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Hi I'm Zachary Brock

I'm a missionary. I'm an Ultimate Frisbee fanatic. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of two children in a family of four. I'm currently serving as a missionary in the California Long Beach Mission. Before my mission, I graduated from Bingham High School and began studying Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University for a year. I love learning how things work and how technology can improve the quality of others' lives. Ultimate Frisbee is my sport - partly because I'm no good at anything else (though that doesn't stop me from trying) and mostly because it's so fun. I grew up working on my grandparents' produce farm, which really made me appreciate the hard work that normal people do every day to make the rest of our lives a little bit easier. I love reading fiction to spend a few moments in another world. I also take a bit to technology - if any sort of task involves fixing a computer, troubleshooting, or even just typing up a document, put me to it and I'm a pretty happy camper. Ultimately, what makes me happiest is spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I've seen the effects it's had in my life. I grew up in the church - both my parents are members - and I'd always heard from them and from church leaders that I looked up to that it was true, but you could say that I didn't really know it was true until I'd searched myself. There's been several ways that I've seen the truth of the gospel in my life. At the beginning of my mission, I tried for some time to learn for myself if the Book of Mormon is true. I'd always believed it was, but I didn't feel like I knew completely. I followed the path that we show the people we teach to find out if the book is true - by reading the book, by pondering its message, and praying to ask God if it's true. For several weeks, I continued to do these things, adding fasting as often as I could to show greater faith to Heavenly Father. One day, as we spoke with someone we were teaching about the Book of Mormon and he brought up some doubts about its origins, I felt something telling me to testify of the truth of the Book of Mormon. As I testified that the Book of Mormon is true, an overwhelming peace and joy came over me that I could not explain and that I find difficult to describe. I know that, in that moment, God answered my prayer through the power of the Holy Ghost. That answer means everything to me - that God loves me enough to speak with me in such a way and show me the right path back to Him. I know that, because I received an answer, anyone else can do the same by following the same steps. I also have a great testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. There have been times where I have been burdened by many things - my own faults and mistakes, the effects of others' actions, sorrow of all forms - but I know that all have been healed through Christ. Sorrow turns to joy, guilt to peace, fear to faith, as we rely on Christ and apply His teachings in our lives. I've felt the Spirit tell me these things are true, and that means more to me than anything else.

How I live my faith

I am serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the area of Long Beach, California. Daily, I go out and talk to people about the gospel and invite them to come closer to Jesus Christ. One of the biggest things we do out here is simply trying to serve people - whether it be cleaning up somebody's yard or simply carrying a bag of groceries, we try to act as Christ would if He were here. He taught and served those around Him. In the same way, we teach Christ's gospel and serve our fellow men. We also try to serve our local church members by organizing social events, welfare efforts, and participating in church services. All in all, the most important thing to me and the missionaries I serve with is the people we work with, teach, and serve each and every day. It's hard work, but the smiles you put on people's faces simply from a kind act or the changes that you see those you teach make and the peace that it brings them and their family is worth more than anything I could be doing instead of being here.

What is being a Mormon like?

Zachary Brock
It's a way of life, really. We believe that by applying the things that we learn at church and from the scriptures, we have true happiness - not simply pleasure that lasts for a moment, but true joy that lasts throughout this life and into the life to come. Being a Mormon means that you live what you learn by serving others, by continuing to grow in knowledge of the gospel and of the world by study, and by simply following the example that Christ left for us by trying to be a good person. A big focus of what being a Mormon is like is on the family. We are very family-oriented and it's the most important thing to me in my life. I know that being a Mormon has helped me to have a strong and happy family, and I'm very grateful for that the gospel has helped us to achieve that. Show more Show less