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Hi I'm Zach Hales

I am a student at BYU studying Chemical Engineering. I love to play basketball and volleyball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I lived most of my life in Arizona, in Tucson and in Gilbert. I played volleyball in High School, and after graduation I served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Uruguay. Now I am a student at Brigham Young University, but am undecided still on what major to study. I am interested however in science and the human body. Other interests include watching movies, going to sporting events and spending time with my friends.

Why I am a Mormon

The simple answer is that I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true, and that it was established by God Himself and His Son Jesus Christ, through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know this because I have read the Book of Mormon and I have prayed to ask God whether or not it is true, and He has answered my prayers. I cannot deny the things that I have felt and that I continue to feel when I am pray, when I go to church, and when I read the scriptures, both the Bible and the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

I lived in Uruguay as a missionary for 2 years teaching the people there about Jesus Christ and the things that I know to be true. Now, I attend church meetings every Sunday. I try to make time every day to study the scriptures.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Zach Hales
The main meeting is called Sacrament meeting, in which the congregation sings hymns together, usually 3 speakers will talk on Gospel subjects, and we partake of the Sacrament (bread and water that is blessed and passed to the congregation in memory of Jesus Christ). Afterwards, there are Sunday School classes, which are Gospel lessons taught by age group. And yes, you and any other visitors are more than welcome to attend church with us. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Zach Hales
When Joseph Smith was a young teenager, he was confused about which church he should join because all of the churches of the day would disagree and contend with each other, but each claimed to teach the truth. In his study of the Bible, he learned that he should pray and ask God and that God would answer him and teach him what he needed to know (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."). Joseph later went into a grove of trees near his home and prayed, asking God which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph, and told him not to join any church because the church that was established by Jesus during his mortal life had been lost and no longer existed on the earth. "The First Vision" is the name used to refer to this event. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Zach Hales
Missionaries teach about Jesus Christ, His Atonement and gospel, God's plan for us and His commandments, and the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in modern times. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Zach Hales
Yes. We believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as the Son of God and our Savior. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Zach Hales
Men usually wear a suit/white shirt and tie. Women usually wear a dress or skirt. We celebrate Christmas and Easter, because they are significant with regards to the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We also celebrate national holidays, such as the 4th of July, etc. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Zach Hales
No. We worship God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was important to us because he was a prophet, called by God to restore His church and teach His gospel. We respect him, just as we do the ancient prophets talked of in the Bible, but we do not worship him. Show more Show less