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Hi I'm Zeke

I'm a Californian and a Kentuckian. I'm a husband, father, son, and brother. I'm a Middle School Teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the whole world, Juliana and we have 9 kids with number 10 on the way. I'm a Registered Dietitian with 2 Master's Degrees. Currently, I teach Science to Middle School kids and love the challenges and rewards that come with that job. I love to work in the yard and complete projects out of wood. I love to play sports. I played 4 years of Varsity Golf in High School. Lately I spend my time finishing up our house and taking care of 20-30 chickens. Mostly, I'm just a simple person who wants to learn something new every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon, and about the time I was a teenager I had to decide for myself if this was really the true Church. I'm very curious by nature and always tried to look deeper into the principles of the Gospel. I realized after much prayer and thought that this Church really is God's true Church on the Earth. It doesn't make sense to me that he would leave the world in so much confusion. I never made sense to me that we just had to chalk everything up as a "mystery" and go about my life not really sure of what was to come. I wanted to know why I was here on Earth and where I was going after I died. I wanted to know why we spend our lives helping others. I got all these answers and so much more as I have studied the gospel of Jesus Christ through the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I have come to know that the words of Moroni are true, when he said "if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." To have real intent means that you pray to God wanting to know the answer - being fully committed in your mind and heart to follow through with whatever he would ask you to do. If you are not committed to find AND LIVE the truth, you will never know it's true. I know that all churches have some good in them. I know that all people struggle. While the members in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are not perfect, the Church is the ONLY Church that contains the Power and Authority from God to lead the work on the Earth in preparation for the return of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I love being a part of this work.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each and every day by doing many small and simple things. My wife and I say prayers together and as a family. We read from the scriptures as a family. We teach our kids to say nice things to each other and to people they meet and see. We find ways to serve other people without expecting anything in return. Our theme for our family is to be the first person to do the right thing. In Church, I am responsible for the Spiritual and Temporal Welfare of about 100 men. I work hard to find ways to serve these individuals and to ask the other members I attend church with to find ways to serve. I teach lessons on Gospel topics and about Morals. As a school teacher, I'm not allowed to openly proselyte to my students, but I've come to realize that many of the teachings of Jesus Christ are ingrained in basic morals of society. I don't teach them about the scriptures, but I teach them to speak nicely to each other or to tell their parents they love them. This is how the Gospel is preached in schools. I live my faith by serving others and being nice and kind. I don't spend all day every day doing this. I get a few minutes here and there where I have free time and I use that to try and bless others lives. It's not about helping old ladies cross the street 24 hours a day, it's about helping 1 old lady cross the street instead of helping no one. I live my faith quietly and with a smile. I live my faith by lifting up those who are down trodden.