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Hi I'm Zack

I'm a bow tie and suspenders kind of guy, I plan to be on Forbes magazine, travel the world, dominate a few marathons; I'm Mormon!

About Me

I'm am crazy weird; folks that know me would second that! I LOVE rock climbing, running, boating, camping, football, volleyball, sitting around a fire, and really anything of the sort! Occasionally I have been caught holed up in a good book, but generally I would rather be outside having crazy adventures with my friends and family. Being the oldest of four, I was forced to learn all about 'responsibility.' Even though I hated being the 'responsible' one at the time, I couldn't be more grateful for it; it has shaped who I am today and has helped me learn to take the lead when somebodys gotta step up and lead. Another plus about being the oldest, its kinda your job to torment and embarrass your little brothers and sisters; a favorite past time! Traveling the world has always been a dream of mine; backpacking through Europe, climbing Machu Picchu, exploring the ruins of ancient Greece and Rome, and so much more! I figure if I am going to travel the world anyway, one of the best ways to do it is as a humanitarian. I can't wait for the day that I can be in Africa, Thailand, Peru, wherever, and help lift the burdens of a brother or sister in need. I can't think of many things much more rewarding than that! Another couple things I WILL do before I die; skydiving, run a marathon, got to the Iron Bowl (#rolltide), go to the summer Olympics, go parceling, snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, watch the Packers trample the Patriots (LIVE BABY!), and wherever else my little heart takes me!

Why I am a Mormon

Although born and raised Mormon, it wasn't for many years until I began to seek for the same answers that drove Joseph Smith to the Sacred Grove to pray & ask. As I searched the scriptures, prayed in earnest, and asked for guidance I found my answer through the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I knew then and now that he truly saw the Father & the Son in all their glory and was an essential tool in restoring the truth & priesthood on the Earth today. My conversion did not come by concourses of angels, but the simple fire that burned in my heart, my very soul, of its truth. I know that Heavenly Father loves us and has set up a plan for us to live with Him again; Jesus Christ is at the core of that plan. It is through His sacrifice that its possible. W/out the gift to repent & restore our spirits to be whole even following the commandments could not alone save us. I know that we can be w/ our loved ones again; I have often felt my grandma's spirit as I have struggled through trials & even when I have danced through some of life's joys as I work toward the final goal; eternal life w/ my family and my God. I have sought out the truth on my own and can't deny what I know in my heart. My testimony & foundation of the truth didn't come suddenly or all at once. It came little by little & step by step as I have progressed into life and have sought answers. Dont be discouraged if you do not immediately know of a surety the blessing & truth the gospel brings; few people do.

How I live my faith

When your a Mormon, there are all kinds of things you can do to live your faith; believe me! Perhaps the most rewarding thing I have done that has not just shown but increased my faith is serve a two year mission in BAMA (that's Alabama, y'all!). Blessings that have poured out from those two years in the South are undeniable, indescribable, and alwasy right on time. Miracle after miracle tells me that, although we are imperfect and flawed, the Lord trusts and blesses His children when we trust in Him. Another thing that I learned as a missionary is that the Lord doesn't NEED us to accomplish His purposes, but He WANTS us to be a part of His works because he knows how much it helps us grow and learn. When we do finally choose to forget ourselves, lose ourselves in His work, and turn the arrows pointing in at ourselves out to focus on others, the love we feel is indescirable and unimaginable! Its crazy, but once you feel that love in your heart, it doesn't stop. Its not a feeling you get and keep, its a sensation that moves you to carry that love forward and share it with others. There isn't much that invokes more awe in me than when I can feel the love I KNOW the Savior has for me move me to act and serve another, enabling them to feel that same great love for themselves. It isn't always the easiest thing to act selflessly and let that love flow, but when we do its easy to know that the Lord is working with us in His vineyard; He never stops working, even if we take a break.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Zack
There are three truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ that can't all be true without the blessing we have to participate in proxy baptisms in behalf of those who have passed on. They are; God is our loving Father and wants all of His children to return and live with him again, Jesus Christ is the only name given that (if we follow Him) we can receive salvation, and billions of people have lived and died without ever even hearing the name of Christ. These are undeniable truths that, if we don't take in consideration the ability to do proxy work for the dead, we would be forced to conclude that billions of good people will be damned simply for not knowing the name of Jesus; this is not true. Proxy work for the dead doesn't take away from a person's free agency, it simply allows those who have passed and are now being taught the docterines of Christ's church on the other side to accept the ordinances that he has commanded all to take part of in this life. 1 Corinthians 15:29 says; "else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?" This is why it is so important to do work for the dead; because all will rise and take up the grave when Christ comes again. This life isn't the end, its the beginning of something even greater and we believe that all of God's children deserve to have a part of it; and the best way to give them that chance is through these sacred ordinances performed by proxy in our temples. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Zack
