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Hi I'm Zak

I was born and raised in Texas! I'm a pole vaulter, I love being outside, I have a major sweet tooth, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Howdy, y'all! I'm Zak! I'm the youngest of 9 children making me the "spoiled" little brother. I have always been super active in sports. In high school I was involved in wrestling, cross country, gymnastics, and track and field (polevault and highjump), being team captain my senior year. I also did other things like theater, spirit squad, and NHS. Before getting injured I was on the BYU track team as a pole vaulter. I'm currently majoring in Exercise Science with the hope of one day becoming a Physical Therapist. Based off of my past activities and current major, you could probably guess that I love being active and trying new and exciting things! Things like hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, etc. It's no wonder that I'm always injuring myself and I never seem to allow myself the time to recover before getting back at it again.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS church. However, I am a Mormon because I chose to be myself. Growing up in the Church, you always here "don't rely on your parent's testimony of the Church, gain your own through study and prayer." I didn't really take this to heart until I was about 16. Up till then I hadn't really tried to gain my own testimony, I simply went through the motions. But, at that time I had decided that it was time for me to find the truthfulness of the Gospel myself. That year I read the Book of Mormon, all the way through, by myself, for the first time of my life. After completing my reading I prayed and asked God whether or not what I had read was true. After I asked and waited quietly for an answer I felt the Love of God completely fill me from head to toe. It was like a warm embrace from the inside-out and the outside-in. It is through this experience that I gained my testimony that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His son Jesus Christ and through their instruction and power, restored Christ's Gospel to the Earth. I know this because I actively sought for the truth, and I know that if one acts in faith and then asks in faith, they will receive a witness of the truth for themselves.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others. Through serving others, you let them know that they are loved and that they have a Heavenly Father who knows them, loves them, and cares about them. At school there is a club I'm involved in called Adaptive Aquatics. In this service oriented club, we help kids who are physically unable to swim on their own be able to experience the fun and joy of the pool! The greatest reward from this is seeing those kids faces when they first get into the pool. Their excitement and joy is something so visibly expressed that it brings the same joy and excitement to your own face. There are so many service opportunities out there! You don't have to join a club or an organization to find ways to help others. It could be something as simple as helping someone move or do yard work. Even the simplest things will help others feel the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ and that of God, our Heavenly Father.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, missions are not a requirement for Mormons, however it is seen as more of a privilege and blessing to have to opportunity to go on one. The Savior taught his disciples to "teach ALL nations" about his Gospel. I personally love the Gospel and I have seen the happiness that it has brought not only into my life and the lives of my family, but to several others who seek after it as well. Because of this, I want all of Gods children to hear the message of Christ and to receive this happiness. It is because of this that I am accepting the opportunity to go on a mission and to serve God's children. Show more Show less