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Hi I'm Zac

I grew up under the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. I love history, reading, and writing. I am a college student. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As I said, I grew up at the feet of the Rocky Mountains. They are amazing. I have had a lot of traveling and adventures throughout my life (though not as many as some people have had). I have traveled across the country, lived in both desert and a swamp, and I have gone from one coast of the United States to the other. If you knew me, I would be like any regular person. I love books. My dad read stories to me as a kid, and because of that, reading is one of my favorite hobbies. I enjoy good books and movies. I also enjoy history. It is really fascinating to me. I think there is a lot we can learn from the stories of the past. I believe that if we don't learn from the past we are doomed to repeat it. I am currently going to college, and having a great time. I love learning. Right now I'm majoring in History. Being someone who likes reading, movies and having fun, I have found, and believe, that seeking good, virtuous, and uplifting things in those genres (as well as in everything else in life) brings the most satisfaction and joy. There are many practices in the world that are not uplifting and make life really bleak, so I want to seek for the good that's in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I had a lot of people on my mission ask me "Why do you choose to be a Mormon?" Growing up I didn't think too much about it. I was taught to believe in God and in Jesus, and to go to church and pray. When I got older my parents encouraged me to gain a testimony. (In Mormon talk, a testimony is a belief that you have. Something you know to be true. When you share that with others, whether in a formal setting like at church, or more personally in a relaxed setting, we call that "sharing your testimony") In our church we encourage people (Non-Members and Members alike) to find out truth for themselves. Don't just take our word for it. Find out for yourself by asking God. At first I didn't see why I needed a testimony, but they kept encouraging, and so I put effort into finding out if what my parents have been teaching me was true. The Book of Mormon has a promise in it that if those who read with real intent ponder its message, and ask God in the name of Christ, if it is true, willing and ready to act on that answer, then God will answer them by the power of the Holy Ghost. As I read the Book of Mormon, I would pray, and ask God questions like, Is the Book of Mormon true? Is Jesus Christ real? Are you real? Was Joseph Smith a Prophet of God? I waited for an answer. I didn't have an angel appear to me, or a pillar of light shine on me. Nothing dramatic happened. But I felt a quiet feeling whisper, yes. For each question there was a little, yes. Those experiences didn't seem to change my life dramatically. I kept living what I was taught. But later in my life I have had wonderful experiences that have convinced me that it is true. As I read the Book of Mormon, it makes sense to me. Its words fill me with peace. At church I have felt the Spirit of God touch my heart. Prayer has taught me that Christ knows all of us perfectly. I know by revelation and the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that his gospel has been restored by a living prophet.

How I live my faith

In The Church, we don't have paid clergy, or paid anyone except for building maintenance (and sometimes we do that ourselves, too). Our pastors (we call them Bishops) and other Teachers volunteer their time to fulfill their "Callings" (you may hear your Mormon friends talk about having a Church Calling) while still having full time jobs and supporting their families. You can find out more about the dynamics of roles and callings in our church on this website. I have gained a lot of experience in The Church's youth group. We participated in Boy Scouts and in our own activities. In various activities and service projects I have learned that you can have fun helping others and working hard at doing something good. That might not sound like fun to you. It's not exactly like "fun" as we usually think of it. It's more like joy. There is a joy in serving others. One Calling that is very important in The Church is serving a Mission. At 18 or 19, young men and women can send in an application that goes to Church Headquarters. The Prophet and Twelve Apostles pray for inspiration and God tells them where he needs that missionary to serve. I had the privilege of being called to serve a mission in Southern California. For 2 years (18 months for girls) Missionaries devote their full time to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and serving others. I am grateful that God gave me an opportunity to meet and love so many different and amazing people, and try and do what Christ would do for those people if he were there. Some of my happiest moments was seeing people's change their lives to follow the Savior. I know that true happiness comes through following Jesus Christ, because it has brought me so much peace and joy as well as protection from the evils in the world. I value it more as I have seen those who don't have it or who reject the hope and the peace that I have found. I know that Jesus Christ can bring healing and peace to anyone who will come unto him. He has to me.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Zac
The Family is ordained of God. In our families we experiences our greatest joys and sometimes our deepest sorrows. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is meant to protect our families and teach us of its true value and potential to be eternal. Not all families are perfect, but we have hope in Christ, that he can help and heal us, and that eventually everything will be made up by him, through his grace, mercy, and atoning sacrifice. By living the gospel we have the opportunity to change and be more like the Savior. No matter who we are, all of us can be better. As we build our families on the teachings of the Lord, Jesus Christ, we shape and mold our character after him. We build bonds of loyalty and love to our families and to God. The powers of good and virtue become stronger, and the world is a happier place. Not perfect. But happier. One home at a time. I have seen this in my life and in the lives of others, and from personal experience, and a witness from the Holy Spirit, I know these things are true. Show more Show less

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

Zac
I served a Mission in Southern California. I loved it when we got referrals of people who sincerely wanted to know more about our message. At the Missionary Training Center, one of the things we memorize is our purpose. Here I will give you an insight on what to expect. When they come to your home they will introduce themselves as "Elder" or Sister" and their last name. They will share a message about Jesus Christ. Depending on how much time you have they can take just a few minutes or an hour. Don't be afraid to be honest to them. Tell them if you don't understand something, and ask questions (we love questions). We believe that Christ's message can help all people become better and come closer to God. They will probably ask questions to get to know you, so as to better teach to your needs and situation. And, for me, I loved getting to know people. Don't feel nervous, because they probably will be too. If you need someone to pray with or for you, they'd be happy to. If you need help finding God in your life or have questions about life and what God's plan for us is, they would be happy to answer. Now, if they don't know the answer to your question they will do their best to find it and encourage you to pray and find out for yourself. If you need help in the form of a service project, they would love to offer any help they can. Even if you don't feel like you want to get baptized or convert they will be happy to help you come closer to God in any way that you are ready for. Show more Show less