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Hi I'm Zach Cochran

I was born and raised in Vermont. I love my family and love to play all sports, especially basketball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have two sisters and one brother. My sisters are both married and both have two children. With a total of four nieces and nephews I work hard to beat out my brother to be the best and favorite uncle! I have attended a full year of school at Southern Virginia University and plan to transfer to the University of Utah after I serve a mission. I have been called to serve as a missionary in the Campinas, Brazil mission. I have grown up playing all sports, but have always focused on basketball. I plan to play at Southern Virginia if I happen to return there after my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. My family has been members of the LDS church for a few generations now. Although I may not have a conversion story it still does not mean I haven't had my challenges. Growing up in Vermont I have had the opportunity to stand up for my beliefs. I was 1 out of 1200 students and I was the only Mormon. I faced much peer pressure and constant questioning of my beliefs. Facing all this I found myself falling into peer pressure, making decisions I know I shouldn't, and questioning my faith as well. I began feeling down and knew I wasn't making the best decisions, but when around family and members of my church I would put up a front, almost a second face. As the time of becoming a missionary was nearing I knew I had to make a decision. Give myself completely to the Lord or tell everyone how I felt and what I was thinking. I chose to trust in the Lord. I knelt in prayer and after saying Amen I knew the only thing I could do was keep pushing forward; that I was supposed to serve a mission; that I did indeed have a purpose. Although I knew the direction I needed to go I still was facing all these trials. I hit a point in my life where I had to either give up my friends or my faith. I love my friends, but I slowly let go as I knew their priorities did not coincide with mine. Standing alone I have progressed and developed a testimony that I could not have any other way. I know that this is the true church. I know that we are God's children and that he loves us. I know that God sent his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins. I know the atonement is there for us to use each and everyday and I am so grateful for this. No matter what we have done and no matter what we will do in our futures, there is nothing that cannot be forgiven through the atonement. Christ knows our pain, knows our trials. He is there for us to lean on when we are not strong enough ourselves. Through this lesson I have learned more than I could ever ask for.

How I live my faith

I recently have had two callings for the church. I was a teacher for adult males 18 and older. With this calling took much preparation as the lessons I taught contained much material that needs to be discussed in depth while still remaining simple to the foundational teachings of the church. I also held a calling as a family home evening group leader. Each Monday my singles ward would meet as a group for an hour and have an activity with a spiritual aspect and with snacks. As group leader I had to plan the activity, make refreshments, come up with a spiritual thought, and search and invite many people to attend. In my community I have only had a decent amount of participation while becoming an Eagle Scout. For my project I sought after veterans in my town, held a dinner in their honor, and invited the Veterans Affairs Hospital to send representatives to explain benefits regarding each individual that attended. After this event several veterans now have health care, or changes regarding health care and their benefits. Many are now saving money while receiving money from the government that they deserve in support of their health.