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Hi I'm Zach Gibbs

I play boffer (Foam-Fighting) sports, I'm an aspiring psychiatrist, a southerner, a bagpiper, a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up all around the South, so I'm pretty proud of the Southern heritage. I've lived everywhere from north to south Florida, to parts of Virgina and Louisiana. I wasn't given toys much as a kid, just video games. It was fun, but I wanted more. In high school, I did numerous clubs and sports, everything from ultimate frisbee club, chess club, World War 2 quiz bowl club, to playing football my senior year in high school. After I graduated, I played a sport called Dagorhir, which involves foam weapons. You hit each other as hard as you can, charge down a battlefield, play as a team, so yeah, it is pretty nerdy. And fun. Right now I plan on entering college after my mission and go into the long vicious schooling required to be a psychiatrist, so that's pretty fun. I'm a nerd at heart, but I love all sports, and even though I may not be the best ( Even though I tell everyone I am) , they're all fun. Right now I'm also trying to pick up the bagpipes, as I've always wanted to learn an instrument but never got around to it. Probably not the most normal instrument to play, but hey, I don't know anyone who doesn't like the pipes! (Except for those right besides the person playing said pipes) I'm also a champion at monopoly, and most board games. Like chess.

Why I am a Mormon

It's true. To suppose that Jesus Christ only loved the Jews in Jerusalem isn't conceivable to me. To suppose that when Jesus Christ ascended up that he morphed together with Heavenly Father into one person, isn't conceivable to me. That our Father, who loves us so much, would not abandon us after the Apostles passed away. I don't know much, but I do know that Joesph Smith was, and is a prophet of God. I know that, because it truly is inconceivable for him to write such a book. If you believe God answers prayers, believe he answered his. He has answered mine, and oh how grateful I am for those. His love is matchless. That's why we share what we believe we so many people, because when we know His love, when we love Him, we will do the things He wants us to do, it's natural baptism will be considered, it's natural to try pray with the intent to find out if it's true. I'm a Mormon, because, really, it makes sense.

How I live my faith

Growing up I never really went to church often. I guess you could say my parents tested the waters for several different faiths, but none to them seemed true. My mother was Catholic, and my Father was Baptist. Eventually after my parents divorce in the fifth grade we stopped going all together, and that's when I can say I had some serious trials. I've met so many different people, and had so many experiences, over time I created a sense of moral "code" for me to live by, just by seeing it destroy so many lives. Not to smoke, drink, do drugs, and materialize objects to name a few. I also grew around friends who didn't really show their true colors about their faith. Life was confusing, the purpose of life as taught by the World was confusing, that all the life was was to go to intensive schooling, have children, and hope to make it till retirement, and then life is over. Everything is down the drain. That didn't make sense to me. God gives us commandments, not to punish, or restrict us, but to truly make us free. We get "humbled" if we disobey them, regardless if you believe or not, and we get rewarded and blessed when we obey. Now, if there's any reason, if there's any motive to keep doing the right thing, is that God loves us. He wants us to achieve our potential. And I love Him. I love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and there is nothing else that matters to me than that relationship, second being my family.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Zach Gibbs
I'd suppose you could call any gathering of people with ideals a "cult". The mission, the purpose of Jesus Christ and the Church is to bring us closer to Christ, and to each other. There's no secrets, simply sacred things. Anyone can join the Church, anyone can read the book of Mormon or read church literature, anyone can listen to General Conference, anyone can enter the Temple during an open house ( Since ordinances are going on normally). By living by the restored gospel revealed to Joesph Smith, which is contained in the book of Mormon, he testified we could get closer to Christ and God than any other book. Show more Show less