Grace is one of the key points of the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; without grace, we could not be saved. However, there are many misconceptions about what grace really is. Grace is not a one-way ticket into heaven. In other words, I can not simply claim to believe in Jesus Christ and be saved by the merits of His grace without putting in the effort that God requires of me to be worthy of that grace. 1 Nephi 15:34 states; "there cannot any unclean thing enter into the kingdom of God." Simply believing in Christ does not make me, or anyone else, clean. We all sin and make mistakes, making us unclean. Matthew 7:21 declares; "not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." This denotes the truth that we are only saved by grace if, and only if, we do the will of the Father; or in other words, obey His commandments. 2 Nephi 25:23 supports the words of Matthew; "we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." The prophets and apostles of old, in both the Holy Bible & the Book of Mormon, are in concordance with one another. If we truly believe the scriptures to be the word of God, we must then also accept that we have been taught to both have faith in Christ and obey his will. Only then are we saved by His grace. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Zack
Does a bear poop in the woods? is the Pope Catholic? YES! We are Christian! Ask yourself; what does being a "Christian" mean? Being a Christian means that you are a believer in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and you strive to live like He would want us to live every day, plain and simple. You might have heard us called "Mormons" before, rather than Christians. Funny story; Mormon is a nickname that people identify us folks as because of our belief in the Book of Mormon-- our "official" name is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... The Church of JESUS CHRIST, huh? Sounds pretty Christian if you ask me! In the Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 25:26, it says; "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." If you look at the cover of the Book of Mormon, it claims the book to be "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." Us Mormons love Jesus Christ, we try and follow Him in all that we do, and you can rest assured that we sure are Christians (and proud to be called such!). Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Zack
We most definitely do not worship the prophet, Joseph Smith, or any other prophet for that matter. The man Joseph Smith was nothing more than a humble servant of the Lord who had been called to lead and teach the Lord's children in His ways. The office of prophets is not a strange or new notion to Christianity; anyone who has read the Bible can attest to the fact that God calls men to be His prophets over and over again throughout history. Lets take the prophet Moses for example. Did the Jews worship Moses? Did they revere him over God? Did Moses ever try and take God's glory for himself? Was the Law of Moses written by Moses, or was it given to him by the power and authority of God? The answer to all these questions but the last is no. The Jews acknowledged Moses as a prophet; they respected him and revered him as an instrument in God's hands, just as the saints respect Joseph Smith today. Hebrews 13:8 says; "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever." If we take this scripture as fact, we can conclude that because God remains the same and called men like Moses to be prophets in the past (yesterday) then He would also call prophets like Joseph Smith today, and will continue to call prophets forever. Amos 3:7 gives affirmation, "surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." Moses was given authority to receive the secrets of the Lord for guidence. So was Joseph Smith; along with our current prophet today. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Zack
Yes, yes I do; and why not?! Hebrews 13:8 gives us knowledge of a key characteristic of Christ; "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Throughout all of biblical history, God has called prophets; Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Elijah, and others. If our God truly stands the same yesterday, today, and forever, then why would he cease calling prophets? If so, He would cease to be a God of miracles. Mormon 9:7-10 illuminates this principle; "And again I speak unto you who deny the revelations of God, and say that they are done away, that there are no revelations, nor prophecies, nor gifts, nor healing, nor speaking with tongues, and the interpretation of tongues; Behold I say unto you, he that denieth these things knoweth not the gospel of Christ; yea, he has not read the scriptures; if so, he does not understand them. For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing? And now, if ye have imagined up unto yourselves a god who doth vary, and in whom there is shadow of changing, then have ye imagined up unto yourselves a god who is not a God of miracles." God doesn't change. Likewise, the necessity for God's children to have a prophet does not change. We live in dark and confusing times, and we have been blessed with a man called of God, a living prophet, to lead and guide us on the paths our Savior would have us follow; great is God's love for His children! Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Zack
