language, and I try to be a positive influence in the world. Within the church, I do what I can to help. I used to be a Sunday school teacher for middle school age kids, and am currently a Sunday school teacher for new members of the Church. All callings being service and unpaid, I just do whatever I'm asked to do, even though sometimes I'd rather not, because it's important to me. It makes me happy to know that I'm helping to build the Kingdom of God.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Zach
The Book of Mormon was written by a prophet named Mormon, hence the name. He was not only a prophet, but also a historian who gathered writings from other prophets who lived in the Americas, and abridged them into one book. Mormon lived around 400 A.D. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Zach
God and Christ. God is our Father, He is perfect, unchanging, loving, merciful, and just. He knew we would not be perfect while on this earth, so he provided a way for us to be redeemed. Christ is our Savior. He made it possible for us to return to live with Him and God. It is His Gospel we live, and it is His Gospel that will redeem us. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Zach
Some people consider us a cult because of their lack of knowledge. They think we hold secret and obscure rituals in our Temples. This is simply not true. Temples are sacred places in which worthy people make promises to God, not unlike promises made during baptism. God's ancient people (such as the Israelites) had temples in which they worshiped God. They used blood sacrifice, which represented Christ's sacrifice. Blood sacrifices are no longer performed because Christ has already come and performed the ultimate sacrifice. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Zach
Absolutely not. Back in the time of Joseph Smith, many of the LDS men were killed through persecution. There were many widowed women who had nothing. A few of the men took on multiple wives so they could support these women. It was eventually done away with, a commandment God gave. If a member is found practicing polygamy today, they will excommunicated. Show more Show less