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Hi I'm Zach Simons

I grew up overseas. I am a student at BYU and currently a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have the hardest time answering the question "where are you from?" My dad is American, but my mom is English. I didn't grow up in either place. In fact, I grew up overseas because of my dad's job. We lived in Greece, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Belgium, Germany and Israel. Currently my parents are in Washington DC, though they will soon be living in Madrid, Spain. I have an older sister and a younger brother. Our whole family is very close. I love them. I graduated from high school in Israel and began attending Brigham Young University in the fall of 2012. I took a two year break to serve a LDS mission. I was a missionary in Donetsk, Ukraine for one year and finished my second year in Charlotte, North Carolina due to the violent conflict in Ukraine. It was very hard to leave Ukraine but I learned a lot and grew from experiences both in Ukraine and North Carolina. I used to be an avid runner but have become lazy in recent years. I grew up playing soccer and still love to play every now and then. I am slightly addicted to TV and I also love all kinds of music. Traveling is a passion of mine. I love speaking Russian. I returned to BYU in the summer of 2015 and began studying International Relations and Russian as a double major. My goal is to attend Duke Law School in order to pursue international law.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are active and faithful members of the LDS church. They raised us in the church, teaching us the doctrines and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was baptized into the church at eight years old and choose to be an active and faithful member today. It was always our choice, as my parents never forced anything on us. I continue to choose to be a Mormon because I have had so many powerful, faith-building experiences. From experiences with prayer as a young teen, to feeling the love of God as I prepared to be one of His missionaries, I know that God lives. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. He loves us and can redeem and enable us because of His atonement. We must simply have faith in Him. Faith leads us to act by following His teachings. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings peace and joy. Life brings many, many hard trials but through Christ all can be made right. Through prayer, scripture study, church attendance, and other experiences, I have come to know these truths. As I've done these things the Holy Ghost has testified to me that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live and they love us.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ is an active faith. It is a way of life, rather than just a checklist of things we do. We make covenants or promises with God and continually strive to live up to those promises. I am grateful for the covenants that I have made: baptism, obtaining the priesthood, and covenants in holy temples. I live up to these covenants by actively participating in my local congregation. As a youth I served in smaller leadership positions - quorum presidencies. As an adult I served for two years as a missionary, serving in various leadership positions then. I have also been a teacher in priesthood meetings, a counselor in the young men's program and I currently serve as an elder's quorum president in my congregation.Serving in these callings is a way I can volunteer my time to serve the Lord. In addition, I strive to study the scriptures daily, pray continually throughout the day, attend church weekly, attend the temple regularly, and obey all of the commandments. I am grateful to hold the priesthood in order to bless others as needed. In addition, I try to fulfill my responsibility as a home teacher by visiting members each month.