God is not a partial God, meaning that He favors no child over another and loves all equally. In 2 Nephi 26:33 we read; "...he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile." Likewise, it is part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's belief that "every faithful, worthy man in the Church may receive the holy priesthood, with power to exercise its divine authority, and enjoy with his loved ones every blessing that flows therefrom, including the blessings of the temple (Doctrine & Covenants, Official Declaration #2)." EVERY faithful, worthy man; not every white man alone, not every black man alone, or mexican, greek, arab, etc. alone, but EVERY faithful and worthy man in the Church. Realistically, the only factors that would restrict any person from joining the Church or any man from receiving the priesthood would be a personal lack of faithfulness and worthiness. While God may not be a partial God, he still requires His children to keep his commandments; meaning we must adhere to the teachings of Jesus in every thought, action, word, and deed to the best of our capacity. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Zack
Well, having been a missionary myself, I can honestly say that the only thing that the missionaries are going to talk about is Jesus Christ and His Atonement, His Plan, and His way to return and live with Him and our Father in Heaven again. True doctrines of salvation, love, and family are taught in homes around they world by young men and women (missionaries) who sincerely love those who they teach. We love you! We want all of God's children to have the blessings and happiness that His plan and gospel truths has brought each of us. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Zack
Psalms 27:1 proclaims; "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" When I think of light, it is something that reveals truth. When in a dark room, the only thing that can give knowledge of what is there is light; without the light exposing the corners of the room, we stumble in the darkness without a guide to warn us of the dangers lurking in our paths... we may even be trapped for a time. We have a light to follow; we don't have to fear the dark, for the warmth and guidance of that glow will lead us on; the light is the Lord, Jesus Christ. Jesus illuminated His own role as a light unto the world in John 8:12, saying; "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has provided the light that can lead us out of the darkness and into the kingdom of God; what a blessing! 2 Nephi 31:21 reads; "And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God." He is the ONLY way given under heaven that we can receive these blessings, therefore, He is the one in whom we should have unwavering faith and the one who brings us closer to our Father. God the Father and Jesus Christ won't leave us comfortless when we put our trust in them. John 14:18 promises, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Zack
The introduction of the Book of Mormon begins claiming that "[it] is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel." It continues on to add that "the book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation." Just as the Bible was written by many ancient prophets, namely Moses, Isaiah, John the Revelator, etc, the Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets such as Nephi, Alma, Ether, Mormon, Moroni etc. God has called men from the beginning of time to receive revelation and guide His children; we have evidence in the Bible of His dealings in Israel... but if we are truly all God's children and He loves each of us, why would he lead a portion of His people and leave another in darkness? He would not do it. He would become a partial God if He were to do so, and He has never, and will never, be a partial God. Just as He called these men to bring truth to the people of Israel, He also brought those same truths to another portion of His children through prophets in the ancient Americas. In John 10:16, Jesus gave evidence of another people under Him saying; "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." The people in ancient America fell among the sheep He spoke of, and the Book of Mormon came forth from them. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Zack
Mormons are not required to serve missions, although all able-bodied young men are encouraged to go on a mission. Young men may be numbered among those who are encouraged to serve, but they are not the only Mormons that provide their services and volunteer to go on missions; many young women and retired senior couples also take up the call to leave their homes and spread the truths about Jesus Christ and His love for us. Missionaries generally serve from 18 months to 2 years and are not paid for their work, nor would they want to be paid! The reason Mormons go on missionaries is to bring all of God's children the blessings, happiness, and peace the truths of the gospel will bring into the lives any that seek after it. It is not only a duty, but a privilege to share the gospel with all through love and tender care; love is the key for why Mormons serve missions. We have found peace, comfort, hope, and new life in the doctrines of Christ which we proclaim; we only wish for all to have those same comforts in their lives. Jesus, himself, gave such counsel to His disciples in Matthew 28:19:20, saying; "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." We believe that by serving missions, we are answering this call and bringing the blessings of heaven to our fellow men. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Zack
