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Hi I'm Zachary K

I'm a missionary, a photographer, a disciple of Christ, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an easygoing, under-the-radar kind of guy. I love hanging out with my family, photographing friends and beautiful vistas, racing go-karts with my brother, playing video games, and improving my skills with guitar and piano. I've been a member of the Church all my life and wouldn't trade that for anything. I am currently serving in the Canada Edmonton Mission, which covers most of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, and I love each and every day of my missionary service! Even though it can be difficult, I still am joyful because there is absolutely nothing as satisfying, fulfilling, and challenging as missionary service, and every sacrifice I had to make as I grew older was worth it to be able to serve my full time mission right now.

Why I am a Mormon

When I turned eight years old, the age when you are allowed to make the choice to be baptized, I actually did not want to be baptized right away. I was not ready because I had not personally received my answer that I should be baptized yet. After much prayer and guidance from my parents and missionaries, I made the choice to be baptized sixth months after my eighth birthday. I know that I made the right decision and that I am a member of Christ's only restored and true church. So why am I a Mormon? I am a Mormon because I know that my Father in Heaven has told me, through the Holy Ghost, that this is Christ's restored church, that the Book of Mormon is true and was translated by Joseph Smith, and that the priesthood authority that existed in ancient times is again here on this earth and resides in, and is used by, the worthy males of this church. I am a Mormon because I know that there is no better way to live my life. The commandments that God has given are guard-rails, not fences. They keep me free and clean from the things of this world that are not good, and the Holy Ghost is able to guide me whenever I am unsure of how to make the right choice. I am a Mormon because I love my Savior and my Father in Heaven. I am grateful for all that They have done for me, and I show that love by serving them as a missionary and by being obedient. I am a Mormon because I love my family, and I want to live with them forever, and through Christ's restored church, we can all have that.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to follow the commandments and apply the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. As I said before, I'm currently serving as a full-time missionary, but in the past I have served as a Sunday School teacher, a scout master, and ward bulletin leader. It wasn't always easy, but I do my best to do my callings to the best of my ability whenever I receive them. No task is insignificant or unimportant in the Church. I basically just do what I know is right and make sure I pray for guidance and follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost in my day to day life. One of the tests of life is learning to walk by faith, and for someone who loves hard facts and physical evidence as much as I do, it's not always been easy. However, I know that my faith has grown substantially, especially since I've been on my mission, and I *know* that our Father in Heaven watches over each and every one of us, and that if we seek His guidance through the Holy Ghost with the intent of following that guidance, we can find inner peace, direction, and purpose in our lives.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Zachary K
All Mormons are not required to serve missions, but that doesn't stop 80,000+ of them from doing it! There is a strong tradition of missionary service in the Church, and in the Bible the Savior taught "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations" (Matthew 28:19). We know that Christ's church, with His restored priesthood authority, is here again on this earth, and we feel it's the least we can do to go out for a few years and let people know about that so they can have the chance to be a part of it! Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Zachary K
If one were to read the Bible, especially the Old Testament, one would notice that this concept of only certain people being allowed to enter a temple or tabernacle is not a new idea or policy. Just as in ancient times, we believe that temples are houses of God, and that in their holy walls, He can reside and we can feel of His presence more strongly than anywhere else in this world. In order to keep that temple a place where He can reside, it must be filled with those who are spiritually and mentally prepared to keep that spirit of reverence and sacredness in the temple. Mormons aren't perfect, just like everyone else, but if they are keeping the commandments and are found worthy to enter the temple, then they, like those of old, can do temple work. However, temple work today is a bit different from temple work in the Old Testament. Instead, we perform ordinances of salvation. We baptize in proxy for family members who have passed on (as we believe they have the opportunity to learn, grow, and accept the gospel in the spirit world), perform temple marriages (which we call "sealings", which we believe will allow us to be married both here on earth and in the next life), and learn of eternal truths that help us progress and grow closer to Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less