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Hi I'm Zac Barnett

I am a happy husband, a college student and I love life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in eastern Utah. I have a family that is very close. I love my siblings and my parents, we are all very close. We do as much as we can together. My mom was diagnosed with cancer when I was about 14, and that experience was a hard one, but also one that helped my family grow closer together. I was recently married to my sweetheart and life with her has been wonderful. I returned home from serving a two year Mormon mission to Peru, which was the most incredible experience any young man could ever dream of having. I loved serving those who had so few earthly possessions, serving those the Savior Jesus Christ would serve and minister to. I haven't gone a day after coming home from that mission that I haven't thought of those people I served and taught in Peru. I grew up in the Mormon church and it has had a huge impact on my life and my happiness and personal development. I grew up around a lot of friends and meeting together with a group of 25 to 30 people in a friends house was not uncommon. We had a very big, yet close group of friends that all loved having fun, yet always did their best to be good people and live up to the standards of the church. My friends helped me always want to be my best. I love sports, the outdoors, music, and most especially being with my wife. I am currently going to college at BYU Idaho and studying to become an engineer.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church because my parents were members of the church, but just because I was born into the church doesn't mean I wasn't able to convert to the church myself. I read the Book of Mormon for the first time when I was about 10 years old. I was reading it because my parents read it and they told me it was a good thing to do. I still remember profoundly an experience I had reading it one night. I was sitting in a chair in my room and as I was reading I felt an incredible feeling that started in my chest and filled my whole body. I felt such a joy and happiness, its actually hard to explain with words. There is some knowledge that we gain from study and school etc. but there is also knowledge we gain and understand through feelings and the knowledge I gained while reading the Book of Mormon was exactly that. I know and felt the love of God and a very divine influence coming from that book. It has changed my life and helped me understand even better who my savior Jesus Christ is and that he really exists, that he really lives. I was also able to serve a Mormon mission for the Church and as I explained to people we taught about the church, I felt those same feelings from the Holy Ghost teaching my spirit that what I was teaching them was true. As we taught about how Christ set up his church with prophets and apostles, revelation and his authority and how that church was lost and destroyed with the death of apostles. That church was not on the face of the earth for many years until a boy had a question in his heart on which of the many churches was true. He prayed and asked God which church he should join and as a result God the Father and His son Jesus Christ appeared to him and called him to be a prophet. Christ was able to set up his true church again as it was when he lived on the earth. God called a boy to be his prophet to restore the truth. I felt that same feeling from the Holy Ghost tell me that it was true. I truly know that the church is true!

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday of my life. Jesus Christ is my example and my teacher. He is the rock of my faith and the influence that helps me make every decision I do. I am not perfect and I put my faith and trust in the grace of Jesus Christ to help me overcome my imperfections. I say prayers daily to my Heavenly Father and do my best to read from the scriptures daily to help me. I feel great peace by spending even just a few minutes daily reading and reflecting on the words in the scriptures. I love the Book of Mormon, I just finished reading it for the 17th time. I know that book is inspired of God and is true! I love the Bible as well, I am currently studying the New Testament again. I love to read the words of Christ that are found in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I mostly live my faith by doing my best to act as Christ would act. I try my best to love and be kind to those around me, to be a friend to those in need of a friend. In church me and my wife have an assignment to teach the children that are 5 years old. We love teaching them and learning from them as well. We teach them simple lessons about faith, keeping the commandments, prayer, Jesus etc. We pay tithing and consider it to be one of the greatest blessings. I have seen that the Lord blesses us always when we pay our tithing. We are poor college students, but the Lord has opened up so many doors and opportunities for us as we have faithfully paid our tithing to the church. I love to share my faith with others whether they be members of the Church or not. I have had a testimony of the truth of this church ever since I was a little boy and I know it brings peace to those who are in need of peace and happiness to those who are looking for it. I know that the Church is true because I have felt it in my heart. I live my faith mostly by serving those who are around me. I help my wife when she is struggling, and I do my best to love her and take care of her, to help her be happy.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Zac Barnett
I believe that we are saved by grace through Jesus Christ. I will use two examples to explain how I feel about it. Its like a man who has a bank account that is in debt $100,000 and he gets married to someone who has $1,000,000 in their bank account. As soon as they are married the debt of the man is gone because of the person he was married to. We get "married" to Christ through covenants such as baptism and his perfection becomes our perfection. We use his perfection to enter into Gods kingdom, for nothing short of perfect can enter Gods kingdom. We (me and Christ) are a perfect team, without Christ I cannot enter Gods kingdom. I use his perfection until (far after judgment) I am able to become perfect myself through Christ's help. So I am saved (enter Gods kingdom) by grace but come to be like my Heavenly Father through both grace and works. I through baptism enter into a covenant with Christ, if I do not do any works to try and improve myself I am breaking the contract with Christ. Its like a tandem bicycle and if I do not try to pedal, then it is no longer a team. Christ will do the huge majority of the "pedaling" but I am to do what I can in becoming like Christ and following his example. He helps me keep my covenants with grace too, with his divine help I can accomplish what he asks me to do. Show more Show less