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Hi I'm Zachary

I am from California but have lived all over the world. I am a husband and a father. I love to run and I am a Mormon.

About Me

It is an interesting challenge to talk about one's self but here is my best shot. I enjoy many things in life. I am privileged to be married to an extraordinary woman who loves and supports me. We have an incredible son who can be likened to a firecracker of energy. I enjoy running...okay maybe I am more fanatical about running. If my day doesn't start with run the day just doesn't feel right. At one point in my life I was a competitive runner (running over 100 miles per week) and hope to get back to a that level again sometime in the future. Being a husband and a father, and providing for my family, has taken precedence over running but I am learning how to balance it all. I also enjoy playing and watching all sports. I am a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Giants, and Los Angeles Lakers. I am an Apple guy and enjoy my eco-system of Apple products. I purchased my first Apple product in 2005 and have never looked back. I am a member of the United States Air Force and feel honored to serve my country. The Air Force has been good to me and has given me the opportunity to learn and grow in a way not possible in any other organization. Since joining the Air Force I have been able to complete my Bachelor's and Master's degrees. I have also lived in Texas (two different times), California, and Florida. I have deployed to Iraq and met my wife while stationed in Texas the first time. While there is more to share whomever has read to this point is more patient than I!

Why I am a Mormon

There are many reasons why I am a Mormon. I had a tumultuous childhood dealing with abuse and bouncing around different foster homes. In spite of this adverse situation I have had a testimony of Jesus Christ from as early as I can remember. At the age of 16 I was in a particularly dark place in my life and was extremely depressed. I had a tremendous amount of anger inside stemming from my rough childhood and circumstances at the time. I got on my knees and prayed. I did not want to be angry and depressed anymore. I knew that my life was going in a very bad direction. In my moment of desperation and humility I felt as if a hand reached inside of me and healed me. From that moment on I vowed that I would dedicate my life to God and try my best to live a good life. This was the first step to my conversion and prepared me for what would happen next. I began to read the Bible every day and even lead many of the Sunday services we had at the boarding school I attended. I started to develop many questions. I wondered what was the true church the Bible talked about. I wondered what gave someone the authority to act in God's name. I also struggled with the concept of Heaven and Hell that I understood from the bible and years of going to an Evangelical church. I wondered what happened to people that never had the chance to hear about Jesus Christ. All of these questions came to a head when a good friend of mine who was Mormon started to share his faith with me. At first I was resistant. I had heard many strange things about the Mormons. My friend was persistent though and challenged me to pray to know for myself whether the Mormon church was true. Through a series of events, studying, and prayer, I came to know that it is true and my life has been changed forever. I am so grateful for my good friend that took the time to share the Gospel with me because I finally found what I had been searching for: the answers to all my questions.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others. My responsibility in the Church calls for me to to organize much of the volunteer and fellowshipping work that goes on. I do my best to encourage many of the men in the church to go two-by-two and visit all the local members of our church at least once a month. What I love about serving in the church is that it gives me an opportunity to think about others. Whereas I naturally would think mostly about myself and my own family when I serve others I tend to forget my own problems and trials. I find that I gain a better perspective of life and many of the solutions of my own problems are solved by serving others. I have also found that my capacity to love others has increased dramatically since I have taken on the responsibility to make sure the needs of others are met. I find that I am able to see others perhaps as Christ would. I am less judgmental and understanding of others' needs. I am indeed grateful for the opportunity to serve in the Church and to serve others...after all, Christ spent his entire ministry serving others and I seek to follow His example.