I am sure you have heard the term "Sunday best" before, and that is just how members typically dress for church. However, I find that the real key to know what to wear to a Mormon church when you come for our services is to dress yourself in the best possible clothes you have available. If you don't own a pair of slacks but have a nice pair of jeans, go for it! Really, the reason we try and look dapper for church is because we love and respect God and try to give Him the best we have to offer; if the best you have to offer is a pair of tennis shoes, jeans, and a t-shirt, wear it! God knows the intents of our hearts and will be pleased when you give your all. No one should turn you away for your appearance; if they do, the condemnation is on them- not you. Holidays? Yep, you best believe I am celebrating my Birthday! Is there anything better than a day centered around me?! But really, as far as holidays and celebrations, we aren't stingy! Christmas and Easter are both times to reflect on the life and love of Christ, as well as spend time with family. I really think that is the main focus of holidays for us; family. Mormons have strong beliefs about the unity and divine nature of a family, and so time spent with the family is a blessing that occurs frequently. Whether it's Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Halloween or any other holiday- we take advantage of any time that we can steal away to celebrate and have fun with our families and friends. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Zack
Let's consider this for a moment; what is the REAL name of the Mormon church? It's the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Keeping this in mind, lets ask ourselves another question; what is the Bible? Its a record, kept by prophets called of God, that truly testifies that Jesus is the Christ. Now that we have these two truths defined, do Mormons regard the Bible as the word of God? YES! We have take upon ourselves the name of Christ, meaning we try and live as He would have us live, not only when we are baptized but to identify ourselves as members of His church. How could we rightfully say the we believe in Jesus Christ without holding the Bible, an old and new testament of Him, as holy scripture? That aside, we also believe in the truths contained in the Book of Mormon; another record of holy scripture kept by ancient prophets. But we do not hold one book over the other. In fact, without using them both together the doctrines of this true church would be unstable. As a missionary in the belt buckle of the Bible belt, I grew a great appreciation for the plain and simple truths found within the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I have found great peace by using both records together in unity; my testimony has grown astronomically just by seeing how much they really support each other by the truths found within. It shows me how much my God really loves me; He didn't want me to be lost, so He provided a means for me to know how to follow Him-- the Bible and Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Zack
Have you ever done something kind for someone and felt good? Have you ever prayed and felt peace and comfort? Those warm feelings of peace, comfort, and love are how you can know if Mormonism is true. God has not left us friendless; He constantly lets us know right from wrong, of truth, and gives us direction through the influence of the Holy Spirit. James 1:5 says; "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." James invites all to ask of God, without wavering, the desires of our heart and, in turn, he promises that an answer will be given to us. Mark 11:24 reads; "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." We must also BELIEVE that the Lord will answer our prayers, and He will; we must have faith. All of us have to find truth for ourselves with the guidance of God; even Peter had to inquire of the Lord through prayer as we read in Matthew 16:15-17. When Jesus asked Peter who he thought He was, Peter answered that Jesus was indeed "the Christ, the Son of the living God." In reply, our Savior answered; "Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." Just as Peter knew Jesus as the Christ through prayer unto the Father, we too can know the truth of all things when we pray in faith. Your Father in Heaven loves you, and He wants to answer you. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Zack
The Church does not endorse or support any one political party or candidate. That being said, we are encouraged to become politically aware and active in our community and in our nation; the United States of America was established as a nation under God, He has given us this great country as safe haven to practice freedoms such as religion, speech, choice, and so much more! How inconsiderate would we be to God and the people who sacrificed, and still sacrifice, so much for this nation to NOT become more politically aware and informed so that we can vote to protect those freedoms? There are Democratic/Liberal and Republican/Conservative Mormons across the entire nation. When it comes down to it, party doesn't matter; there are many gospel principles found within the platforms of all major political parties. We are advised to vote according to our own will and pleasure, and strive to vote for principles that are in concordance with the commandments and instruction of God. The only time the Church would involve itself with politics is when issues that threaten religious freedom are presented or when moral principles are under attack; i.e. Santaria, homosexual relationships, abortion, etc. That being said, the decision is still up to us on and individual level. Agency is a God given gift and is considered precious to Mormons. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Zack
