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Hi I'm Zachary Andrews

I grew up in Las Vegas. I'm a student at BYU studying Psychology. I love music and Frisbee, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Mormon who enjoys the simple fun things. I play all sorts of sports non-competitively. I run small triathlons. Music is my life. I can't play a musical instrument, but listening and connecting with it is my way. Friends make fun of me because I have at least one headphone in a lot of the time. Among my friends I am the music guru who knows all the random answers to questions like "what band is this?", "what's the name of the album?", "what are the top ten love songs of the 80s?", and "what year did this band break up?". I am currently trying to find a singer within myself. I just think if I can sing the songs that make an impact on my life, then they will become even more meaningful to me and maybe others that have a chance to hear me sing. I'm that guy in the room that knows every word to every song, and I'm proud of it! I like mind games and things that make me think. I guess it's what attracted me to a Major in Psychology. I love how the mind works and hope to be able to participate in Clinical Psychology Laboratory testing. Spending time with friends and family means everything to me. I feel like I have an inept ability to get along with just about anyone, and I love to get to know new people.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this Church, and have been around it my whole life. Despite this, I had to choose for myself whether or not I wanted to believe. I have my fair share of doubts in my life, but each time I found that this Church has come through for me. It's a feeling. It's a wonderful feeling. You get it when you sincerely try to understand what this Church is about. It's ok to question, because I did. It is how this Church was restored... because a fourteen year old boy had a sincere desire to know of which Church to join. The boy Joseph Smith prayed in a grove of trees, and God and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to him, and told him that the many churches of the day had truth, but none were fully correct. It is a story that can sound ridiculous to some, but it is real. I know it. Because of it, it has brought the restored Gospel that I am willing to go out and share with people. I know that I am a literal child of our Heavenly Father. We knew Him, and He knew us. He gave us this life so that we could receive a body and learn to be just like Him. But we must be perfect, and none of us are. Because of this, our Heavenly Father sent His Son Jesus Christ to come to earth and atone for the sins of the world, and then rise again the third day to conquer death. He did it just for you, and He did it just for me, and through His grace, all mankind can be saved. I know that through this plan, we can be with those that we love most forever. Christ set up a Church upon the earth through the power and authority of the Priesthood. That authority left the earth with the death of the apostles. Joseph Smith restored that priesthood back to the earth. Joseph Smith was a Prophet of the Lord in these latter days, and I firmly testify that we are sill lead by a living Prophet today who reveals the will of the Lord as pertains to our day. These things I know, and bear solemn witness of. I can't deny it.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve as the President of the group of men in my ward of singles. It's a humbling experience to be chosen to lead those who are far better at many things that pertain to this calling than I am. I faithfully attend my Church meetings every Sunday and make sure that the sacrament is taken care of. I attend weekly meetings and make sure that the needs of the guys and girls are met. Hometeaching is a big part of my job. In a ward where there are three times the amount of girls as boys it can get a little overwhelming to make sure that all the women are visited at least once a month and receive a spiritual message. We make sure that if there is anything that the women need they are taken care of. Once a month I teach the men in Church on something that I feel could strengthen all of us. It takes a lot of prayer and faith to find a topic that can be influential, and it usually takes the whole month to think about. In the end, it always turns out ok, and we grow closer together. I am preparing to serve as a missionary of the Mormon Church in Daejeon South Korea. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be going across the world to teach people of an entire different race and language about Christ and His restored Church here upon the earth. The prospect of what I am doing is overwhelming at times, but there is nothing that I would rather be doing than serving the Korean people for two years! I will preach of Jesus Christ, and His ministry, and also about how that same Church that He established has been restored in our day by the Prophet Joseph Smith and is being led by a living Prophet today.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Zachary Andrews
