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Hi I'm Zach Draper

I'm from Utah. I'm an older brother, a skier, a fisherman, a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently I am a missionary serving in the Mexico, Xalapa Mission. Before my mission I spent my time in the mountains of Utah. I love to ski with my family and friends. I am an avid fly fisherman and nothing feels closer to home than the silence and serenity of the mountains, whether I am standing in a stream, or flying down a slope. I'm the oldest of two in my family, and have the greatest parents anyone could ask for. I have also been blessed with three of the greatest friends in the world, who are currently serving missions in the Cebu Philippines, Peru Lima North, and the Santiago Chile Missions.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I remember making the choice to be baptized, thinking why I wanted to jump in a little pool and get dunked by my dad, what did it mean to me? I chose to live worthily to receive the priesthood, enter the Lords temples, and just this year I made the decision to serve a two year mission. I am a Mormon because of the hope it gives me for my future, the power that comes from knowing where I came from and, should I live worthily, the blessings that are in store. I know that the Book of Mormon is, as Joseph Smith said, "the truest book that a man may read", and through it, I have come to know God on a personal level in a way that I couldn't without reading. I love my Savior and I know that he lives and will come again.

How I live my faith

I live in a very predominantly Mormon community and that has made it pretty easy for me to live my standards. I strive to find missionary opportunities in almost everything I do! I have been all over the country with different school clubs and sports teams and one thing has always been interesting to me. The light of Christ can be physically seen by those who edify Christ's teachings. The greatest missionary experiences don't start with a Book of Mormon or a bearing of a testimony, they start with the pure love of Christ. Charity, love, kindness, purity, and selflessness reach much farther than the invitation to read the Book of Mormon in my experience and I live every day to do those things as much as possible.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Zach Draper
The Atonement of Jesus Christ was the greatest event in the history of the world. It entails the sufferings of Jesus of Nazareth, beginning in the Garden of Gethsemane and ending with His death on the cross. As Christ prayed in the garden, He took upon himself all of the sins, afflictions, infirmities, and shortcomings of the world. He then suffered torturous treatment from the Roman Centurions, which climaxed in the nailing of His hands and feet to the cross. As He hung on the cross, He again descended from godliness and felt all the pains of the world only as the son of God could. In that moment preceding Christs ascension to the Kingdom of His Father, He was utterly alone, being cut off from his presence totally. Christ did this for all of us, as it says in the Book of Mormon, no man could return to the presence of the Father save there be a great atoning sacrifice. Through Christ we can be made clean, be forgiven of our sins, rise above our infirmities, and have our weaknesses be made strong. Because of Him, we can know true happiness. Show more Show less