The secular definition of testimony; a declaration of truth or fact. When we add a spiritual sensitivity to the word, it is literally a witness or knowledge of truth(s) that has been revealed to an individual by the power of the Holy Ghost. For example; "I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer, I know that it is only by and through Him that we can be saved and live with our Father in Heaven again, and I know that both Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father love me dearly..." is a basic, but powerful, testimony of mine. I am sure many of you can relate to these feelings. You and I may not have actually SEEN the Lamb of God in the flesh, but we still can KNOW and TESTIFY that He is very present in our lives. In many cases, a testimony is an example of a true experiment of faith. Hebrews 11:1 says; "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." When that faith is spoken, is it not a testimony? In Matthew 16:13-17, we read of the apostle Peter's testimony of the Messiah when he was asked by the Lord; "But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." There were many in that day who didn't know the divinity of Jesus, but Peter knew because of a witness received through prayer and the Holy Spirit; we can know likewise. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Zack
Mormon lifestyle, huh? Well I am just going to pull out a day from the life of the spectacular me ;) I wake up at around 6:30 every morning and grumble at the world until I REALLY wake up around 1:00 pm, get ready for the day and out the door for morning college classes. After that I usually come home and get some homework done, take a short nap, and proceed to engage myself in an adventure or two with my friends before I turn in. Church on Sunday morning and striving to study my Bible and Book of Mormon daily (occasionally failing miserably) are pretty much a regular routine. I know what your thinking; Mormon's are weird, right?! How could you possibly relate with any of them?! I'm only playing with ya; the truth is Mormons are normal people just like you! We do stuff like boating, rock climbing, go to school, hold a job, tinker around on Facebook, we even celebrate holidays; let me tell ya, we Mormons know how to party! Especially because we can manage to have a bangarang time without getting drunk; the upside to that, we have the luxury of remembering all of the shenanigans we got ourselves into the night before! And why is that? Because we are in control of ourselves, not any kind of substance. In conclusion, Mormon lifestyle is pretty excitingly normal. A quick word of advice; if you DO hear something that sounds a wee bit eccentric about Mormons, ask one of them yourself! Chances are it isn't true... disappointing, I know! We aren't as crazy as some make us out to be ;) Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Zack
First and foremost, I think there is A LOT of misconceptions about the what the word "cult" actually means; so I looked it up. The vast majority of the definitions I found are not only non-threatening but also make a cult seem like something to be sought after; my favorite explanation of the word is this: a group or sect bound together by veneration (or a feeling of awe or respect) of the same thing, person, ideal, etc. So lets pick this apart; "a group of people [Mormons] who are bound together by a veneration of the same thing [the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and a modern-day prophet], person [God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ], ideal [the 10 Commandments and general good morals], etc... Hmm sounds like a cult doesn't it, the best kind of cult; one under the precepts and fellowship of God the Almighty, the King of creation. Although the term cult doesn't mean anything harmful, it seems to have a negative connotation in today's society. There are those who try and discredit the Church by categorizing us as a cult, but these accusations are simply made with a lack of understanding and are meant to scare people. As I have before stated; we are a people that believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world whom we love and worship. When people come to this understanding, the negativity that surrounds the term cult slips away with the realization that Mormons believe, act, and behave much the same as other Christian people. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Zack
In John 5:39, Jesus gives us direction; "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." We may not receive eternal life by the scriptures, but in them we can find that very life because they will help show us the paths that our God would have us walk. Through the scriptures, we come to better know our Savior's will and love for us. The scriptures help us find that life that the Christ indicates, for "this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent" (John 17:3). In the Book of Mormon we learn that Jesus Christ "is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God" (2 Nephi 31:21). We are also directed in the Book of Mormon by the great prophet Nephi to "feast upon the cwords of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will dtell you all things what ye should do" (2 Nephi 32:3). By feasting upon the words of the holy scriptures we learn to trust God, to follow Him, and to make place for His divine influence more effectively in our lives; we learn to follow the words written in Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Zack
