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Hi I'm Zak

I'm a dad, a husband, an engineer, an Elders Quorum President, and a surfer. I love to exercise with my wife, and I love CA!

About Me

I have 6 kids and a super beautiful wife. All but 1 of the kids were born in Western Washington (north of Seattle). We moved to California's Central Coast after getting sick of living like vampires. My hobbies include playing with my kids, exercising with my wife, running with my Bishop, riding bikes, and surfing. I design and build engine blocks and components for (mostly) professional drag-racing teams (www.ajpe.net). I love gadgets and toys (...I'm especially fond of my surfboard collection), but my family is definitely the best part of me. Most people are very impressed and surprised when I tell them we have 6 children, but they are usually down-right shocked when they see how beautiful they all are (I married WAY up). I have done a couple of endurance-type bike rides (60 miles+) and I really want to complete a marathon one of these days.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know it's what I want for myself and my family. I have lived standards other than what the church teaches, and I wasn't happy. As I progress and learn more about the Gospel, I notice that I am happier more often. My marriage is better every day, and I have more meaningful relationships. I have learned what I can do to give my children the best opportunities in life, and I know how I can be truly happy.

How I live my faith

I am a new Elders Quorum president. I have tried to be the best Home Teacher I can be over the past few years and it has really blessed our family. I love to work with ward and full-time missionaries. I am very close with my bishop and I've learned a lot about inspiration and priesthood keys through our relationship. I recently baptized my 3rd child! I try very hard to be a good example and live my religion daily, rather than just on Sundays or when fulfilling an assignment. At a special training meeting recently, our area 70's representative told me that my job as EQ president is to make sure that everyone I meet walks away feeling better about themselves than they did before. I am sure that means EVERYONE, not just church members or people I meet while wearing a suit.