Despite what many believe, Mormons do believe in Grace. We have to, because it is the only way we can be saved. Christ atoned for our sins, and only through His Grace do we even have the option to be saved. But like many things, we must choose His Grace, for we are not automatically saved. It is our duty to take upon the sacred name of Christ and emulate Him in every way. By doing this we will love and serve others with all of our hearts. Once we accept Christ into our hearts and try our best to be like Him, it is only then that His Grace will come upon us. We of ourselves cannot earn salvation, it is only through Christ's Grace. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Zachary Andrews
Mormons believe that we were not here by chance. We believe that we lived before this life as spirits created by our Father in Heaven. We saw Him, and wanted to be just like Him. He has a body of flesh and bone. He created a plan in which we could come to this Earth, receive a body, and then return back to His presence. This plan included us coming to Earth not only to receive a body, but to be tested and tried and use our own choice. We are to gain experience and learn because that is how our Father in Heaven works. We are also given families here that we might be happy, and it is part of the plan to spend eternity with them. Since we are here, it means we chose to be here, and we all have the potential to make it back to our Father. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Zachary Andrews
Mormons believe that the Bible is the Word of God, as long as it is translated correctly. The widely accepted version we use is the King James version of the Bible, yet there may be other translations that are correct in many ways. We believe that it is Holy Scripture and there are many truths in them. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Zachary Andrews
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. This is how it is and always will be. However, we do understand that many have homosexual tendencies and feelings. These feelings are real and sometimes they cannot be helped. As a Church we understand what one may feel, and feeling that way is not a sin. Acting upon that tendency is when it becomes a sin. We love and accept all those who refer to themselves as "gay" or "lesbian", because we are all children of our Heavenly Father. We do our best to understand what they may be going through, but do not condone the behavior of acting upon those homosexual feelings. Marriage is sacred in the sight of God, and homosexuality is making a mockery of what God sees as the divine sacred duty of procreation and raising children. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Zachary Andrews
Yes, we as Mormon's do believe the Bible to be the Word of God. It is an important Book and is not overlooked within our Religion. The Bible testifies of Jesus Christ. Those things that testify of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior are good. The Bible is full of many truths that we can learn from. The Book of Mormon also testifies of Jesus Christ, and compliments the Bible as a second witness to the Divinity of the Savior. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Zachary Andrews
Having been a teenager in the Las Vegas area, I have been surrounded by such things in my lifetime. Pornography is destructive to the mind and spirit. I have seen many good people become distorted because of it. The best thing in which we can do is to strengthen the family. All of these problems can be avoided with love in the home. Advocation of moral things will keep children and even adults safe from such harmful things. Once the core is strengthened in the home, then those within it will be able to go out and advocate it with their friends and neighbors. When we stand our ground, others have no choice but to either accept out view, or not bother with us anymore. When we center our lives on Christ, we will want to become like Him. He loved moral and chaste things. Looking to our Savior and being an example of Him is our best hope to stopping the spread of this addiction. As we emulate Him, we will choose to stand up for all that is good and Chaste in this life, and others will see us and want to be more like us. Let your voice be heard without vicousness, but a stern and steadfast voice that denotes that you would like change. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Zachary Andrews
I believe that we see this exponential growth in the Church because it is a Church for everyone! Those that seek strong core values and principles find them here. The family is strenghtened by the principles we share. Our Church containes the answers to life's greatest questions... "Where did I come from?", "What is my purpose in life?", "Who am I?", "Where am I going?". This Church is also a very happy Church, and people like to be happy. There is a joy and peace here. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Zachary Andrews
The Apostle Paul counseled in 1 Corinthians 6, "What? Know ye not that ye are the Temple of the Holy Spirit?". Our bodies are sacred. The Lord has revealed His law of Health to the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1833. This is known as the Word of Wisdom. This law is found in Doctrine and Covenants 89. It prohibits the use of Tobacco, Alcohol, Hot Drinks (Coffee and Tea), as well as any unwholesome herbs. The Lord only wants us to be healthy and keep ourselves close to him, and that includes our physical wellbeing. Show more Show less