Have you ever asked youself, "why are there SO many churches?" Or "which church is true?" You're not alone. I have. So did a young boy named Joseph Smith in 1820. In the 1800's there was much religious excitment and many churches claimed to follow Christ under the direction of the Bible, however, they all had very different ideas of how to follow Him. Confused and wanting nothing more than to do the will of God, Joseph Smith turned to the Bible himself searching for guidence; he found it. In James 1:5; "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." Knowing that he was lacking in wisdom and looking for an answer, Joseph followed the instruction of James asked God. In answer to his prayer, Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him. Joseph wrote: “When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” Joseph was told to join none of the churches that existed at that time as the priesthood authority and Church as Jesus Christ had organized it when He was on the earth had been lost over the centuries. I don't expect you to believe these words blindly; its a fantastic claim! Instead I invite you to follow James' promise yourself and ask God if these things are true. I have; I testify that they are. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Zack
Elder Craig Christensen described it as this; "The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead, and, as such, like God the Father and Jesus Christ, He knows our thoughts and the intents of our hearts. The Holy Ghost loves us and wants us to be happy. Since He knows the challenges we will face, He can guide us and teach us all things we must do to return and live with our Heavenly Father once again." As a member of the Godhead, the Holy Ghost has a mission to bear witness of God the Father and of His Son, Jesus Christ and to teach us the truth of all things. The Holy Ghost is able to accomplish this mission because he does not have a body of flesh and bone, as does the Father and the Son. He is a person of spirit; if it were not so, he could not dwell in us to reveal truth, comfort us, or sanctify us. The Holy Ghost is manifested to men on the earth both as the power of the Holy Ghost and as the gift of the Holy Ghost. The power can come upon one before baptism, and is the convincing witness that the gospel is true. It gives one a testimony of Jesus Christ and of his work and the work of his servants upon the earth. The gift can come only after proper and authorized baptism, and is conferred by the laying on of hands, as in Acts 8:12-25. The gift of the Holy Ghost is the right to have, if living worthy, the companionship of the Holy Ghost. More powerful than that which is available before baptism, it acts as a cleansing agent to purify a person and sanctify him from all sin. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Zack
John 3:5; "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Often times I have heard baptism described as a rebirth; and it is that rebirth that Jesus refers to. In concordance with a rebirth by water, we are also to be born of the spirit; this is the gift of the Holy Ghost, a holy ordinance and gift given to members of our church shortly after baptism. John the Baptist gave his own testimony of this truth in Matt. 3:11, saying; I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire." Matthew's account of Christ's baptism reiterates the necessity of the ordinance; "Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him." (Matt. 3:13-15; 13) Baptism was even required of the only perfect Son of the Father to fulfill all righteousness. A Book of Mormon prophet also gave counsel on the necessity of baptism in 2 Nephi 31:5; "And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water!" Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Zack
It's divine and unadulterated truth. No other explanation can be more satisfactory. If it were not so, God would not allow it to exist; He would wipe it from His presence-- He does not, because it is His word. We read in Acts 5:34-39, a respectable Pharisee defends the lives of both Peter and John because of this very concept; "Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God." Gamaliel had seen and testified that the works of men, if unrighteous, would be confounded while the works of God would go forth and could not be overthrown. The fruits of this church are both good and of God; that is why it has had such growth. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Zack
The Word of Wisdom is the method in which God has designed for His children to follow for better health, both physically and spiritually. From the beginning of time, God has given His children direction similar to today's Word of Wisdom in order to help them keep their bodies pure and clean. In the Old Testament within chapter one of the Book of Daniel we read an account of David, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. As the story goes, these four faithful young children of Judah showed great diligence in only partaking of healthy substances, water and pulse, rather than the king's prescribed meat and wine. Because they had been faithful to the Lord's law of health and did not defile their bodies, "God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom (Daniel 1:17)." The Word of Wisdom is this law again restored by God through modern day prophets. It gives us guidance on how to keep our bodies healthy and well by eating good foods and exercising regularly. In addition to keeping our bodies healthy by eating well and exercising, we have also been directed that we are not to partake of tobacco products, alcohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. Some say that this way of life is simply taking things to an unnecessary extreme, but I and other Mormons feel otherwise. I have both followed the Word of Wisdom and rejected it at times in my life; I can promise you that I feel much better when I heed its precepts. God ALWAYS blesses us for obedience, and I have seen those blessings. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Zack
