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Hi I'm Zach Durfey

I have a love for movies and music. I love my family, making people laugh and just being myself. I am a missionary. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I moved around a lot when i was young and my family and i ended up settling in Peoria, Arizona which is where i grew up and lived most of my life. I have always loved hanging out with friends and going around finding fun things to and i have also loved being with family. I could always count on my family to make my days better. I am the middle child with an older brother and younger sister. I always enjoy being active and playing sports and am always smiling. In High School I was involved in sports and did football and wrestling and I also was involved in Student Council all 4 years which I loved. It kept me very involved in High School and helped me to know just about everyone at the school which was a lot of fun. I recently graduated and am currently serving in the Idaho Pocatello Mission and am so grateful for this opportunity to be involved in this great work and to serve the Lord for 2 years in so great a cause.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I have received a spiritual witness that this Gospel is true and that this church is true. I had been praying for an answer if the Book of Mormon was true and if the church is true and hadn't been feeling anything. The next thing i felt was discouragement and frustration because i should be feeling the Holy Ghost but i wasn't. The day that i was to get my mission call, some of my family and i went to a burial ground for 4 missionaries that were killed in a car wreck on their missions and my uncle asked me if i would be willing to bear my testimony when we got there to everyone and to answer this question: "If you knew that if you were to serve a mission that you wouldn't come home, would you still go?" So i thought hard about that question until we got there.We got to the sight and i looked at that headstone for those missionaries and just thought long and hard about what i was going to say. The time finally came for me to bear my testimony and went up in front of everyone and i only got a couple of words out before i just stopped. I felt something just overcome me and it came more powerfully than anything i had ever felt before. Then i just started crying and couldn't stop. Then i said, "There is nothing in this world that could stop me from serving a mission because i know its what i need to do." I am grateful for my testimony that came through that spiritual confirmation and I'm grateful for the peace and happiness it brings me each and every day.

How I live my faith

I was born into the church and grew up in an active family which i am very grateful for. We went to church every Sunday, had family home evening every Monday night, I was involved in early morning seminary, went hometeaching with my dad at the end of every month and did all of these things growing up. I was doing everything I was supposed to do but it wasn't doing very much for me and that's when I realized I needed to change. Even though I was born into the church, I still had to gain my own testimony. So I decided that I would read the Book Of Mormon all the way through for the first time before i left on my mission and I did. I finished 2 days before I left and i am so grateful that i chose to do that. Afterward I prayed about it and didn't faint or have any glorious visions but I thought back to what I read and the spirit testified to me that it is true. I am so grateful for that experience and I am very happy to be serving my mission knowing that I can help others have similar experiences and can see the Gospel bless their lives as it has blessed mine.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Zach Durfey
We do not, in any sense of the word, worship Joseph Smith. We only worship our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. We teach others about Joseph Smith because its important to recognize what he did and that he was a true prophet. We also recognize that the true gospel of Jesus Christ and priesthood authority was restored through him and that he translated the Book of Mormon. We respect him and always remember him as a prophet but we do not worship him. Show more Show less