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Hi I'm Zachary

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, a state of the USA. The Gospel is my rock, I'm a runner, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a runner and love to bike too. I love to exercise despite having asthma. Excercise and physical hard work is something that I always have and always will love. It's because of a love of hard work that in high school I fell in love with running and it's now my favorite thing to do. Those difficulties which I have had growing up have helped me to gain my faith and to become who I am now. Just like a diamond tough situations have made me who I am. Christ knows exactly what we are going through because he has been there himself and for that I am endlessly grateful to know that I never have to be alone and neither does anyone else. I am currently on a mission in Eugene, Oregon. I love it here! Although sometimes it's difficult I take comfort in knowing the great work that I am involved in and seeing the joy that this Gospel brings into people's lives and that is truly why I am out here, to help people to find that joy that comes from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church but most of my life I have known that this Gospel is true. I have had confirmation of this by the Holy Ghost many times in my life. I could not nor will I deny the truth of which I've gained a knowledge of through mistakes, repentance, and much study. The scriptures bear record of truths revealed in ancient days which are still applicable today. Truths which help us daily in our lives. God loves each of us and wants us to be happy forever. He sent his son to die for us that we might be able to come back to him with our families forever. This I testify of in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

The church is how I really stay strong in my life. We(members of the church) try to help each other the best that we can. Christ taught that we love everyone and one of my greatest goals is to be the very best friend that I can to everyone, even those I do not personally meet. Sacrifice is not foreign to me, I do my best to be willing at a moment's notice to put away what I'm doing when the calling to serve comes.

What is faith?

Zachary
Faith is a belief in things which you can not see. Faith begins as a hope and as you do things according to your hope that faith will grow and expand and get stronger eventually bringing you to further truth. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Zachary
Jesus Christ taught that all people need to be baptized even though some people don't get a chance in this life. Our Heavenly Father is loving and merciful so he has prepared a way for this to be possible. We are given the opportunity to be baptized for those ancestors of ours who have already passed on and by so doing giving them the chance to accept that ordinance and the teachings of Christ in the next life. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Zachary
One of the great things about this church is that through revelation we know that a husband and wife and their kids can live together forever not just till death but for all eternity. If you get married in the temple and honor your marital vows and God's commandments than this promise is open to you, no one is exempt. I love this promise, it's a promise that I KNOW is truth. Although there have been times I have been scared to lose people I have been very close to I have taken great comfort in knowing that God has a plan. I may lose someone who I am very close to BUT, just like a night that is scary to a young child, it will pass. I will see my loved ones again. I am never alone nor are they. The time will come when we are re-united in the spirit world and our rejoicing will be eternal and infinite. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Zachary
The Book of Mormon is an ancient record of the inhabitants of the American continent. Just like in Jerusalem God called prophets in America. It was these prophets who wrote the Book of Mormon. God is going to help all of his children learn about the Gospel and how to return to him no matter where they live and the Book of Mormon is a testamant of that. These prophets testified to us of the great mission and atonement of Jesus Christ, the importance of baptism, the peace that the Gospel brings to our lives and many more great and eternal truths. The Book of Mormon is truly the word of God comparable but no greater or less than the Bible. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Zachary
Modesty and Chastity are connected in every way, Modesty or rather immodesty is like a gateway to the bigger sin of not obeying the law of chastity. The law of chastity in essence being not participating in sexual activity out side of the bonds of marriage, adultery, and staying away from homo-sexuality. By looking at immodest images, people, or videos it projects thoughts into your mind which are anything but pure, which drive you away from Christ and our Heavenly Father, and which dull your ability to listen to the spiritual promptings of the holy ghost. Those images stay in your mind and what is in your mind flows into your language. There is a reason our church leaders emphasize so much being modest and staying sexually pure. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Zachary
A resotration was needed to bring back truth. It is true that we still had the Bible but many people rejected Christ and his apostles when they were on the Earth and after they were killed many simple truths that Christ taught were changed. An example being how Christ went to John the Baptist to be baptized by immersion but how some churches believe in baptism by sprinkling similar methods. As consequence for this rejection of the Gospel God took the Preisthood off the Earth. The Preisthood being the power given to us by God to act in his name, the same power by which christ performed his miracles and the power we need to baptize, pass the sacrament, and give blessings. As the church was restored these bits of doctrine that were changed became clarified and the Preisthood was restored. In addition we were given a second witness of all Christ taught to work alongside the bible. Christ himself said in the new testament "Other Sheep I have which are not of this fold, them to I must teach." These "sheep" are talked about in the Book of Mormon which is a testament that God loves all of his people equally and as a result he will teach each of them all that they must do in order to return to him. The Book of Mormon and Bible are there to compliment each other as equal witnesses of God's love for us. Show more Show less