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Hi I'm Zac

I know why I'm here. I know where I'm going. I love soccer and photography, I'm a missionary, and I'm a "Mormon."

About Me

I grew up in this Latter-Day Saint (Mormon) infested land known as Thatcher. It's quite rare to grow up in a place where most of your school is LDS. Regardless of religion and contrary to popular belief, I'm just a normal person. I graduated from my high school in May of 2011, and have attended a semester of college. I've played soccer since I was a little eight year old kid. I've played in local county leagues as well as our newly formed high school team. After my high school career of two Defensive MVP awards and a senior season of being co-captain, I now mainly play soccer in my own spare time, at my own leisure. I don't expect to go pro or anything; I just love the game, and I can't wait for World Cup 2014! I also enjoy other sports, such as baseball, football, track, tennis, ultimate frisbee. To be honest, I'm not the most athletic person out there, but if it's fun and active, I'll do it. Photography has been a recent hobby of mine, but I've always been fascinated with images, logos, and graphics. My friend and I even qualified for and attended a national conference in Orlando, FL in "desktop publishing" my senior year! That was exciting, to say the least. But now I really seem to enjoy taking and especially editing photos. I really enjoy HDR landscape photography...this world is so beautiful! I hope to continue to learn the art of photography.

Why I am a Mormon

I was "born into the religion," and chose to be baptized at the age of eight, but becoming a member and being truly converted are quite different. I was truly converted and gained a testimony at the age of eighteen. For ten years I felt like I was just going through the motions, as if church was only a side hobby that I did on Sundays. That's not true conversion. True conversion is when the gospel of Jesus Christ becomes your number one priority in life. Now, that certainly doesn't mean I read my scriptures and pray from sunrise to sunset. I still have to, need to, and want to live life like anyone else, it's just that the gospel of Jesus Christ adds direction to my life helps me live my life to its fullest capacity. It teaches, strengthens, refines, and inspires me. It gives knowledge and purpose to my life. I love it! I know where I came from and where I'm going because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father loves each of us, and has provided a plan for us and our families to return to live with Him forever in happiness. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to break the bonds of physical and spiritual death. Because of His atonement and resurrection, that plan for us can be accomplished through our faith and obedience in this life. I know that this is true! I have prayed to God and found out for myself. I invite you to do the same. Believe it or not, He wants to hear from you. He can't wait to help you!

How I live my faith

I recently decided I needed to get my life in order. I realized how much my Heavenly Father has helped me and blessed me, and I decided I needed to put away my selfish desires and give back what I owe to Him. I've chosen to serve a mission! An LDS mission is traditionally what LDS young men do when they turn eighteen years old. They put their lives on hold for two years to serve the Lord by serving other people and bringing them to know their Savior, Jesus Christ. It's a sacrifice and a half for young men to put aside two years in such a critical point in our lives. We don't get paid...we actually pay several hundreds of dollars for the opportunity to serve. But it's worth it! There is no better opportunity that I can think of to grow and mature! As missionaries, we are not asking others to give up everything they have to join this church. We simply invite them to come unto Christ and add more goodness and truth to their lives. I promise that if you choose to do this, your Heavenly Father will see and praise your efforts. He will bless you and help you. Your life won't be perfect, but you will have His strength. "But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26). The truths that missionaries share will only be as cliche as you make them to be, and they will always be true!