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Hi I'm Zachary Ashworth

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Idaho. I will be serving a mission in Santiago South, Chile.

About Me

I'm getting ready to serve a mission in the Santiago South, Chile mission. I have just graduated high school and enjoyed attending seminary classes where I learned more about the gospel and the scriptures. I am part of a State Championship football team that went 12-0. It was great being able to attend a school where 20 plus of those Seniors on the football team are serving missions all over the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS church and have been a Mormon all my life. When I was around 13 years old I finally read the Book of Mormon all the way and followed Moroni's promise in Moroni 10:4-5. When I prayed sincerly if the Book of Mormon was true I had that "burning in my bosom". I now know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that this church is the true church of God, and that our prophet Thomas S. Monson is on this earth today to lead us and guide us with modern day revelation through Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I attended Seminary classes in high school where I was able to spend an hour of each day with those who are members of the LDS faith, studying the scriptures and teachings of our prophets. I have been able to help others by serving in callings in the church where I am over other youth that I get to be with and help on at least a weekly basis. Now I am living my faith by going to Chile to serve the Lord for two years and to bring others the joy of the gospel.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Zachary Ashworth
No, Mormons are not required to serve missions. Our prophet has told us that all worthy and able young men should prepare to serve a mission but in the end it is ultimately our choice as an individual. Young women are not required to serve missions either. If any Mormon wants to serve a mission it is their choice as an individual that they must make because it is a big choice to leave your family and home for two years. Show more Show less