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Hi I'm Zach

I've lived most of my life in Utah, though I lived in Colorado for several years. I'm an Eagle Scout, and I love music.

About Me

I love music. Before I graduated from high school, I played in the Marching Band, the Wind Ensemble, a combined orchestra and the Jazz Band. I played clarinet and saxophone. I graduated from an Early College High School with my associates degree. I plan on becoming an Engineer after my mission through Utah State. I'm an avid scouter with my Eagle Scout, Varsity Letter, and Denali Award. I enjoy roughing it in the out doors to the point where my youth leaders avoid me during planning meetings. My favorite foods are pizza and ravioli. I've been called to serve in the Washington D.C. South Mission, and I'm really excited. I also enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee, hiking, reading, playing video games, and thinking. Yes, I enjoy thinking.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for a very simple reason. It's true. In the Book of Mormon, there is a scripture: Moroni 10:4-5. It invites one who has read the book to pray to our father in heaven and ask him if it is true (one can cross reference this with James 1:5-6). So when I finished the Book of Mormon, I was about 10 or 11, I prayed to my father in heaven. Now, I didn't receive some grand answer, with angles surrounding me in a pillar of fire, but when I closed my prayer and pondered it a little, I realized I felt good. I focused on that feeling, letting it imprint on my mind so I would never forget it. Later, I was sitting in the Priesthood session of General Conference, and that feeling returned, strong enough to give me goosebumps. I asked my father what it was, and he told me it was the spirit. That is when in clicked. Though I question my own beliefs every once in a while (a healthy thing to do by the way) I do not doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. That is why I'm a Mormon. That is why I put up with all those funny little rules. I know it is true, and I say this in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I take my faith very seriously. I don't swear, drink, do drugs, look at porn, or drink caffeine. Instead, I read the scriptures, attend LDS seminary, and go to church for three hours on Sunday. I live my life in such a way that I may be worthy to hold and exercise my Priesthood. I do so by blessing, passing, and preparing the sacrament. I occasionally have to give a blessing, and I once baptized my younger brother. It is very important for me to always be worthy, that way I'm never caught unprepared. Once a month, I try and go home teaching. This is where my companion and I go to member homes and check up on them and make sure they are doing o.k. This is a blessing to their lives as well as my own. I have learned more about myself from home teaching than anything else I do. Being one of the older youth, I'm often looked at as an example for younger members of my ward. I find this kind of intimidating, but it helps me stay on "the straight and narrow."

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Zach
The Mormon prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. He is the prophet of our church, but he has two councilors, Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uctdorf. They are the First Presidency and are the head of our Church, similar to Peter, James, and John. President Monson is also the only person on the planet who holds and is authorized to use all Priesthood keys, making him the most important man on the Planet. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Zach
In 1820, there was a fourteen year-old boy named Joseph Smith who was unsure of what church to join. He read the bible, and read James 1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." So, Joseph to the challenge and asked God in spoken prayer which church he should join. Suddenly, a pillar of light descended upon him, brighter than the noon day sun. God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared unto him and told him that their church, the only true church, was not on the earth at that time. They charged Joseph with responsibility to restore their Gospel under the name of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Zach
Jesus Christ set the example for righteousness here in this life. The very fist thing he did before he began his ministry was being baptized. He baptized by immersion by John the Baptist, who had the priesthood authority to batize. We follow Christ's example and baptise new members as He was. It creates a covenant, or promise, between the new member and the Lord. You covenant to be willing to be like Christ. Baptism also washes away all sins, and when a new member emerges from the water, they are completely clean. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Zach
I'm very glad that I'm a mormon. If I wasn't, I'd probally be an unvalued person in society. I'm thankful for the church and the lifestyle that comes from it. The more "spiritual" I become, the happier I am. I rise earlier, get more out of my day, and I'm smiling a lot more. Sure, I don't party, or drink, or act as 90% of the rest of teenagers, but I am respected by my peers and my elders, I have a higher self esteem than I would other wise, and I know where I am going in life. What is being a Mormon like? It is knowing, without a doubt that you are doing your best to be like Christ. It makes me happy. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Zach
The word cult is often defined as an unorthodox religion. Frankly, because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was not a break away from Catholism and many of the basic beliefs of the Church contradict common christian beliefs, it may seem unorthodox to some. The word cult is thrown around mostly by enemies to mormons and those who do not understand who we are as a religion. It fascinates me how many people see us as a "cult" but haven't even visited our chruch. As more people come to see who we truly are, I predict that previous prejudice will be swept under the carpet and people will see we are not a cult. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Zach
The differences between the Bible and the Book of Mormon include: The Bible was written by prophets in Judea. The Book of Mormon was written by prophets in the Americas, the Bible is translated from Hebrew to Greek to Latin to English by many people over the course of several centuries, and the Book of Mormon was translated from the language of the Nephites to English by the power of God only once. The major similarities: Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon testify of Jesus Christ who is the Son of God. They are both writen by prophets who, through revalation, were able to testify of His divinity. Joseph Smith, a prophet of God, was lead my the angel Moroni, who was the last prophet in the Book of Mormon, to a nearby hill where Moroni had anciently burried the Book of Mormon in order to preserve it for the latter days. Because paper would've eventually decayed, Moroni used Gold Plates to write down the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Zach
Um... No. The Church as an entity serves many different religions and countries. If Mormons only helped Mormons, we would not be very Christ-like. I have many friends and even some family who are not Mormons, but I help them and serve them whenever I can. Show more Show less