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Hi I'm Zack

I'm from Alpine, Utah. I'm in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of 6. I have one brother and two sisters. Age-wise, I am the oldest of my siblings. I am currently attending BYU in Provo, Utah. Having graduated from Lone Peak High School, I am very sports-oriented and I love what those sports have taught me. I played football and I wrestled in high school. Those two sports alone taught me the importance of discipline, teamwork, unity, perseverance, hard work, and to never give up. I once heard a quote that no dream is too big and no dreamer is too small and that is how I live my life. At BYU, I am currently majoring in Mandarin Chinese with a minor in Aerospace Studies. I am a member of the Detachment 855 AFROTC and I am a current member of the Honor Guard.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love the standards and teachings of Christ's gospel. This is a gospel of happiness. It has given me a sense of direction and purpose in my life that I did not think that I would find. It has encouraged me to stand up for what I know to be right. It has given me the courage to face anything and everything in my life with strength, resolve, and diligence. It has given me the ability to always strive to be a little better and to help those around me become a little better. I have a testimony that living prophets are on the Earth today. I know that President Monson is a true prophet of God. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith did translate it. I know that Jesus Christ atoned for our sins and that through him we can become clean and that we can become better individuals. I also have a testimony of the importance of families. I also know that in serving others, we ourselves become better by making the lives of those around us better. Lastly, I know that as we continue to face trials and hardships in this life, those same trials and hardships are and will be the refining fires to which our strength, faith, courage, resolve, will, testimony, and love of God grow.

How I live my faith

I have come to the realization that one of the best ways to influence those around you is to be an example. Having said that, I live in accordance to the Air Force core values which are "Integrity first, service before self, excellence in all we do." I love the core values because they enforce the idea of being individuals of integrity and character. They also emphasize the importance of service. Lastly, the standard that has been set to strive for and to live by is one of excellence. I think one of the greatest ways to change the world around us is to serve others because when we serve others, we are also serving our Heavenly Father. When selflessness is greater than selfishness our hearts are softened, pride is replaced with humility, and love can be found.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Zack
Missionaries usually serve when they are 18 to 21 years old. Older, retired men and women can also serve missions. In fact, married couples can serve missions as well. Missionaries serve anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 years. Missionaries come from around the world and also serve globally. Missionaries are not paid for their service, in fact that is what a mission is all about; service to others. While serving full-time, missionaries will represent Jesus Christ and His Gospel. An example of a (soon-to-be) missionary is myself, I am 19 years old and am from the United States of America. I will be going on a mission in a few months to Brisbane, Australia and will actually be learning to speak Mandarin Chinese. I will serve and teach those around me. I will serve for two years and will be representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less