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Hi I'm Zach

I'm pretty much your typical guy, with a few (or many! ;) exceptions. I'm currently serving a mission in California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Howdy, I'm Zach! I consider myself to be a home grown Idaho farm-boy, and always will. Put me in the mountains under the stars and I'm a happy guy! A favorite nickname that I have is "Golden Pipes", because of my unique radio-style voice. I love music of most any kind, but I prefer good old country music the best. I sing deeeeep bass and absolutely can't get enough of singing. Growing up I played a lot of sports, of which running and basketball are still my favorite. However, as my life went on, I switched over to participating in the Fine Arts full time during high school, and ended up an announcer for different events (mostly sports) at my school. I participated in drama and speech programs, and I credit them with giving me a lot of my personality today. I am currently serving in the California, Riverside mission, and I am so happy to be serving the Lord. I'm not quite sure what my future will hold after I return home, but I know that it's gonna be one awesome journey! I love to hang out with my friends. We do a lot together, and I'm very thankful for all that they do for me and their examples in my life. I have one older sister, two younger brothers, and two younger sisters that I never had the chance to meet, as they were born premature, but I feel them close to me every day. My family is very supportive and I love to be around them, extended family included. I really just am a pretty blessed guy here in this big world, and I can't wait to leave my mark on it.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon practically since I was born. My parents are both strongly active and raised me in the church my whole life. I was baptized at age 8 and received the priesthood when I was 12. Despite all of that, I really wasn't sure for a while that I had a testimony of my own. I was kind of just going because I didn't want to let anyone down, or be judged for my actions, and there was definitely a time that I questioned the church and what I wanted to believe. But a few years ago, I decided it was time to show a little bit of faith, to see if this was what I really needed in my life. And the opportunity presented itself. I was able to participate in an event that was called Moroni's Quest. It was a four-day event in which we reenacted several Book of Mormon stories. We had a great time with leaders and friends. But there was one specific part that forever changed everyone's lives that were in attendance. We reenacted our Savior, Jesus Christ, coming to America after His resurrection. It was a very real experience that we all had that day. I can testify that it very much felt as if He was really there, and may I say here, with us. From that day on, I knew that our Savior lives. He died so that I could return to live with my Heavenly Father and family again. I know that the words of the Book of Mormon are true, and that they can bless the lives of everyone. I'm so grateful for this gospel and the joy it has brought to my life. There are so many miracles in my life each day that allow me to continue to grow in hope, in faith, and in this gospel. Each day I strive to become a little more converted to the Lord, and that's why I'm a Mormon, because I know that it allows me to be the best person that I can be. I have tried it and seen it working in my own life, and I encourage any and all to simply put a little bit of faith forward, as so many do, to know these same things. These feelings of joy that I and so many other's feel can be yours as well. Just try it :)

How I live my faith

The biggest way that I try and live this faith is by my example to others, and through service. I want to try my hardest to be that silent hero that everyone can rely on, and the only way I can do that is as I strive to be the person that Heavenly Father wants me to be, and as I come closer to Christ. I actively participate in trying to learn as much as I can about this gospel, so that I can bless other's lives with that knowledge and testimony. I strive to serve not only my fellow church members, but all of those who are around me. I try my hardest to show my values strong and clear, so that others can look to me as an example, and hopefully I can lead them to the happiness that I have found here in the gospel. And all along the way, my prayer will be as a Book of Mormon prophet's, whose name was Alma,: "I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy." (Alma 29:9) I hope to have more opportunities in the future to serve, not only on my mission, but during my whole life long. I feel like my purpose in living my faith comes from the call to bring others know of their Heavenly Father's love for them, and for Jesus Christ's all-empowering Atonement. Other ways that I hope I can live my faith will be to one day have a family of my own, and help teach them in the ways of the Lord. That's my end goal as I live my faith, is to bring a righteous family into this gospel. Each day is a new day to improve ourselves, and I feel that so long as I try to make each day the best that it can be, and try to be the best-self that I can be, then I feel as if I am trying my hardest to live my faith.