Lucky for you, you are already in the perfect place to get started trying to find someone you can talk to face to face. On this same website, mormon.org, there is a tab at the top of the home page that says "Request a Visit." If ya click on it, it will take you a page that will say "Meet with the Missionaries." On that same page you can fill out some of your basic information, and request a visit for the Mormon missionaries to come see you; they will be there to help you, will do their best to answer all your questions about Mormonism, and will be your friend. And the best part, you don't even have to worry about a price! Free of all charge! You see, we see it as our duty to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and His great love and sacrifice for us; we believe that it should be free and available to all. If you are worried or concerned about what the implications are of inviting two young Mormon missionaries to your home, the same page that you can submit a request for a visit on gives information about what to expect from a missionary visit and what missionaries do. In any case, the best place to learn about Mormons is straight at the source; meaning sources like this website, also lds.org, any Mormon friends you may have, and the Mormon missionaries! Soooo if you really are interested, don't hesitate to ask-- it very well could be that blessing or answer to an unanswered prayer your have been searching for. Even if a little hesitant, always pray and ask God for guidance. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Zack
Lets step back and think about this simply for a moment; do you honestly believe that ANYTHING Jesus Christ did while he was on the Earth was meant to be "temporary?" That isn't how He works; temporary is not in the plan. Everything taught and promised by our Savior is laced with eternal principles. Is it any wonder that we find the promise in the Bible that if we keep His commandments we should have "eternal life?" Jesus' life was full of the eternal and the spiritual, it compounded everything he did and said. Keeping that in mind, we also read Ephesians 4:11-14 that "He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive." Jesus Christ set up the organization of His church for the "perfecting of the saints," or in other words to keep all of us imperfect children on track; He knew that we would be confused and lost, so He set up an organization, under prophets and apostles, so that we wouldn't have to be. He truly is "the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (Hebrews 13:8). Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Zack
Whether your a Mormon or not, we believe and I know that we are ALL children of God. Mormon, Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Rastafarian, Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, Hindu; nothing changes the fact that every single one of us are our Heavenly Father's pride and joy-- we are His children. So no, Mormons do not only help Mormons because we believe in following the principle that Jesus taught when he said; "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another (John 13:34)." We have been commanded to love one another as our Savior loves us as described in John 15:13; "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Mormons all over the world have answered the call to love our neighbor; victims of natural disasters, those without food and shelter, the widows and single parent homes, the sick and afflicted, and many others of all faiths (or lack of faith) in dire circumstances have been blessed by the relief efforts established by the church to help those in need. There are over 55,000 (and counting) missionaries in the world that are a huge part of these efforts; nearly 10,000 of that number are strictly service missionaries and those numbers don't include the tens of thousands of members that have and do participate in the Mormon Helping Hands groups around the world. The Mormon people are a people who are aware and care for their fellow men; we do all we can to bless the lowly in heart. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Zack
Starting in John 21:15, we read a conversation between the Savior and Peter as they feasted on a great harvest of fish they had obtained; "So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs." In laymen's terms, I imagine the conversation went something like this; Jesus: "Peter, do you love me? Even more than this bountiful feast we have here?" Peter: "Of course Lord! You know I love you! Jesus: "Good. Please, Peter, take care of my Father's children after I ascend to the Heavens." This is one of my favorite Bible stories because there are so many lessons that can be learned from it-- one of which is that the things of the world were not of any significance to Peter when compared to the things of the spirit. When asked if he loved his Redeemer more than those earthly possessions he has obtained, he vehemently declared his reverence for God over his desire for earthly objects. Peter later states in accordance to his previously made declaration to the Christ, "Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind (1 Peter 5:2)." This is why we have no paid clergy, because we have been directed by a biblical apostle of the Lord to seek to feed the flock of God willingly and freely, abstaining from the corruption of seeking "filthy lucre." Show more Show less