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Hi I'm Zach

I'm a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at Brigham Young University (Provo) and my undergraduate major is Political Science. I'm hoping to attend a law school after I graduate. I was born in Mesa, Arizona but lived in Red Wing, Minnesota throughout my teenage years with my parents. I have two older brothers and one older sister who are all married and have beautiful kids! I love to play guitar and sing. I was in a band in high school and we wrote a few songs but mostly covered songs that we liked. I like to record things and play music with friends. I love to write. I've written poems, short stories, songs, and have started books (the key word there is started). Along with writing I love to read, discuss and debate great works of literature as well as philosophy. I love getting to know about other people whether it be their culture, beliefs, philosophies, lifestyle, etc. I am currently a missionary for the LDS (Mormon) church serving in Hong Kong. My decision to serve a mission was the biggest decision I've made so far in my life, and I'll cover why I chose to in the next section.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both have deep roots in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I, like many others, had to come to grips with this fact and decide if I wanted to follow in my parents traditions in the church or if I did not actually believe the church was true. When I was young (before my teen years) I went to church out of respect for my parents. I could see that they were trying to be good people and that was enough for me to go to church as a young person. As I grew up though I began to wonder if my time spent in church would be better spent somewhere else. My parents had always told me that the most important thing is to be the best person you can be and to be a moral and righteous person. I've never doubted that fact, but I always seemed to ask the question why I need an organized religion to be a moral person. I took the challenge of the presiding prophet of reading the Book of Mormon fully. I did this and also prayed about what I read. I felt a quiet yet definitive power, which was the Holy Ghost, testify that what I had read was right and true. At that time I also received the answer that I could not be the best and most moral person possible without the guidance of this gospel. I know that this book is for you. The truths it teaches are the reason I am serving a mission, to bring it to a few fellow Children of God. God loves you. He will speak to you through this book.

How I live my faith

As a college student, I have found a lot of my time being stolen by my secular studies. But I have found that I'm happiest when I'm living my faith. In my church on Sundays sometimes I bless the sacrament (bread and water representing Jesus Christ) or pass it out to the other members of the church. I am in college so my ward consists of young adults in college. Because of this many are away from their families, so in our particular church we are grouped into "families" where we spend Monday Nights together doing fun activities as well as spiritual ones. We also look out for each other in case anybody is struggling with anything in particular or just needs a friend to talk to. I am a leader of this family and I plan out the activities we do on Monday Nights.